Picture deep, dark, waves violently bashing up and down endlessly. This is often how an entrepreneurial journey feels. The waves can be exhausting and dangerous. They can appear like there is no end in sight.
Zoom out of the picture slowly. The color of the waves is transforming from navy blue to aquamarine. The waves are settling down now as you realize you are not looking deep into an ocean, instead, it is a wave pool at a waterpark.
These two scenarios sum up entrepreneurship. Some weeks are filled with threatening waves and others are the fun ones you can splash around in. These different waves can appear within the same hour too. Step back and realize you are in a wave pool more often than you think.
Treat entrepreneurship like a visit to a waterpark
When you research and plan the waterslides you most want to ride, you are more likely to achieve these goals. Start with a plan.
Instead of waiting and waiting, show up early to beat the crowds. There will always be other people visiting the park.
Don't judge people. Observe the terrible tattoos and realize everybody makes bad decisions.
As the day goes on, the lines grow longer. If you find yourself at the end of one, refrain from staring up in envy to those at the top. They waited just as long as you did.
Understand that you might not be able to ride every waterslide. You can return another day. In fact, if you travel a little you might discover an even better waterpark waiting for you.
Reward yourself for your hard work by grabbing a tube and floating along the lazy river. You have earned it.
The next time you feel that you are in too deep, take some steps back. Decide what you should do by analyzing the situation. Are you lost, floating in the ocean on the verge of drowning? Or are you in a wave pool? I bet you will find you are in the waterpark far more often than you think.
Make no mistake, you will get wet on this ride.
Photo from Flickr by Cristiano Palese.