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Why Starting Something New is Often Painful

This week, I've been busy launching our new live groups. A brand new online Toastmasters club where people can work on becoming better speakers, and a new business owner's group where owners can get feedback on their business.

They're both fantastic groups, and I like the people I've already met through them. But I've got to admit that it's a painful reminder that it's tough to start something new from scratch.

Starting New Ventures is Both Fun and Painful

When I first started my Twitter account, r/personalgrowthchannel, r/HappyMarriages, Triberr groups, this site, and various Facebook groups, they all started with zero people involved. I enjoyed the challenge, though, and gradually those groups grew.

But it was also painful. When you go for some time with no comments on your posts and no new followers, it's easy to get discouraged and give up. It's a lot easier to stay encouraged when you have 10k people following you with more people getting involved in a day than you used to see in weeks.

Every Adventure Has a Beginning

This week has been a painful reminder of the fact that starting something new takes work. In today's Toastmasters meeting, there were only five of us on the zoom call.

Even though I loved the small group and getting to know RayAnn, Belinda, Kathy, and Makeda a bit more, it was a bit of a blow to the ego that more people didn't show up. And the way it's going, my business owner group may end up being more like one of my private business coaching sessions than a group this week as well.

Every adventure has a beginning
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All Great Things Start Small

In retrospect, I should have expected a new venture to be tough. We're starting the same way that my Twitter account with over 10k followers and my business that is now a multi-million dollar company began.

Great things start one person, one connection, one step at a time. These groups will get there if I don't get tired of pushing the ball up the hill or decide to put some cash behind getting the word out, but in the meantime, it'll be slow going. Today I had to remind myself that this is normal, and I've been here before.

You Need to Push the Ball Over the Hill to Succeed

At the beginning of any new venture, you are pushing the ball up the hill. If you can get others to help you or are willing to put a lot of money behind it, you can move it up the hill faster, but there's a tendency to quit just before you get to the top.

Once you get to the top, it's easier, because then you've got momentum behind you. But getting there is tough; that's why most would-be business owners quit before they've created a successful business.

People rolling a rock uphill
Don't quit pushing just before you get to the top
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Don't Quit Too Soon

If you're starting something new, don't quit too soon. There are no sports superstars that got there by quitting after the first few practices because things were too tough. I have never met a successful business owner who didn't push through some tough times in the beginning.

There's a quote from the book of Hebrews that I love.

“At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely.”

If you want to reap the rewards of your efforts, be disciplined enough to push through those uncomfortable first moments. I can assure you; it'll be worth it.

Make it an amazing day!!!

Don Smith

The Personal Growth Channel founder, Smith also runs a technology company and is a former bank director. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois.