A truly inspiring business owner has shared a lesson in self-belief that everyone who works for themselves would do well to follow.
gough (a one-word name) was left legally blind after having a horrific reaction to the measles vaccination as a baby. Yet as an adult, it was his vision of working in movies that seemed to be the biggest obstacle of all.
“It’s so discouraging. I mean it can be heartbreaking at times because in my profession, let’s say you’ve got a really killer script and you think this is going to make … a production company out there and a distribution company, this could make them a whole heap of coin. It’s a really great script. This is going to make a really fantastic film, and just nobody wants to know,” he told My Business.
However, as gough explained, there is a solution to every problem, and it is important to have self-belief during those difficult times to keep your business goals on track.
“You just need to believe in your work. You need to go back to the beginning and go ‘Well, you know what? I think this is a high-quality project. How else can I make this happen?’ Then you just figure out how else you can make it happen,” he said.
“I thought, well, the only way I’m going to make this happen is to fund it myself. I got all my savings, I put all my eggs in the one basket, which I guess a financial advisor probably wouldn’t advise you to do, but I mean at the end of the day you’ve got to take risks sometimes.”
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Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.