Is your glass half empty of half full when it comes to your business?
If you are wondering what on earth does the ‘half empty, half full’ expression have to do with your business, then bear with me and you will find out.
Well, according to Forbes,
Nine out of ten startups will fail. This is a hard and bleak truth, but one that you’d do well to meditate on.
The article called 90% of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%, goes on to tell you what successful companies do. In a nutshell, put a product out there that customers want, and keep your eyes on every aspect of your business.
John Rampton in Entrepreneur also gives reasons for failures and suggestions for overcoming failure via https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235250.
So the glass is half empty when you think about the uphill journey that you are about to, or have already embarked on. This is not to say that you should not do it if you feel the odds are stacked against you. In fact, the opposite is probably true.
Now for the glass half full. Samuel Smiles, the writer of The Lives of George and Robert Stephenson, says,
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who made a mistake never made a discovery.
George and Robert Stephenson were the engineers who worked on steam locomotives in the 18th century, who probably encountered all sorts of obstacles, and learnt from their challenges. Nothing has really changed over the centuries, except that we now have access to more help and support. So if you are a startup or SME remember – your glass is half full.