My entire first year as an entrepreneur was what I call “revenue free.”

That’s a polite way of saying it took me 12 months to get my first paying client.

Needless to say, I had many (many) dark days, wondering if this was what I was supposed to be doing.

There were two things that got me through that tough period, until I started generating revenue.

  1. I knew I was supposed to be an entrepreneur, and I kept imagining the day I would someday come face to face with God, and He would ask me, “What made you think it was supposed to be easy?” I never thought of myself as a quitter, and I wasn’t about to start now.
  2. RIDICULOUS. Whenever I thought about giving up and doing something else, I kept telling myself, “How RIDICULOUS would it be for me to quit now, after already putting in 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 months!” The further I got into my dark first year, the more I emphasized the word RIDICULOUS, and truth be told, I added a few expletives for emphasis!

Building a successful business is not easy.

You will be tested every day, in ways you don’t even know right now.

But, if you ever feel like giving up, do what I did and ask yourself, “How RIDICULOUS would it be for me to quit now?”

And, if you are a person of faith, imagine God someday asking you, “What made you think it was supposed to be easy?”

And then keep moving forward.

If you’re struggling achieving success in business, the question is: “How badly do you want it?”

Consider taste-testing what your life could look like:


Cap't Jim Palmer, The Dream Business Coach

Cap’t Jim Palmer, best known internationally as the Dream Business Coach, is creator of the Dream Business Mastermind and Coaching Program and host of Dream Business Radio – a weekly podcast based on Jim’s smart marketing and dream business building strategies. He is also the founder of Success Advantage Publishing.

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