Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Nobody Tells You About Your Journey As An Entrepreneur

A few weeks ago I was talking with my oldest son, Daniel Alejandro, about self-esteem, self-confidence and perseverance.

I stressed that, well beyond every success story that is pushed through our eyes by  different media outlets, there was a long story on each one of them that nobody dared to talk about because for many it would simply be a reason to abandon everything and not even give it a try.

We both like rock and I brought to our conversation the example of my lifetime favorite rock band, Queen, and his multi-faceted vocalist and leader, Freddy Mercury.

It turns out that Freddy Mercury began taking piano lessons at age 7, in 1953. In 1964, he moved with his family to the city of Middlesex, in England, as an 18-year-old guy.

Freddy met Brian May around 1970 (Freddy was 24 years old by that time) and a year later he joined "Queen", which initially didn’t have that name.

On most documentaries, members of the band recall that the band was going through a very critical economic moment just around the time Freddy started composing what would be their most emblematic song: "Bohemian Rhapsody".

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was a piece as it is said "breaker": a 6-minutes-long rock song when the standard for that time was between 3 and 4 minutes. It was recorded using multiple tracks of choirs, what later came to be called "operatic choirs" ... it was a very complex piece, so complex that even friends close to the band doubted it could succeed in the music industry.

And finally, "Bohemian Rhapsody" saw the light in 1975.

Today, in the year 2017 (42 years after its release) this song was once again chosen in Spain among the best 500 rock songs of all time.

Yep, you got that right!: 42 years later.

What nobody tells you: your venture as an entrepreneur can be a very long trip.

I have put special emphasis on the dates to show you something:

  • 1953 - Freddy started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old.
  • 1964 (eleven years later) he moved to England with his family.
  • 1970 (six years later), Freddy and Brian May meet.
  • 1971 (a year later), Freddy joins Queen.
  • 1975 (four years later) "Bohemian Rhapsody" is finally released and Queen becomes a famous band all over the world.

If you only take as reference the date when Freddy moved with his family to England, from that moment until "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released, 11 years went by.

Eleven years! It is easy enough to say it but there are a lot of nights and days in such a long time.

Are you prepared to wait as long as your business needs to get started and growing?

Do you have patience enough to wait three, five, seven years or more to see the fruit of your work? Do you have enough confidence in yourself to put your very best effort out and be confident the market will someday react positively to it, even if it takes several years?

And it happens most media often tell us just about the beautiful side of the successful entrepreneurship story, of companies that are created today and in a few months go public to win rounds of millionaire financing and everyone lives happily ever after.

But, I ask myself, why does not anyone tell the story behind that success?

Because many would simply abandon their entrepreneurship boat during the first strong storm.

And sometimes we like to see rose-colored things ahead of us and let ourselves be won by the temptation to think that we will have an easy road to go along, and if not easy, at least with little to no complications, when reality can be completely different.

As I mentioned above, just during the time Freddy Mercury was writing his masterpiece, "Bohemian Rhapsody", the band was going through a critical economic situation and even thought of dissolving the band and giving up on the whole thing, according to the information available on the internet.

Think of that! Can you imagine that the one band that later became one of the most beloved and admired rock bands in the world, would have had to give up just before publishing its most renowned success?

You have to have a lot of confidence in yourself and be 100% convinced on your project so as not to abandon it prematurely.

Beyond what could have been the dreams of glory and personal ambitions, none of them could have imagined at that time that the band would become what it is today, and much less than "Bohemian Rhapsody", that long and complex song would become practically a hymn for future generations of rockers.

Can you imagine how many sleepless nights they had, anguished, stressed out, worried to see that, despite all their efforts and hard work, they still could not get the ball rolling?

Can you imagine how many times they would have discussed among themselves as a consequence of the same tension due to economic problems and lack of progress?

Remember that we are talking about years, not days or weeks or hours: years!

Confidence in yourself, determination and a lot of perseverance will lead you to a successful conclusion.

That is why, while talking with my son I wanted to emphasize that the most important thing to be able to reach the end of the trip is to cultivate self-confidence, always with a positive attitude, giving the best of ourselves, getting passionately and closely involved with our projects, with dedication, with care, knowing how to value each of the things we do, accepting constructive criticism from the people around us, always optimistic, always in search of new spaces, opportunities.

And then wait without despair. Understanding that it is a long distance race and not a spring, as most people say.

Understanding that the biggest challenge is just to wait, to have patience enough to be there, at the edge of the cliff, at all times.

That the challenge lies in knowing how to overcome the obstacles that will certainly come our way.

We must always remember and keep in mind that many are the ones who start their projects with an extraordinary illusion but without conviction, and unfortunately throw in the towel during the first head winds, during the first disturbances, the first bad moments.

That's why I wanted to write this post, to share with you that part of the story that nobody comments for fear of frightening you or fear of draining all your energy.

I have always been one of those who think the more we know about the reality of the road ahead, the better the resources we will use to manage it efficiently and obtain the best possible results from it.

Once, a long time ago, during a sales management training program, the instructor told me: "The best sales managers get prepared to cope with the bad times, because good times can be handled by anyone"

And I believe on that from the bottom of my heart: the important thing is to be prepared to overcome the obstacles that come our way, whatever size and shape they are.

That there are no obstacle on your way? Even better! Isn’t it?

Here I offer you a link to a video in which Queen members explain how “Bohemian Rhapsody” was made.

Hope you like it. Quite interesting.

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