"Every public victory is preceded by a private victory..."
I've always liked this quote, but never knew where it was from. Just thought it was one of those badass things people say when they want to get deep. Something like, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
That was by Mark Twain, by the way... Thank you, Google.
The "private victory" quote is from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I've got a copy on my desk, so close I could reach it without getting up, but I had no idea it contained this quote, because I've never actually read it, and until now, never bothered to look it up.
Perhaps because I was busy living it? Maybe... All I can say for sure is that it rings true for me and for all of the entrepreneurs that I know, even if most bypass how important this actually is when it comes to their successes.
We entrepreneurs are a prideful bunch. We get so caught up in making things look easy that sometimes we believe our own hype...
I'm on this list, by the way. When I first thought about the concept of this blog, my plan was to
make it totally anonymous. That way I'd be able to be totally honest,
sharing the most intimate struggles of my life and business, without
worrying about what would happen to my reputation because of it.
That anonymity is part of the reason I feel this blog is so necessary though...and the reason I've chosen to put my name on it.
I know a lot of successful people, including many household names, thanks to my work in the music industry. Everybody, even at the highest levels of success, has to deal with the "inner game" issue.
And it never ends...
So how come nobody talks about it beyond the standard "believe in your dreams" speech we've heard a thousand times or more?
Because it's embarrassing (for most people) to admit they don't have it as together as they appear to.
Nothing to be embarrassed about though... We all know that what appears to be isn't always what is. Don't we?
No. Too often, we think the struggles that keep us from having the lives and businesses that we desire apply only to us, not anybody else. We have to work a little harder for things than everybody else does...
Not true. Every entrepreneur has these "inner game" issues and this blog is about that...and how to overcome them.