It’s tough being an entrepreneur, maybe sometimes even tougher when you are a college entrepreneur. Some days you feel like no one understands you, no one you can talk to about your problems, no one seems to know what you are going through, and maybe no one is really supportive or encouraging towards what you’re doing.
You love your family, but sometimes they just don’t understand how much you are going through, emotionally, physically and mentally. You have to balance college and entrepreneurship, it’s like juggling eggs while riding a unicycle, you can’t fall and you can’t stop juggling. And your friends, you like hanging out with them, but sometimes you wish you could actually talk about something more informative, more deep, in a sense where there is less gossip about relationships, social life, parties and college in general. Maybe something on entrepreneurship, world news, politics, business problems, economics, technology… you know, practical stuff. And when you hear them complaining and stressing about how their clothes don’t match and how they have two parties on the same day at the same time, you find yourself trying hard to actually feel sympathetic towards them and not be an insensitive jerk. Ever tried having to meet up with an important client or business partner on the same day you’re having your exam? Now that’s real stress.
So here are some tips to help you overcome this negative feeling of lack of support.
1) Join an entrepreneurship, startup community in your local area
Believe me, the amount of support you receive is just overwhelming. Usually entrepreneurs from the startup community are pretty friendly and welcoming. And they are the ones who can actually understand and empathise on what you are going through. Hopefully you’ll get to find someone to discuss your problems, find some like-minded people and maybe even mentors to guide you along your entrepreneurial journey. Just drop by your nearest start up community, co-working space or just join an entrepreneurship meet up group on Meetup.com. All you need to be accepted into the community is a short self-introduction and you’re all set to go.
2) Have someone you can trust, and confide in them
It doesn’t really matter if that person knows absolutely nothing about entrepreneurship, as long as you have someone who you can confide in. It may be your mother, your best friend, or even your dog, it doesn’t really matter. Sometimes all we need is just a place to vent all our feelings, release all our emotions and then we’re ready to continue again. I usually try talking to my best friend, who absolutely has no idea about cash flows or anything related to business. And it helps, although I don’t get practical advice on how to solve my business problems, at least she helped me solve my emotional problems, which is good, since I have a clear and cool head to think and hopefully find a solution to my business problems again.
3) Read inspirational quotes from great entrepreneurs
I always find this a great help. I read quotes of my favourite entrepreneurs and try to remind myself that I’m going through what these great people have gone through. Although they aren’t really talking to me, I get the sense that I am having a conversation with them through the quotes they have written. When I read those quotes, it seems like they are indirectly supporting me and pushing me to reach greater heights. And knowing that these great people had overcame their fears and challenges to become who they are, plus their track record of success and rebounds from failure, I know they are the best teachers, support and motivation I could ever need. And this helps me overcome all the negativity.
4) Knowing that somewhere out there, there is some other person facing the same problems as you are right now
Yes, this is why I am writing this blog post. I know there is someone out there who is experiencing what I’m going through right now. So here I am, sharing, hoping to let you know that you are not alone. We chose the path of entrepreneurship, and we have to accept that sometimes these emotions are inevitable, it’s all part of the journey. It won’t end right here, it won’t end right now. As long as you are still walking in the path as an entrepreneur, there is no doubt that you will experience these kinds of days again. But all we’ve got to remember is that, no matter what happens, we just have to pick ourselves up and keep walking. This is the path we have chosen, and we will reach our destination no matter what. After all, we are walking towards our dream.