Strength of the Entrepreneur
The following post is from Ryan Elcock ’18, co-founder of MotivateLabs, a fall 2016 hatchery business.
Entrepreneurship is an extremely personal process â€“ at the end of the day, building out your own business literally amounts to you going out of your way to say â€śyes, I believe in myself enough to bet that I will be successful in doing whatever it is that I want to go about doingâ€ť – youâ€™re making the choice to rely on and believe in yourself. As such, while the strength of an idea is definitely important when it comes to developing a successful business, the ultimate triumph of any company more so relies on the strength of the mind of the individual building it.
Thereâ€™s an old saying by my favorite author Napoleon Hill, that goes â€śwhatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieveâ€ť â€“ and Iâ€™ve always tried to live my life by that. If not, as a kid at the age of 9 I never would have gone on to build a company that ultimately grossed 5 figures in revenue per year, and I never would have applied to attend College at Babson and move out on my own to Boston. It might seem clichĂ©, but its absolute fact that your only limitations are those which you acknowledge to be true â€“ and at the end of the day, you are a mind with a body: so you really do have complete control over just what limitations you are choosing to acknowledge for yourself. The mind is what determines the entrepreneur, the company, and the individual – so never underestimate the power of belief, and never underestimate the power of your own thoughts. Truly, thoughts are things â€“ so make them count.