Struggle and Perseverance
Entrepreneurship is not a quality that everyone has. It requires dedication, determination, grit, and most importantly perseverance. It is a life filled with the kind of struggles that can grind a person down and completely destroy their motivation. The trick to success is to stand up again after you have failed. Good entrepreneurs know this. They know that If they give up when the going gets tough, it’s game over. It is a truth Dan understands all too well. “I quit my job in May of 2015 and in June of 2015, our client pulled the plug on the project. My income suddenly dried up. I was sure I could get my job back but at that same time that made me feel a little guilty. One of my sons was working really hard growing and struggling with his business. He wasn’t throwing in the towel. I felt obligated as a father to take advantage of this opportunity to build my own business. Those were the things that inspired me to push illumisoft into the future. I wanted to build something that inspired my sons to build their own thing and to set an example about making sure it was centered around helping others.”
The Perfect Blend
The struggle of an entrepreneur may seem glamorous to some. The pain, the failures, the pitfalls, the drive needed to succeed. Making your own money, making your own time, and being your own boss. These facts in the life of an entrepreneur can be intoxicating to others. But what often gets overlooked is that entrepreneurs don’t work in a vacuum. It is not a job for one person. From branding to picking furniture, from creating a strategy to delivering a product, it is the team that works hard and delivers the goods. It is the perfect blend of individuals that write success stories. Building the right team is however probably one of the most difficult challenges faced by an entrepreneur. Dan considers himself lucky that he has the right team. “It takes ages for an entrepreneur to build the right team. I’ve been lucky enough to hire people in search of their own greatness. Everybody that works with me is motivated to do their absolute best. I love that. They’re not motivated out of fear or insecurity. They do their best because they want to find out what their best will produce. They do their best because they are not sure how great they are yet and they’re trying to find out,” adds Dan.
The Great Secret
“Don’t think you’re going to become an entrepreneur without getting some scratches. It’s a fight to learn everything you need to know before not knowing it defeats you”, the CEO of illumisoft is absolutely right when it comes to answering the question, “What is the secret to your success?”
Entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park. Being an entrepreneur will have to give your life to the business. And it is not easy, it is a road littered with failures. But what matters is not giving up. As Dan rightfully concludes, “Understand that failure is always an opportunity for growth. Never take anything personally. Don’t get all up in your feelings. Keep going and don’t expect anything for free. Work for it. Be and do your best, all the time, every time.”