The other day I was watching my three-year-old play with his train set.
One piece of track… connected to another piece of track… connected to another…
And then, uh oh.
The last piece wouldn’t fit.
I watched as he struggled to fit the piece, as it kept hitting up against the wall of the table, as he got more and more frustrated.
“I CAN’T DO IT!” he yelled out, red in the face. “IT DOESN’T WORK!”
How many times as an entrepreneur have you felt this?
The web domain won’t connect to the host!
The file size won’t upload!
The email form won’t populate!
The difference being, you can’t throw your computer across the room like you can a wooden train track.
One of the main messages you hear as a parent is the importance of building resilience in your kids.
It’s why you should resist doing things for them or providing the easy way out.
And honestly, entrepreneurship is very much the same.
“Are you calling me a toddler, Shannon?”
No : ) I would like to think the way we respond is more developmentally appropriate.
This message is about resilience.
How can you build more resilience into the day to day building of your business?
When something isn’t working the way we want it to, how can we be more resourceful in finding a solution?
Because honestly, that’s what it takes.
If you truly want to be an entrepreneur, then it virtually guarantees you will run into problems — in the beginning, it will probably be on a daily basis.
But to reach any level of success, problems require problem solvers.
There’s no way around it.
That’s all to say, be the toddler who picks up the train track even after he throws it…
And tries again.