On the road to success, there are sadly few shortcuts. But there are several detours you can avoid by following those who've completed the course.
Jeremy Adams is one such guy. His desire to leave behind his trailer park upbringing saw him set out on his entrepreneurship journey as a teen, burning CDs, doing neighbors' yard work and waiting tables before launching his first start-up, a food truck company, at the age of 22.
A few months later, the young Floridian's business was picked up by former "Shark Tank" judge Kevin Harrington at a local competition, kicking his journey into the next gear and spurring the pair to co-launch a marketing start-up.
Less than a decade on, the 30-year-old now runs a multimillion-dollar portfolio of businesses, including his latest venture, Unicorn Innovations, which helps entrepreneurs build their businesses. He himself is a multimillionaire, according to a representative.
Speaking to CNBC Make It, Adams described the 10 lessons that helped him along the way.
1. Learn to embrace loneliness
Long hours, regular knock backs and often isolated working can make the journey of an entrepreneur a lonely one. But while it's important to take time out to socialize and look beyond your business, it's also critical to embrace loneliness in the short term for results in the long term.
"Turning down plans, staying in on the weekends, etc. are often essential in reaching your goals as an entrepreneur, and those sacrifices may lead to extremely isolated periods of time, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel," he noted. "The low points always lead to higher ones."
2. Friends and family are sometimes a great ally, but often your worst enemy
Though they typically want the best for you, advice from friends and family can end up limiting you if they don't share your mindset.
"The reason the one percent is the one percent is because they think and operate differently to the 99 percent," said Adams. "Take advice and guidance from family and friends with a grain of salt, but always follow your gut, even if it strays off the given path your family has for you — it will pay off in the end."
3. Everyone is on the same journey
It's easy to look at those we consider successful and think they have it all figured out. But, in reality, everyone faces similar challenges when it comes to their careers, finances and relationships.
To avoid getting bogged down with the pressure of other people's achievements, "compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today," said Adams, quoting one of his favorite books, Jordan Peterson's "12 Rules For Life."
4. Ask for help
Don't be afraid to reach out to others for guidance, especially when they have particular expertise you lack. That's especially important for technical matters, like taxes, which can create a huge headache for businesses if handled incorrectly, said Adams.