Today I went to visit my elderly uncle. I’ve written about him before and today he imparted some more wisdom that I would like to share.
He’s 81 years old and is very gentle in nature. As long as I’ve known him or known of him, over 30 years, he’s always been the same. He’s not the guy who was a jerk before who became gentle. It’s just his nature.
Today, I talked to him about the challenges of entrepreneurship and having faith in myself.
He laughed very heartily, like I had told him a very funny joke.
“Do you know how many people have been beat up, so many times? And they just kept on trying. That’s what you will do.”
He said it with a level of confidence and surety that I honesty don’t always have about being an entrepreneur. Wait, I’m just kidding. That was an understatement. He seemed sure and I feel the exact opposite. But I’m still trying anyway.
I talked to him briefly about the often times crippling fear of uncertainty.
Again, he laughed, this time louder, and said: “You ever sit around and think about how every time you thought something was so messed up and some kind of way you figured it out?”
No, my dear, ancient and wise uncle, I do not sit around and think about my successes. I have too many failures and near misses to think about!
That’s what I wanted to say, but I realized I was/am a silly worry wart and my uncle was right.
Trying is hard. Change is hard. Trying to do something new is hard. Failure is hard. But, for me, so is wishing for something different or settling for mediocrity.
Nowadays, I have no idea what’s going on in almost any aspect of my life. Everything from my health to my paychecks have big ass questions marks floating around them.
But, I’m doing it. I’m making it. I’m unsure, but I’m not dead yet. And if I wake up tomorrow again, not dead, then I have another opportunity to figure things out.
Take it from an 81 year old man: you can do it and it’ll be better than you thought, if you try.
Until tomorrow my friends…