I recently created this hand lettering piece because these words kept ringing in my head: “Bet on Yourself.” It’s the message my son heard in high school from the JUCO (Junior College) coach where he ended up playing baseball this past year.
He played three sports in high school and enjoyed them all, but we had a very practical approach and didn’t engage in any special showcases or camps. He didn’t receive any recruiting interest from bigger college programs during his high school years. His coach urged him to go the JUCO route, to “Bet on himself” and to believe in his potential. Fast forward to this past July and the fruits of his labor paid off. It felt like God was smiling down upon him because he was drafted in the 18th round by the Texas Rangers!
The journey my son embarked on, from an under-the-radar high school athlete to a professional baseball player, holds valuable lessons for all of us. It’s a story of perseverance, self-belief, and betting on oneself.
Betting on Your Business
So, how does this apply to you and your business? For me, it’s that moment when I get quiet and listen to my inner voice. It’s about learning to dig deep and silence the inner critic that often holds me back. Perhaps for you, it’s the naysayers around you who aren’t building you up. I encourage you to find a new tribe, one that believes in your potential and encourages your growth. Whatever your situation, the key message here is to bet on yourself, trust your instincts, and never stop believing.
Silence the Inner Critic
In the world of entrepreneurship, self-doubt is a common companion. We often hear the whispers of the inner critic, telling us that we’re not good enough, that we’re not cut out for this, or that success is reserved for others. However, just as my son had to overcome his doubts, so do we.
Silencing the inner critic starts with acknowledging its existence. Understand that self-doubt is a natural part of the process, but it doesn’t have to define you. Recognize that your dreams and goals are worth pursuing. When you bet on yourself and your ideas, you’re taking the first step toward turning those dreams into reality.
Surround Yourself with Believers
My son’s journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support and belief of his coaches — and of course, his family :). The people we surround ourselves with have a profound impact on our growth and success. If you find that the people around you are not supportive or are actively discouraging your aspirations, it’s time to seek out a new tribe.
Surround yourself with individuals who believe in your potential, who push you to be your best self, and who celebrate your successes, no matter how small. A supportive community can provide the motivation and encouragement needed to overcome challenges and reach your goals.
Dreams Do Come True
My son’s story is a testament to the fact that dreams do come true. Despite the odds, he persevered and believed in his abilities. He worked each day to become better and let go of what he could not control.
In the world of business, the path to success is often fraught with challenges and uncertainties. However, it’s those who are willing to take a leap of faith, to trust their instincts, and to silence the inner critic that often achieve the most remarkable feats.
So, as you navigate the twists and turns of your entrepreneurial journey, remember to “Bet on Yourself.” Trust your gut, surround yourself with those who believe in you, and never stop believing in your dreams.