It’s been almost 7 years since I started my entrepreneurial journey, and like any other startup founder, I have had my shares of highs and lows. I certainly had some interesting learnings along the way, which has helped me, become a better person and a better professional.
So, with the start of a new working year, I thought of sharing some of the most important lessons with you.
Stay true to yourself.
When we pay attention and listen to ourselves the most magical things can begin to happen. Deep down you know what you need to do, you know what the right thing to do is, so listen up. The more I stay aligned with myself the more I stay in the flow and manifest what I want. Things happen more easily.
Work hard, play hard.
The notion that those who don’t work all the time are not serious entrepreneurs are pure nonsense. Yes, entrepreneurship is difficult and you must put in long hours, more than many other people do. But during my time as a business owner, I have learned that no business or financial freedom is worth sacrificing family, social life, and fun over.
Learn to manage your time and grant yourself breaks and days off. Take time to socialize and spend time with family and friends. This can help clear your mind so you’ll make better decisions or arrive at realizations that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Ask for Help.
In the unknown and challenging world of startups, the journey is both exciting and painful. I have learned that I am certainly not capable of doing everything nor knowing everything. I had to learn how to employ the right people, ask for help and say no to something I am incapable of delivering, even if I want to.
Have a vision.
Get clear on your mission, your niche and build your brand on it. It doesn’t have to be complicated – just get clarity and stay connected with what you are really great at.
Confusion is part of the journey.
Everyone is confused. Even the most successful entrepreneurs feel confused sometimes, it’s okay! 🙂 Take the pressure off yourself – you don’t have to be perfect.
Be supportive of your peers.
I recently read something that stuck with me and it is so important. “Like and support the people you know vs praising and supporting people you will never meet”
For those of you who do not know, I am the founder of Brand Awareness Agency, 4Elements Media.
You can read more about my journey in an interview I did with PR Couture.