“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

In this blog, we’re going to share what really drives us as an entrepreneur and how you can better align with that to achieve your goals on the days when you’re not feeling motivated, or you’re not feeling like you have what it takes to keep on going.

We will also provide the solution to what it takes for you to get back on the horse and keep riding until you get to your destination.

What drives me as an entrepreneur?

This is a question that many people get wrong because, for many, the answer to this question is given by the world around them and by society.

For example, you might have heard around many people that the reason why you should start your business and grow your business is to make a positive impact and help people, but the truth is, if that’s not something that internally drives you, then it’s not going to be what wakes you up in the morning and gets you going to work on your business.

For many entrepreneurs, the inner driver is that they want to be their best selves. They don’t want to live life as a mediocre or constantly think about their past. And for some people, the driver might also be a purely selfish financial and monetary driver, and that’s also completely okay.

But one thing that we do want to stress is that your driver is your personal purpose, and it has nothing to do with other’s thoughts, opinions, or judgments.

For someone who might not be well off financially, their financial driver might cause them to go out and build a business that ends up impacting millions of people. But initially, the only reason they built that business was because they wanted to innovate and create a product/service that would be unique and powerful and really make a difference in the world. By doing this, they will be rewarded financially, which will allow them to achieve their personal financial goals, but at the same time, they also made an impact around the world.

If you look at the most prominent companies we use on a day-to-day basis right now in our lives, for example, you look at amazon. We can order something and get it the next day or even the same day.

How convenient is it for someone who might be disabled and unable to leave their homes to have items delivered to them the next day? Isn’t that an amazing thing? 

Now, do we know the intentions of Jeff Bezos when he built amazon? Was his intention really to make an impact? Was it to create the best product ever? Was that he wanted to be a billionaire? Allah knows, but ultimately, his business did have an amazing impact on all those who can now receive these products at home.

Your why and your driver is yours alone…

It is no one else’s duty or even no one else’s ability to judge but yours.

You have to figure out for yourself what it is that drives you to your core, ultimately. Is it that you want to make more money? Is it that you want to build the greatest product ever and love building products? Or is it to build the greatest business ever and get satisfaction from making things?

Or is it to help people, make an impact within this community, and make a dent in the universe by building a lasting legacy where you will be remembered for your contributions to the world?

No matter your reason, it is yours alone, and only when you truly sit down and figure out at the core what is your true driver.

When you peel off the layers that society has given you and cover your true essence on top, you will find your core driver. And seeing the core driver will make you understand yourself at such a deep level, and it will allow you to understand in those times when you’re not motivated what exactly is going on in your mind and help you find a solution to those problems.

One thing we truly believe is common that all entrepreneurs have, no matter what their driver is that when they look back at their journey, they realize that the experience of going through this journey of self-discovery and building their business is a reward in itself.

This experience of challenging yourself, getting outside of your comfort zone, building something with your own hands, and trying to create something of your own experience is a rewarding journey.

This will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and make your life more impactful.

Written by Abby El-Asmar

Abby is a business & marketing consultant – and the founder of Ummahpreneur. His passion is to nurture a new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs that will impact the world in a positive way while uplifting the Ummah!

September 16, 2022

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