“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily?” (Psalms 13:1-2 NKJV)
Being a startup is frustrating. Better yet, it sucks!
It sucks because you have big dreams but those dreams don’t line up with reality…yet. It goes much slower than it should.
In my life you can add to the mix a wife and son, financial pressures, and a daily reminder of these concerns…you can see my need for urgency:
- I want the great things I see now!
- I want success now!
- I want this blog to take off now!
- I want my speaking career to take off now!
- I want it all now!
- I want what I believe to be reality now!
And yes even though failure is an entrepreneur’s best friend and some of the best in world were failures…it bites!
Also keep in mind: a startup is more than just a person with a business. A startup can be:
- An author wanting to change the world
- A speaker wanting to make a difference
- A musician working to be famous
- An artist striving to be known
- A leader wanting to take an organization from good to great
- An athlete yearning for greatness
- Or a college dropout wanting to become a business mogul
Or…it can even be…a future king.
The Startup King
Like King David.
One of the greatest kings of the Bible and Israel was a nobody when he started out. While his brothers were groomed for prominence he was pushed to the side. For example when the prophet Samuel came to anoint Israel’s next king he was sent to the house of Jesse’s (David’s father). Samuel told Jesse to call ALL his sons, but Jesse only called seven leaving out David.
He thought, “It won’t be him anyway.”
When Samuel asked Jesse if he had anymore sons listen to Jesse’s response:
“Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.” (1 Samuel 16:11 MSG)
Not very popular at home.
And even when Samuel anointed him to be the next king at age 17, he didn’t take the throne of Judah until 30 and didn’t take the throne of Israel until 37.
Did you get that math? 20 years before he saw his dream become a reality!
And many times during that time:
- He was depressed
- He was lonely
- He was on the run
- He didn’t have any money
- He had enemies
- And he was frustrated
And though there are many suggestions I could give…there’s only one real answer: don’t give up.
“Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7 NLT)
In other words, “What you want won’t happen overnight…but keep at it!”
Do you have any “frustrating” startup stories?
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