In today's guest blog Jamie Dunn looks at why entrepreneurs shouldn't be afraid to face up to hard times...
Anybody that has ever achieved anything worthwhile has encountered and overcome struggles on their journey, but this part of the process is often left out of the success story, yet is so often the most important part.
There are countless examples to call upon. Sylvester Stallone was forced to sell his life-long friend, his dog, for a reported $50 in order to purchase food for himself whilst he was trying to make it as an actor, despite everybody telling him it would never happen. After he wrote the script for 'Rocky', trying for months to sell it, he was eventually, reportedly offered $100,000 to sell the script to producers, but he refused, as he wouldnt be appearing in the film, just selling the script. He held onto his dream of being an actor, which was eventually realized and his fortune made.
Similarily, whilst writing the first Harry Potter novel, J K Rowling was bringing up a baby on a welfare cheque of 70 a week. When finally written, numerous publishers turned her down before Harry Potter was eventually turned into a billion dollar franchise.
There are endless stories of people who have risen from nothing to something, yet we are often only painted the picture of their successes as opposed to their failures. It is far more important to acknowledge that times get difficult both financially and emotionally, but only those who are prepared to risk and sacrifice anything can truly appreciate the success of gaining everything.
So, what's your story?