As I approach my 8 year anniversary of being an entrepreneur there are a few things I learned and I would love to share them with you!
I am a firm believer that success leaves clues therefore, if we can avoid falling in a ditch that someone else once fell in then why not heed their wisdom?
- Doing it for the money. – Don’t do it for the money. It is your service that will bring fulfillment not the amount of money you make.
- Not being true to your brand– Nowadays everyone is coming up with cute brand names and tag lines; just be sure that you can live up to all the hype you may receive from it.
- Picking and choosing what days you have your business hat on– It is perfectly okay to profit from your passion. Everyone may not be able to afford your service and that is okay. That just means you have to adjust your marketing to fit your targeted audience. P.S. Your audience will be able to pay for your services.
- Trying to bring everyone along with you- Truth is, you have worked your butt off to get where you are. Stop handing out free passes to those who do not have as much invested as you do.
- Failing to delegate– If you want to stay small try to do it alone. If you want to go global develop a team and DELEGATE!
- Not staying focused on the big picture– Things will happen. Life will happen but you must develop mental toughness and resilience to jump through every hurdle and maintain your stance in the marketplace.
- Comparing your brand to others– It’s okay to look and learn from the greats; but be careful not to compare your 10 years of experience to someone else’s 50 years of experience. Lean and glean then dominate in your lane and on your level.
- Spending more time working IN your business rather than ON your business– Hire virtual assistants; etc to do what you no longer have time to do. Don’t say you can’t afford it; truth is you can’t afford not to hire help. Trying to do it all alone will leave you burned out and ineffective.
- Failing to take care of yourself- In the midst of building your brand, be sure to make time for yourself and your family. You often hear it’s lonely at the top or between levels. Truth is, many forfeit their family and loved ones for their dream only to achieve their dream and have no one around to enjoy it with. Don’t let this be YOU!
- Listening to too many opinions- Be careful who you lend your ear to. Not everyone has your best interest at heart. So what they are well known and wealthy; weigh all information on the peace scale and then decide whether you should a.) implement it, b.) shelf it or c.) throw it out! Don’t be so gullible into thinking because they make more money than you that you should always listen to them. Someone else’s way, may not be your way.
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