Riding Lions For Fun and Profit

I saw this quote about being an entrepreneur several places this week…

“It’s like a man riding a lion. People think, ‘This guy’s brave.’ And he’s thinking, ‘How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?”

Toby Thomas, CEO of EnSite Solutions

Being an entrepreneur really does feel like you’re riding a lion at times.

It’s wild. It’s crazy. And it’s often fun!

But it’s also downright scary.

Those around you may think you have it all together.

But there are times you feel like you’re hanging on for dear life.

You deal with imposter syndrome…where you doubt your own accomplishments and see yourself as inadequate to the challenges your facing…despite your continuing successes.

One of your profitable ads or funnels stops working out of the blue for whatever reason (Facebook shut it down, a competitor came in with a stronger offer, terrorist attacks terrified all the buyers).

You lose an important team member and are left scrambling to fill the hole.

Perhaps it’s simply that you’re growing a LOT faster than you expected or were prepared for. It’s tough to keep up. Orders aren’t getting filled as fast as they should. Service quality is suffering.

Being an entrepreneur means going through highs and lows.

You’re a genius on top of the mountain when your new ad idea is a home run, a client sends you an incredible testimonial, or you see that six-figure deposit for sales made this past weekend.

You’re a ‘loser’ who never gets anything right when your next ad bombs, a subscriber sends you an email nastygram, or you just emptied out your bank account paying that big tax bill.

I’ve personally felt the ups and downs…and I often speak to at least one client or friend going through an ‘emotional down’ period weekly.

So they don’t come as a surprise to me anymore.

But it seems like most entrepreneurs are totally shocked when these feelings come…as if no one else has ever experienced them.

That’s my first piece of advice to you.

You’re not alone.

Others have felt…and are feeling those exact same feelings…even the wildly successful multi-millionaire entrepreneurs who look like they don’t have a care in the world.

Have a vision and plan you’re moving towards. That way you can keep moving forward even when fears and uncertainty come.

Stop paying so much attention to the ‘case studies’ published by the gurus.

Social media increases the risk of depression because you only see a limited view in the perfect lives of your friends.

It’s even worse for entrepreneurs hearing the amazing success stories of gurus…and seeing their average numbers don’t line up to other people’s biggest winners (which may also be embellished).

And connect with others for encouragement.

Being an online entrepreneur is a lonely, hard journey if you choose to go it alone.

Hire a coach. Join a mastermind group. Find an accountability partner.

Join the Monthly Mentor Club.

Not only do you get access to my most recent breakthroughs and detailed reports…but you also get access to a community of online entrepreneurs through the monthly group webinars and the members-only discussion forum.

Ask questions. Share your results. Elicit feedback.

Connect with others who are a mission to change their world.

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Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Dunnellon, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how the Monthly Mentor Club can help you today.

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