Entrepreneurship can be hard and feel like a painfully slow climb to the top of your own personal mountain. The best marathon runners understand that for them to reach their end goal will never be fast or easy, but is indeed a marathon in name, in effort and perseverance. This is a mindset you need to master to be a successful entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is not the glamorous career path it’s been made out to be. It’s not about big ideas and ideals. It’s not about hopes and dreams. It’s not about guts and glory. It’s not even about invention and innovation. And it’s certainly not about a search for fame and fortune.

More than anything, entrepreneurship is a game of attrition. It’s about having the determination, the discipline, and the cash to see it through. It’s about not giving up and being the last man or woman standing when everyone else has fallen by the wayside.

Don’t get me wrong. Having the vision to see what others don’t, the passion to motivate yourself and others, mixed perseverance the savvy to build and grow a business, and the guts to make good decisions, are all part of the mix. But what binds those ingredients together is the tenacity to stick with it, day in, day out, year after year.

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