As a young entrepreneur, there are several walls that you may hit throughout your journey. Oftentimes, behind those walls are people that you thought cared about you and what you are trying to accomplish.
Kanye West’s song, “Dream Killers,” says it best:
They are the misery that loves company
Cuz that comfortable corporate job can’t comfort me
Told em I finished school, then I started my own business
They said “Oh you graduated?” No I decided I was finished
Chasin yall dreams and what you got planned
When you are on cloud nine and floating with confidence about your new business, someone asks you why? Why what? Why did you start that type of business? Is it going to make any money? Isn’t someone else doing that already?
Before you answer the first question, you slowly start descending back to the ground and are no longer floating. Your confidence has been tampered with. The killer has caught the dream that holds your success and the theme music starts playing in the background.
After the battle of answering numerous questions, did you find yourself defeated or victorious? If you fully believe in yourself and what you are capable of, then your dream should not be affected.
Fighting dream killers will always be a constant interaction on your entrepreneurial journey, but you just have to know how to conquer them. Here are few ways to do so:
Time Management: Avoid being a procrastinator; the longer that you take to accomplish your goals, the more time people have to interfere and doubt you. Make sure you are allocating enough time to properly balance your professional goals and personal life.
Interpret Reality: Most dream killers’ response is “Be realistic.” While your dreams may not seem real to everyone else around you, make sure that you don’t allow their doubt to cloud your prospective. The point of this journey is to establish goals that can make your dreams realities.
Take Charge: Dream killers can only kill your dreams if you allow them too. If you let people get under your skin, then you will start to believe what they say. If you allow that to happen, you may not be as strong as you thought. Learn how to use their comments as constructive criticism and take the positive out of what they are saying.
When friends, family or competition have a lot of opportunity to discuss their feelings, then their words will become records spinning in your head. The criticism will become fear, which will eat away at your courage.
The very courage that allows your cloud to float, so wrap yourself in an amour of confidence and assurance in order to conquer the world and kill the dream killers, before they kill you.