Arguably, one of WWII's greatest heroes was Winston Churchill. He is immortalized with many famous quotes but the most important one for me in my life of entrepreneurship has been:
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Life in general and entrepreneurship in particular is fraught with challenges. We, who live and die on every decision we make to determine the course of our livelihoods through self-enterprise, are particularly vulnerable to the slings and arrows of our detractors. Not only must we constantly face the challenges of creating a venture from scratch from our own passion and ingenuity but we must also secure financing and sustain our dreams through the life of that creation.
Along the way, our heels are nipped by the naysayers and by the "dogs" that are ill-equipped to do much more than whine and remain merely irritants in the scope of things, belittling the entrepreneur's vision and doing anything in their power to rain on our parade. Through all, we as entrepreneurs owe it to our families, our supporters, and most of all ourselves, to embrace Churchill's credo to "Never give in."