As an entrepreneurship and personal finance advocate, I’ve always been very generous on giving advice when it comes to these matters.
From simple business instructions to complex investing strategies – you can expect me to freely share tips to anyone who’d ask for it.
However, I’ve noticed that regardless of how much information and help I give, none of it really matters if the person doesn’t have the internal motivation to pursue their goal.
Take for example this friend of mine.
We were having coffee a few weeks back when out of nowhere, he tells me, “Gusto ko nang mag-resign sa work at mag-business na lang. Paano bang gagawin ko?”
I was a bit surprised when he told me that he wants to quit his job. And even more surprised that he’s asking me for advice on how he should go about it. That’s because I can still remember him asking me almost the same question several years ago.
It was around 2008, and he just tendered his resignation from what he claims to be a “dead-end job”.
We were having dinner with friends one time, when he told me he’s planning to put up a business instead of looking for new work and asked if I could help him with it.
After that night, and over the next few weeks, we spent time studying his finances and doing a business plan for an eloading station that he wanted.
Our initial market research showed good income potential, but there will be a need for him to cut back on his expenses and lifestyle until the business can mature.
I think that scared him, because a little over a month later, he told me he found a new job and he’s not pursuing the business anymore.
Not wanting all our preparation work go to waste, I continued with the project and eventually opened the eloading station business, which is still running until today.
So now you can understand my surprise (and the bit of frustration towards my friend).
A lot of people want to change their lives, but only a few succeed.
Because most lack that important ingredient for success… an unwavering and relentless motivation that comes from within.
People fail to reach their dreams because they’re half-hearted with their desires.
Remember that a spark of inspiration will get you started, but you need to fan the flames and turn it to a burning passion so strong nothing else seems more important.
Change can only come to those who are willing to challenge their limits.
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