Motivation – How do you keep it going?

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I’m sure, with all great start up companies, the players hit walls from time to time.  I often ask myself, what did they to keep themselves going?  You look at guys like Gates, Jobs, Dell, and they all started with nothing.  And built empires.  Now don’t worry, I have no delusions of grandeur that our company will grow to that size…  but I have to believe they all started with the same obstacles we are encountering right now.  How to get the opening round of sales, how to get that illusive customer feedback to build credibility, how to earn enough money to make this our full time endeavor without going down the venture capital path.

For now, I’ve personally  pushed myself on belief.  Belief in my ideas, belief that others need what I can offer.  I’ve noticed though, this is getting harder to keep up.  With 2 kids, a day job and my wife, pushing myself night after night is starting to take it’s toll.  I keep hitting the proverbial wall more often.  I noticed that today I again lost my motivation.  I looked at my list of activities that I need to do, blogging, marketing, development…  it’s just never ending.  I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  Eventually we can do this full time, and then grow it to the point of getting real people to do all these jobs.  But we aren’t there yet.  We can’t afford to outsource all of these tasks, and we can’t afford to hire people to offload much of the work…  yet.

So the million dollar question for me is:  “How do I keep going?”  How do I continue to push, night after night.  I have my goal of doing this full time, working from home on my projects, no longer consulting.  It’s still about perseverance.  So, here’s my question to all of you.  How do you keep yourself motivated?  And you do have any secrets I could tap into?  ha ha ha.

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