Published August 13, 2017
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One of the hardest parts about starting your own business is having the motivation to start one, or for many of you, that already have your own business, keeping one running can be just as difficult. While this aspect of being an entrepreneur is more than apparent, many of us cannot do it on our own.
"I Didn't Make It that Far on My Own"
As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his commencement speech at the University of Houston, “I always tell people that you can call me anything that you want. You can call me Arnold. You can call me Schwarzenegger. You can call me the Austrian oak. You can call me Schwarzy. You can call me Arnie. But don't ever, ever call me the self-made man.
But this is so important for you to understand. I didn't make it that far on my own. I mean, to accept that credit or that medal, would discount every single person that has helped me get here today, that gave me advice that made an effort that lifted me up when I fell. And it gives the wrong impression that we can do it all alone. None of us can. The whole concept of the self-made man or woman is a myth.”
For any one working towards a dream, whether it’s starting your own business or working towards a goal, I'm sure you can relate to this. Whether it’s your parents, friends, mentors, or colleagues, we have all had some sort of help along the way. No matter the amount of help, even the littlest bit can make a huge difference on your way to the top.
When we feel ourselves losing the desire or willingness to keep going, there's always that one person that does not let you give up on yourself. Even if all they do is tell you so. Words are powerful, especially when you feel like all is lost. We must never forget that. While we would like to do it all on our own, the road to the top is an uphill battle, but with the help of people, we find ourselves with the determination to reach the top of the mountain.