What sets your brand apart is how you rise above the obstacles

You always hear these little pieces of advice from your grandparents. The one I like the most is, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” The phrase wasn’t always my favorite to hear, but now this snippet rings in my ear like a bad hearing aide against a telephone receiver; forcing me to listen.

We often don’t realize the gravity of those kinds of statements until we actually live and breathe them. Some of us choose to learn these things the hard way rather than taking the advice given at face value. The advice we all need to hear now is that most opportunities truly are too good to be true, and everyone has their own set of obstacles that get in the way.

The truth is, there will always be obstacles, but what sets you apart is how you rise above those obstacles.

If you want to succeed in business, you need to remember that it isn’t about getting everything you want handed to you on a silver platter. It’s about earning it. And many of those who run a successful business have no other choice than to build it up from nothing. Some of our nation’s best entrepreneurs were immigrants who came to America with absolutely nothing except an unyielding determination to build themselves a new life.

What is your driving force? What are you determined to accomplish? What are your goals?

As I said before, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! There are so many doors in the hallway of life, but it’s impossible to expect that we might answer to every opportunity that knocks. It’s important to find the door to the place we wish to be, and walk through it. How will you lead those who follow? How will you reflect that mindset to your audience? Personally, I hope to step outside of myself to explore and create.

I hope to inspire others to do the same, to live intentionally by leaving your mark.

The thing I’m truly focused on in my life right now is being intentional. I’m focused on creating great things and sharing my process with others. I have found my doorway and I’m walking through it. Is there anything in your life that pulls you to it? If so, what is it? What are some small goals you can create today to open the door to find it?

xoxo, @michaelavelarde

#goalgetter #ethicalentrepreneur #bootstrappingbohemian #businessmindset #abundance #hardwork #toogoodtobetrue #uphillbattle #risingabove #bossbabes

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