I applaud her courage and am confident she will experience success.
But I am also confident she will encounter obstacles along the way--walls that block her progress.
Her level of success will largely be determined by her response to these setbacks.
Each of us has limited abilities, but unlimited possibilities.
When we encounter a wall--an aggressive competitor, an economic downturn, a 4-minute mile--we have a choice: accept the limitation or fight our way through.
Perseverance is often the key to breaking barriers and setting new standards for others to follow.
At times, however, we may encounter walls that are--or appear to be--insurmountable.
In such cases, a clear sense of purpose can help us find new paths to the same destination.
That is why our purpose should be larger than a job, career, or entrepreneurial venture.
A sense of purpose can give us the faith to believe that something worthwhile is waiting for us at the end of our journey.
If we aren't encountering much resistance, chances are we aren't making much progress.
The path to success can be treacherous at times, but if we keep our eye on the ultimate goal and put one foot in front of the other, we can continue moving forward long after others have given up.
If it were easy, everyone would be an entrepreneur.
It's not easy, but it can be very rewarding for those willing to accept the challenge.