It’s supposed to be hard.

Have you ever seen the movie A League of Their Own? The story is based on a real women’s baseball league that was created in 1943 after the men went to fight in World War II. It’s an all-star cast that includes Geena Davis as Dottie, the most skilled player, and Tom Hanks as Jimmy, the team manager.

A turning point in the movie (spoiler alert!) is when Dottie quits, saying, “It just got too hard.” To which Jimmy replies, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” (You can watch the clip here.)

As an entrepreneur, I can relate to Dottie. It seems every day is fraught with a lot of “hard” things that show up in many different ways: Overwhelmed. Tired. Bored. Confused. Demotivated. Scattered. Overworked. Burnt out. Challenged. Stuck.

Welcome to entrepreneurship. Yep, it’s going to be hard.

The problem, it turns out, is not that it’s too hard. The problem is that we think it’s supposed to be easy. That’s the message we get bombarded with from gurus that seem to have it all figured out. They’ll help us get to that elusive “six or seven figures” if only we apply their guaranteed-to-work secret solution.

But not only is it not SUPPOSED to be easy, it WON’T be easy. That’s why not everyone is doing it. The hard is what makes it great.

Let’s embrace the challenge of what we’ve committed to, and stop beating ourselves up for not being better at it. There will be days and weeks and maybe even months where it feels like you’re not making progress. I promise you are!

The best elixir for “hard” is getting support from other people who are facing similar challenges.

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