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Do You Have What It Takes to Run Your Own Business?

Running your own business is not for the faint of heart.

Do you have – really have – what it takes to keep going in the face of the inevitable adversity?

How would you know?

Here are some questions to answer for yourself, then watch the video and see where it stretches your thinking.

  • What do you do when something doesn’t work as planned?
  • When you fall on your face?
  • When your ego gets injured?
  • Do you have the pure and utter discipline required to take action each and every day?
  • Are you willing to take risks?
  • To be a thought leader you have to do what no one else is willing to do yet.
  • Are you doing that?
  • If not, why not? What holds you back?
  • What would it take to break you out of your comfort zone?

What might be possible if you did what you are most afraid of?

Watch the video and please share your thought in the comments below.


    • Thanks, Sean. He definitely has a level of determination that overrides any fear of failure that might be lurking. I’m always fascinated by how people manage that. And even more intrigued to meet people for whom fear of failure just doesn’t show up in their experience.

  1. Wow is all I can say! No fear shown in this video. That’s the kind of stuff that inspires me to never give up in my business. Yep, there has been bumps in the roads, but the main reason I got into my freelance virtual business was to be able to be with my family and work whenever I wanted to. I’m living that dream, but it does take hard work and perseverance to keep it running.

  2. Now I want to see Cory do this with Rex!

    On a more serious note, thinking outside the “traditional” box is a huge asset when it comes to running your own business. And like the biker in the video, what are you going to do when you get yourself caught in a situation you may not know how to get out of, this is when you trust in your skills, practice and confidence that you’ll be able to find a way out.

  3. I heard a great quote / statistic that those who try and fail, almost never try again, and so never learn or capitalize on the knowledge of their prior experience or mistakes. i.e. Those that get into the restaurant business, and fail, usually get into something else, like open a franchise, become a plumber, etc. thinking “I guess I’m no good at restaurants.” Those successful at ‘x’ usually failed at ‘x’, and usually more than once! Since we are part of the WebDesign / IThemes community, I can say “Yeah, I flopped at a few of my previous website ventures” but as skills, talent, discernment, and determination increase, so does the level of success as I’ve persevered, along with the many other smart, handsome, beautiful, and talented overachievers of the iThemes/WebDesign.com community!

    Three cheers to perseverance, for not not letting go…


    • Interesting stat Anthony.
      Adversity Quotient, by Paul G. Stolz, looks at this very issue. It was first published in 2000, but is still very relevant for today.

      My biz coach is always encouraging me to fail faster so I can succeed faster. The more action I’m taking, even if it doesn’t work out perfectly (or even remotely successfully) gives me important feedback and experience to carry into the next endeavor.

      Web Designers who have failed and learned and re-implemented are always stronger than those who fail and feel bad.



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