26 Things I Have Learned As An Entrepreneur

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.

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