I’m aware life is not always as simplistic as the title of this post suggests, but how can people expect to succeed if they have a negative attitude towards everything? We all encounter people on a daily basis who live life with a “can’t do” ethic, and while a “can do” attitude doesn’t guarantee success, constantly thinking you can’t succeed will almost certainly guarantee failure.
Many people put off starting their own business because they think that they can’t because of numerous reasons; I would argue, however, that if you really want to start your own business then nothing should hold you back. No money? Bootstrap your business. Need to hold down your regular job? Work 5-9 building your business until you are in a position to rely on your business venture.
There are obstacles that are incredibly difficult to overcome; but being pessimistic and taking a negative view on challenges that you or your business face will almost certainly lead to hardship. View every challenge as an opportunity, and every problem as a way to gain experience and improve your business.
Looking for all possible ways to turn a problem in to an advantage is fundamental in being successful in business. Entrepreneurial spirits tend to have this attitude; you didn’t see Richard Branson giving up when he lost it all, did you? As a businessperson you will face challenges, and you should not only expect them but also embrace them.
Of course, we all have days where it gets on top of us and business life seems too hard – but if you run your business with a “can do” attitude then you will find these days much easier to bear. People with a positive attitude inspire positivity in others, so if you have employees it is more important than ever to conduct your business with this mindset.
Whenever your business encounters a problem, look for the opportunity that it creates. Think about how many problems we all face every day, if you view each one of these as a potential opportunity the world will suddenly seem full of things that you can, and will, do.
Success was never won by people thinking they couldn’t achieve their dreams. Always think that you can achieve, and there is the best possible chance that you will.