One of my favorite people to take advice from is Joel Brown. Whether it is life or business advice, he always speaks the truth and offers great guidance. One of my favorite lessons that Joel teaches, is the lesson to follow your arrow. He tells the story of a man whose ship crashes and he is left with nothing as he is washed up to shore. As the man is cursing his misfortune, an old man comes to him with a bow and arrow and instructs him to shoot the arrow and follow it. The man, not sure of where this arrow will lead, continues to shoot his arrow, over and over and over again until his shoulders are sore and his feet ache from traveling so far. He then gets to a field where there is a small child running through the tall grass – a sign of life, hope, and new opportunity.
Ah, victory! The moral of this story is that no matter your circumstance or the difficult times we are sometimes dealt, they can all turn in to opportunities. With a little perseverance, hard work, and faith - bad times can be blessings. I think this lesson is especially important as an entrepreneur and the very lesson I teach my sons about life.
In business, there are a lot of uncertainties and you learn that you cannot control the circumstances no matter how much of a master planner you are. There will be times when sales are short, times are tough, partnerships fall through, or you’re just having an off week. Sometimes we just lack the energy needed to keep it all together.
The key to success is to not let yourself stay down for too long, and to continue following your “arrow” – whether that be getting out of bed every day to get to work, completing one extra thing on your to do list, or putting yourself out there in small ways. In the end, all that you can do is put one foot in front of the other and do your best and opportunity will always present itself.
Here’s to you and your continued journey to success!