Growing up in a small town in Florida, I didn’t know any software entrepreneurs. Not only did I not know any personally, I didn’t know of any at all in my town — not a single one. Of course, I read about famous ones in different magazines and online, but they weren’t relatable. While it’s inspiring to read about someone doing great things a 1,000 miles away, it’s significantly more impactful to see someone doing great things in your town or even neighborhood.
For me, I let myself down early in life with limiting beliefs. I let myself be a product of my surroundings.
If I only had X, I could be more successful.
If I only lived in Y, I could be more successful.
If I only knew Z, I could be more successful.
Only limiting beliefs are exactly that: limiting.
One of the best things an entrepreneur can do is realize that every successful entrepreneur is just another regular person, eating, sleeping, and living life like everyone else. Maybe they were a little luckier. Maybe they tried a little harder. Yet, all are human. All have 24 hours in the day. All have challenges.
The next time a limiting belief enters your mind, fight back. Recognize it for what it is and override it. Don’t let yourself limit yourself.