Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster—one minute you’re up high with the greatest view in the world, and the next minute it has you grabbing for something to hold as it dips you into the lows of the journey.
It’s both a unpredictable and adventurous all at the same time.
Lately, I’ve noticed a trend emerging on social media as it relates to entrepreneurship. It’s when people only post or capture moments that are
“wins only.” This trend has people only wanting to share and show the good times and the highs, but never the dips.
It’s what I call the “Social Media Fiction.”
“Social media Fiction” captures the unbalanced journeys of entrepreneurship—only focusing on people’s successes and never the hardships or dips that the journey takes a person on.
Hey, I get it. To the public, many of us only want to show the world how we are winning at the entrepreneurial journey. However, it’s just not realistic. It takes both the hardships and the successes to mold us into who we are to become.
This fiction poses problems for the everyday entrepreneur looking to make some sense of the dips in the journey.
Firstly, it has entrepreneurs many onlookers thinking that the journey is nothing but highs, and never any lows. However, this is far from the truth. Entrepreneurs have to deal with managing budgets, people letting you down, course changes, dealing with rejection, and so much more.
For the entrepreneur that thinks entrepreneurship is one size fits all, he or she will be blind sided by the dips of the journey.
Secondly, it has entrepreneurs solely focusing on public praises vs private formation. Although it is great to celebrate small successes on social media. These celebrations have nothing to do with leadership development or personal growth. We must get away from thinking that public praise is a substitute for personal leadership development.
If you are someone that has become discouraged because social media has lied to you about the unrealistic entrepreneurial journey, allow me to apologize. Your journey still matters, it just should not be compared to the fictional journeys that you witness.
Let me offer some things to consider as encouragers as you continue onward:
- Know that you are not alone — There are other people that experience hardships and dips just as you. I encourage you to find your tribe to get around people that will encourage you to stay focused.
- Reject the idea that it is easy — Entrepreneurship is the most hardest and rewarding the you will ever attempt if you remain committed.
- Learn as you go — Don’t think you have to always have everything figured out. Sometimes on-the-job-training is the best training.
- Learn from others — Find people who have experienced the dips you may face and study how they overcame those challenges.
And, more than anything else keep believing that what you are doing matters!