An Obstacle Isn’t a Failure: It’s an Opportunity to Grow in Strength
Your MSP business is going to come against many obstacles as you refine your business model. But an obstacle isn’t a failure unless you quit trying— it’s a growth opportunity.
Most people are familiar with Thomas Alva Edison. While he didn’t specifically invent the lightbulb, he’s most often associated with the innovative utilization of electricity in an electrical format marketable, profitable, and ultimately popular enough to become a staple in modern society. But do you know how many different filament/housing combinations he went through to find the right one? According to Edison, approximately 10,000. He said: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
And indeed, he was no failure. As a matter of fact, because of Edison’s persistence, his innovative development of the lightbulb now characterizes the primary illumination choice of homes the world over. But what work he had to go through in order to achieve the success he sought! Yet, it strengthened him, didn’t it? And as he tried to find 10,000 ways to get that lightbulb to work, he learned many things about electrical engineering that couldn’t be learned any other way. Sometimes, you’ve got to encounter and overcome obstacles to make the necessary breakthroughs you seek— that’s just how it is.
It’s the same when it comes to exercise. You’re going to have difficulties pertaining to a given workout. You’re going to encounter obstacles. If you give up when you can’t reach that certain level of physical excellence, then you won’t reach it, period. You will have failed.
How You Think
The primary difference between failure and overcoming obstacles is the will to continue against the odds. The odds are always going to be against you, but odds and statistics are no measure of reality or probability. The odds are against someone transforming their body at the physical level, because people statistically give up. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you’ve got to be determined.
The odds are technically against any small business venture. They’re against all MSP business efforts. That’s in a very technical, literal sense. The fact that your business is operating means you’ve already overcome a number of odds. You’ve already surmounted many obstacles! So, don’t give up when success may just be around the corner.
You’ve got to get your head in the game. This is what often gets small businesses in trouble. They experience many negative repercussions to initial efforts at business, and eventually just throw in the towel. They fail because they choose to fail, paradoxical as that may sound. What you’ve got to do is look at each obstacle as an opportunity to gain strength, and then push through it.
You may feel that failure is holding your MSP back. Well, if you believe you’re failing, you are. But if you believe you’ve encountered an obstacle to overcome, then this change in attitude could very well be the thing you need to succeed.
There are a number of strategies you can bring to bear on your operations which will help you overcome obstacles:
• Think positively; don’t let life’s difficulties get you down
• Remember your victories
• Look how far you’ve come
• Find ways to be thankful
• Consult other MSPs to see how they handled similar obstacles
When you’ve got an attitude that looks at obstacles not as failures, but ways in which “that can’t be done,” as Edison points out, then they won’t get you down when you encounter them. To help keep you from being discouraged, remember where you’ve succeeded. This is often best accomplished by looking at how far you’ve come. If you’re running your own MSP business and have made any headway whatsoever, that already puts you in the top percentile of the nation. That’s something to be thankful for, as is any success. Likewise, you’ll have peers in business who have gone through the same thing you’re going through now. Talk to them and see if there are any strategies you can employ to get past difficult obstacles. Some won’t help, some will, and you may even forge lasting business partnerships as a result.