How to Tell When You've Had Enough
How can you tell when you’ve had enough?
It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately in regards to a number of different areas of my life. For example, how do you know when you’ve done everything you can to salvage a relationship? Is it when the fighting gets to be unbearable, or when the arguments stop altogether?
Or, how can you tell if you’ve given everything you’ve got to your dream? Is it when your credit card is maxed and the cost no longer justifies the end goal? Or is it when the people who doubt you outnumber the ones who believe in you? When does potential and determination cross the line into foolishness and irresponsibility?
When do know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that enough is enough?
As an entrepreneur, you encounter this question pretty regularly. Running your own show is all about risk, after all. That’s the tradeoff for having the opportunity to create something that’s entirely yours. While I don’t have kids, I’d assume parents live in a similar state of constant paranoia, forever asking themselves what happens if they don’t do something right.
Sure, you can deny it. But at the end of the day, you need to account for all possible outcomes. Failure being one of them.
When you leave a 9 to 5 and head down the road to entrepreneurship, you make the decision, whether consciously or not, to become best friends with doubt. You question every decision, over-think every option, and ultimately second guess your personal ability to succeed.
But that’s the name of the game. You can cry about it, or you can put on your big girl pants and get over it.
It’s up to you.
If being an entrepreneur has taught me anything over the past three years, it’s that you know. You know when enough is enough. Regardless of the situation, you’re smart enough to know when it’s time to walk away; when the doubt becomes fact, and you’re up shit creek without a paddle.
If the little voice is still questioning your abilities, rest easy – you’re not there yet.
Believe it or not, you can always find more money, and come on, if every entrepreneur quit because people doubted their ideas, we’d live in a pretty depressing world.
Yes, things are going to be shitty. You’re going to get to a point where you wonder why you even bother anymore. People are going to try and console you, telling you that five years from now, you’re going to look back on this as a defining moment. That your trials and tribulations are making you a better person. Which sounds all well and good, but you and I both know it’s complete BS. Can we all just agree that what doesn’t kill you does not, under any circumstance, make you stronger; if anything, it makes you harder, hopefully a little smarter, but certainly more guarded. Angry, even.
If anything is making you stronger, it’s the voice in your head. The one that constantly reminds you of the risks involved. Because with risk comes reward.
So wash up your big girl pants. You’ve still got a ways to go before you’ve had enough.