I had an interesting call today with a co-op student we have helping us out at Visto.ai.
I’m not sure what it’s like where you live, but here in Canada, the government/schools do a great job to incentivize co-op programs, ie., matching students with companies to get them work experience.
We have a first year law school student working with us. Very nice, smart, polite gentleman.
And we spent some time talking about first year law school exams, because he’s heading into his first law school exam season in December.
Boy does that bring back memories…
Mainly because exams in law school, especially in first year, sucked.
It was a lot of reading, studying, etc. And at the time, felt like the hardest, most difficult and important thing ever.
And I guess at that point in time, it was.
But looking back about 8 years later, it feels like just another hard step in the journey. It required time and effort and grinding out the hours, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
It’s something I try to remind myself in business, especially during tough times as a solopreneur.
Maybe you’re going through some tough stuff, or a big uphill battle, or what feels like a dead end.
And heck, maybe you are.
But for the most part, if you’re a good person, if you work hard, if you stay focused, if you put your mind toward solving big problems – you will either get there eventually, or have a great learning experience along the way.
Along similar lines, I had a good chat with one of my mentors yesterday who said something interesting.
We were talking about the ups and downs that come with running a business.
And I told her that the saying “when it rains, it pours” in solopreneurship seems to be very, very true.
I’m not sure about you, but from the last 5 years I’ve spent running businesses, it really does seem like we get stretches of “peace”, and then every month or two, you get hit with a whole bunch of crap that happens all at once.
I’m not sure how or why it seems to happen that way, but she had a really interesting response to that which I wasn’t expecting.
I’m paraphrasing, but what she said was that in her more spiritual opinion, things like that happen as a result of you doing lots of good work, creating good energy, and as one last challenge before you can realize the success of what you’re doing.
Or in other words.
If you’re working on something really new, or cool, or great, you’re creating all of this energy in the form of effort, marketing, networking, etc.
And that energy generates stuff – more energy in the form of “things” happening, some of which can be good, some of which can be bad.
And if you push through the bad or hard stuff, you’ll get to the awesome stuff at the end of the tunnel.
I know, that was really vague and wishy washy, but hopefully it makes some sense.
Keep working on great stuff, understand that sometimes, hard or bad things may come your way, but if you push through them, you’ll get to realize the light at the end of the tunnel.
Not sure if anyone else needed to hear that, but I certainly did.
Have a great day, don’t miss out on my daily solopreneur updates here, and keep grinding.