The other night, I read this thread by Chris Munch: [WAMA] Chris Munch: Record for 100,000 Visitors To WF & 7 Figure Business - Here to Help You!. One of the things he wrote about that resonated most with me was, "I started a software company that was basically a free version of Netflix before YouTube even existed but couldnt get the funding I needed to grow, so it failed, even though I got 250,000 visits per month (all my businesses have been self funded)."
I've worked my ass off for the past seven years, trying to grow my own virtual publishing business on the side of other full-time jobs because I was unable to get any sort of traditional funding from angels or venture capitalists. Maybe my business plans weren't written well enough to communicate the true value of my business proposition to them? I don't know. So, for seven years, I've built it bit by bit on a part-time basis ... which has been exhausting, at times, considering my day jobs were always in corporate sales. Anyone who's ever been in corporate sales understands the grind--the kind of commitment they want from you day in and day out in order to meet your quotas. You have very little left to give to anything else after these 50+ hour corporate workweeks.
I've been able to grow my business slowly. SLOWLY. Part-time focus brings part-time results. Doesn't it?
This past year, I finally admitted to myself, "What is the definition of insanity? It is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results." I knew I couldn't do this part-time anymore. I knew I needed to focus on it with everything I've got in order to make some real gains. So, that's what I've been doing for the past six months ... and I'm seeing better results than I ever have before. Fantastic.
But here's the downside to that. This past week, two of my family members (non-entrepreneurial family members, which most of them are) expressed concern at what they perceive to be my "unhealthy obsession" on my online business. And that really bothered me. Growing a business from the ground up is damn hard work that requires a dedicated focus. I need cheerleaders around me during those times when I'm questioning myself. I need support--emotional and otherwise. I need to hear someone close to me say, "YOU CAN DO IT!" rather than expressing concern that what I'm doing is "unhealthy" because I don't have a "real job" to support myself right now.
Is there anyone on this forum tonight who is experiencing (or has experienced) the same thing that I'm experiencing right now? Someone who can offer me at least some digital support here? Be my online cheerleader? If yes, then I'd love to hear from you. I need a cheerleader tonight.
And what advice do you have for me to keep on keeping on? I need that advice tonight. Thank you in advance for it.