My first job was the summer between elementary and high school, I was thirteen. I worked full-time putting computer boards together in a building with no windows.
Since I was thirteen, I have had many different jobs. Some fulfilling, some ate my soul. After closing down my first business, I took some time to reflect on what I have learned as an entrepreneur. Although the business was successful financially, I look at success as so much more than monetary gain.
I am a better version of myself for taking a risk and following my heart!
The thing I have learned:
- If you are looking for an excuse not to try, you will find one.
- If you believe you will fail, you will.
- Trying is better than always wondering what it would be like. If you never try, you will never know.
- Honest hard work always pays off.
- A bridge job is fine to get you to a new destination, just don’t get stuck on the bridge.
- Support is absolutely necessary, so find good support with people who can relate.
- Surround yourself with other entrepreneurs, but never lose contact with dear friends.
- Asking for help can be hard, but people love to help and are always there when you need them.
- Admitting something does not work is a sign of strength, not weakness.
- Everyone is scared, confused and uncertain; confidence comes through experience.
- Start before you are ready, because you will never be as ready as you like.
- Hire a coach. Find an accountability buddy. Never stop investing in yourself and your business, as it will come around full circle as others invest in you.
- Life is to short to never try anything new or go after your dreams.
- Think outside the box.
- If you want something bad enough, you will most definitely find a way.
- Work hard. Do it right. Do it well.
- Even when things do not work out just as we hope, an opportunity is born from it.
- You can learn a lot from watching others that have succeeded, but do not be afraid to make your own rules.
- Self-doubt is all part of it, but never stop believing in yourself.
- When one door closes, a new one will open.
- Be present in each moment, as this is where opportunity lies.
- When you do what you love, it often doesn’t even feel like work.
- Living to work will kill you, so always take care of yourself.
- Everything you have learned in life will come in handy at some point.
- You are a sum total of everything you have experienced thus far, use it to your advantage, this is your niche.
- Waking up with purpose, inspiration, passion, and intention is the best feeling in the world. (Or definitely tied for first place with Love.)
- Money isn’t everything, always remember to make time for the people you love (including yourself).
If you are reading this and have been considering taking a risk, I say do it!
Thank you for the image, entrepreneurcoach.com.