For the Love of It: Keeping Tenacity as a Business Owner

Nelet Kok
April 21, 2023

Starting a business is never an easy task, and maintaining it is an even greater challenge. As a business owner, you are constantly faced with various obstacles that require determination and resilience to overcome. When thinking about qualities that business owners have, I always think of determination. Big, big amounts of determination. Owning a business takes a whole lot of work, every day, continuously and then you still have no guarantee that your vision will be successful. Other characteristics that come to mind are passionate, curious, courageous, disciplined and resourceful. 

What about tenacity? The ability to hang on for dear-life-until-things-get-better. In this context, tenacity, or the ability to persist through adversity, is a critical trait that all entrepreneurs must possess to succeed. In this blog, we will explore the importance of keeping tenacity as a business owner and how to maintain it.

The Importance of Tenacity for Business Owners

Tenacity is an essential quality for entrepreneurs to have because it allows them to persevere through the inevitable challenges that come with running a business. The path to success is rarely (read: never) a straight line, and setbacks and failures are common. When faced with such adversity, it's easy to become discouraged and give up. However, a tenacious business owner is someone who refuses to let setbacks define them and is willing to push through the tough times to reach their goals.

Tenacity is also important because it inspires confidence in others. Investors, employees, and customers all want to work with someone who has a clear vision and is determined to make it a reality. A business owner who exhibits tenacity is someone who can weather the storms and keep their eye on the prize, even when things get tough. This inspires others to believe in the business's mission and increases the likelihood of success.

How to Maintain Tenacity as a Business Owner

Maintaining tenacity as a business owner requires effort and discipline. Here are some strategies that can help:

1. Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is critical for maintaining tenacity because it gives you something tangible to work towards. When setting goals, make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). This way, you can track your progress and celebrate small wins along the way, which will help you stay motivated.

2. Learn From Failures

Failure is a natural part of the entrepreneurial journey, and it's essential to learn from your mistakes. In other words, Fail Fast: identify the factors that led to the failure and think about how you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow, so don't let it define you.

3. Stay Positive

Last, but certainly not least, maintaining a positive mindset is critical for maintaining tenacity. Surround yourself with people who believe in your vision and are supportive of your goals. Celebrating small wins along the way also means the focus is on progress, rather than perfection.

In conclusion, tenacity is a critical trait for entrepreneurs to possess if they want to succeed. Maintaining tenacity requires effort and discipline, but the benefits are worth it. By setting realistic goals, learning to fail fast and keeping a positive attitude and teams it’s possible to  maintain tenacity and persevere through even the toughest times.