Obstacles are everywhere. Try hard enough, and you can find an obstacle standing in your way at nearly every turn. Some of them are so minuscule that you power through them without having to expend too much effort. Others are daunting and present a real challenge to overcome. Some of the most common obstacles for entrepreneurs are a lack of money, experience, and wisdom.
Are you setting boundaries in your life? If you aren’t you should be. Boundaries and guardrails have played a big role in helping me get to where I am today. Being self-disciplined and staying focused on the big picture will keep you from straying down a path that could quickly derail your success. Delaying gratification now will set you up to reap greater rewards in the future.
If you are a dog owner (or even if you’ve ever played fetch with a dog) you’ve probably encountered a scenario in which you threw an object to have the dog run after, and on its way back the dog dropped what was in its mouth to investigate an interesting looking stick. Or, even when the dog is contentedly chomping away at a bone, dangle something else enticing and it will quickly drop the bone to study the new object.
Have you ever heard the story of Buridan’s A**? The short version is that a donkey who was both hungry and thirsty was placed between a bale of hay and a bucket of water. Being equally hungry and thirsty, and being equidistant from the hay and the water, the donkey couldn’t make a rational choice of which form of sustenance to select. The donkey dies of both hunger and thirst because he couldn’t choose whether to eat the food or drink the water first.