I read this article and really liked it.
Without wanting to sound horribly cynical (because honestly, I'm really a glass half full kind of girl) I'm pleased to see some hard truths in amongst all of the mindless optimism and quick fix motivational quotes that my social news feed seems to be filled with these days.
Yes, working harder than everyone else will get you somewhere.
It's true that having a "great idea" will get you on the right track.
"Luck" or Timing will certainly help too.
But above all, being brutally honest with yourself is the secret for paving your way to success.
True to PIE style, "NO BULL" - whether you're an entrepreneur or carving out your career with an employer, the same principal applies.
The article spells it out perfectly, a good - if a little bubble-bursting - read.
We're taught that succeeding as an entrepreneur is all about working ridiculously harder than anyone else and persisting beyond the challenges. Only then, will you “make it.” That's a bunch of hooey. There's one factor above others that allows for success: brutal honesty. Unfortunately, we're fed lies in the form of inspirational quotes and fairytale stories about entrepreneurship, which tempt us not to engage in brutal honesty. What's brutal honesty? It's about being excruciatingly self-aware so you hear the real feedback the markets tell you, correcting course before it's too late. It's the true test of entrepreneurship, since tearing down the walls you built with your blood, sweat, tears (and limited funds) isn't for the faint hearted. Will you keep putting money and time into your current product simply hoping that hard work will change the tide? That decision means everything.