Learning to Fly Without Wings

We spend our time figuring out complex solutions to our problems or work on forward-thinking ways to resolve our issues. Sometimes the answers are so simple that we just can’t see them.

“To infinity – and beyond!”

Sound familiar? Buzz Lightyear cheered those words in Disney’s Toy Story. He’s famous for that inspiring little message. Let’s see what we can learn from Buzz in relation to online ventures.

The Web is a Strange, Strange Place

Mr. Lightyear came out of nowhere (or so he thought). He landed in a foreign place with strange people. He had no clue where he was. It was confusing. The people were odd. He had to learn and adapt.

Buzz had big problems; he had no support. No one understood him. He was alone in this curious world. When asked who he was, Buzz stood proud and recited the mantra. (It had something to do with the Intergalactic Alliance Team and the Gamma Quadrant, but that’s not really important.)

Everyone laughed.

Now, let’s be honest. Each of us trying to build a web-based business or an online enterprise has probably faced some of the same skepticism as poor Buzz. “You do what for a living? On the Internet. Uh huh. You really make money at that?”

Yes. Yes we do. Or we try, at the very least.

Internet Adversity

Buzz tried to face the laughter, but poor Lightyear also faced all kinds of problems. His laser didn’t work. His communicator was dead. And people kept insisting he was just a toy. He couldn’t fly.

Things weren’t looking good.

But Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, firmly believed in himself despite what everyone said about him. He refused to acknowledge that he was just a child’s plaything. He insisted that, yes, he could fly. He was proud of himself and his accomplishments.

Buzz would show them all.

Call Buzz stubborn, call him delusional, call him what you will, but he faced every obstacle down. He found solutions. He overcame obstacles. He stepped out as a leader and resolved the issues that held him back.

Buzz had confidence – and that’s what we all need.

We need to put up with the skepticism and the lack of support. We need to endure the tough times and face the obstacles. We have to focus on believing in ourselves and keep trying.

That’s the key.

Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, despite all ridicule and adversity, found his way to fly. Will you?

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.