What Do Entrepreneurs And Salmon Have In Common? Read This!

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"The upriver salmon migration is one of nature's most mysterious dramas. To some species of Pacific salmon, it is a long, strenuous, desperate race against time, with every obstacle taking a toll. The journey is an example of phenomenal effort. Determination."

Pacific salmon may swim hundreds, even thousands, of miles to their birthplace to spawn. This genetic determination keeps them fighting upriver to return to their spawning grounds and repeats generation after generation.

The circle of life and death takes mental toughness. First, they must survive their years in the ocean, staying safe amid commercial fishers, natural predators, and storms. Only the strongest survive by swimming against the swift current, leaping over steep waterfalls.

The male must fight off other males at the spawning grounds to keep them from his female of choice. The female covers her eggs with silt and stands watch for several hours or days. Finally, she lays her eggs, and the male deposits his sperm over them. The salmon turn into brilliant colors and die within a few days of spawning from injuries and exhaustion.

Many successful entrepreneurs possess an "innate ability to persevere through the difficulty and adversity at all cost." Some who may have written a resume of failure tend to give up amidst the difficulty.

There is no circumvention of life's struggles. It is not the absence of effort and difficulty that constitutes peace. It is strength and resolve that ensures that you will emerge victoriously. As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

Thomas Edison exclaimed, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Entrepreneurs must tap into determination and grit and tell themselves to get up every day and give it the best they can to keep the business going despite long odds.

Nurturing Determination

Faith. Believe in yourself and your dream. Solid belief produces the strength to carry on, whatever life throws at you.

Commitment. Commit to your goal and plan. Famed business philosopher Peter Drucker said, "Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans."

Consistency. Work on consistency. This builds momentum and feeds your determination.

Confidence. Be a "Teflon" entrepreneur. Family, friends, and the public all will offer advice along the lines of "this will never work; get a real job." Let it slide off as you press onward.

Focus. The details and decisions involved in starting and running a business can be overwhelming and never-ending. Keep your goal front and center, decide what is most important each day, focus on it and persevere.

Make your own "luck." If you believe in yourself, it is just a small step to believing in the goodwill of the universe, that events can conspire to support what you truly believe in. This type of synergy is hard to explain but happens daily. Work hard. Let the world know you're determined. And you'll make your luck!

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Comments (12)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting post, and I like this quote, "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Oct 18, 2021 07:01 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Ron and Alexandra. Thank you for your comments and the follow.

Oct 18, 2021 08:07 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Aura - there is so much great information on determination on your blog.  Never never quit!

Oct 18, 2021 07:25 AM
Aura Alex

Grant,  You're right.  Why quit when I'm having so much fun! Thank you.

Oct 18, 2021 08:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share. Determination is mandatory for success in the real estate business.

Oct 19, 2021 04:39 AM
Aura Alex

Absolutely true!  Thank you for confirming that, Roy.

Oct 19, 2021 05:17 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Starting a new career in real estate at 45 years old took tenacity and determination, Aura. This post reminds me of the journey taken to get where I am right now! Thank you for this post.

Oct 19, 2021 06:01 PM
Aura Alex

You're welcome, Wanda.  I am glad you liked the post. Congrats to all your hard work , tenacity and determination. And your accomplishments! Thank you for sharing your story.

Oct 19, 2021 09:53 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent analogy! Very inspirational! 

Great quote choices.

Oct 20, 2021 06:54 AM
Aura Alex

Sharon, thank you. It's good to hear from you.

Oct 20, 2021 10:36 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Your analogy between the determination and will of salmon to reproduce and the strength and determination of an entrepreneur to be successful is very interesting.

Oct 20, 2021 01:44 PM
Aura Alex

Thank you, John Juarez.  I love (some) animals, and I see love for their young, their survival skills, and their curiosity abound.  They can teach us, humans, what nature has provided them.  Have a great day!

Oct 20, 2021 02:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Aura - I first saw this post as a reblog from Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!.  It's an analogy that fits for life, entrepreneurs and anyone involved in real estate.  Nicely done.  

Oct 22, 2021 03:43 AM
Aura Alex

Michael Jacobs, thank you for reading and commenting on my post.  And many thanks to Wanda for her "ambassador" doing what she does best!

Oct 22, 2021 11:59 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are all fantastic points, and a spot-on analogy. Thank you!

Oct 22, 2021 05:22 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Kat Palmiotti. Thank you for your comment, follow, and being here. I am now following you. I hope the sun is shining in your beautiful Mountain and Big Sky State of Montana. Have a great weekend!

Oct 22, 2021 12:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Today's a cloudy one, but it's still good, Aura Alex !

Oct 22, 2021 12:16 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Glad you all enjoyed Aura Alex's post, thanks for offering a comment. Be sure to go to her page and comment there. I happily re-blogged to further the inspirational message! Thanks again for the original post.

Oct 22, 2021 10:25 AM
Aura Alex

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I appreciated the reblogging and support you have shown to (aging) new Rainmaker like me. It's no wonder you earned the role of "Ambassador." I am very grateful! A Million Thanks, Wanda.💛

Oct 22, 2021 12:17 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Such a great analogy with salmon and the lifelong pursuit. 

Oct 25, 2021 07:33 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, faye schubert; thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I am pleased to meet you.  Have a great week!

Oct 25, 2021 08:27 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

This is a wonderful post.  Living in Alaska we follow the running of the salmon and understand the powerful message they represent. You really brought that to life here. Thank you Aura Alex  I look forward to more of your thoughtful posts!

Oct 26, 2021 12:58 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Debra Leisek. I feel an exceptional warmth when someone discovers me from my blog posts and provides meaningful comment. I welcome your comments, and many thanks for being here.

Oct 26, 2021 10:56 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel, Land, Multi Family

Welcome to Active Rain Aura Alex !  Determination and tenacity reap rewards.  You are now a featured newbie here in the Rain community Newbie Feature

Oct 26, 2021 06:39 AM
Aura Alex

Oh, WOW! I am speechless!  THANK YOU!! Eileen Burns 🧡💛

The newbie featured picture is going up on my Profile! 

Oct 26, 2021 10:47 AM