Greetings Doll babies!
I wrote a quick Linkedin Article this morning on entrepreneurship that I wanted to share with you being as though I know alot of my dolls are currently freelance artists, bloggers, enthusiasts etc. Because we’re not connected on Linkedin I thought I’d just add it her as well.
You can view and comment on the original post here.
“Transitioning from A Worker to a Boss”
Let me start by saying I’m no professional business consultant. A massive amount of my skill set came from “natural talent” and was nurtured/preened by my hunger to succeed and need to make a better life for myself. In other words…I’m self-educated in terms of business and am speaking solely from my experience as an entrepreneur.
I’d like to share the 5 key points that I’ve discovered while transitioning from a “worker” to a “boss”. 5 details that I believe will be beneficial regardless of your journey to entrepreneurship.
1.You can not be afraid of failure. Do yourself a favor and face entrepreneurship knowing that failure is inevitable. Tell yourself, “Something I try, a plan that I make, a promising connection I think I have, is going to fail. But that’s fine.” I’m sure you can think of a personal situation that didn’t work according to plan. Whether it be a romantic situation, a fashion/beauty choice, or a shortcut on a back road… everyone has experienced failure. But something magical happens once the embarrassment wears off and that post-failure jewel is Growth. After your heart was broken, that lipstick looked horrible, those jeans were ill-fitting, or that shortcut turned into a dark dead end…you learned something and hopefully applied what you learned to future situations.
” Failure is the mother of success.”
Remember, there’s worst things in the world than failing. For starters, giving up! Know that you will fail and believe you will overcome those bumps in the road.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”
2.Focus on your strengths, not weaknesses. Society has trained us to look at solving interpersonal issues from a “what’s wrong” point of view. We now recite popular antidotes like, ” first you must recognize the problem”, “embrace your flaws” among others which have reminded us we should aim to work from the bottom up. When doing so, you focus on the negative aspects of those you encounter as well as yourself. Is it important to be aware of your flaws and weaknesses? Short answer: Yes, of course. Superman would have been a really short series if he never learned of kryptonite if for no other reason because ignoring your weaknesses doesn’t make everyone else blind to them. However, if Superman would have focused on the fact that kryptonite was his one weakness he would have had no time to do what he was good at…saving the world.
Moral: The overall goal is not to avoid or fear your weakness, but to focus on and nurture your strengths despite being mindful of your weaknesses. If you have yet to begin your entrepreneurial journey and you’re trying to decide what type of business to start. Think of the things you’re naturally good at, research how to build on those talents and pair them with acquired skill, and lastly figure out how to make those skills and talents work for you. The beauty of being a boss is there is absolutely no limit to the possibilities. You name a market or industry and I’ll show you an entrepreneur within that industry who started with nothing more than a dream and ambition.
If you’re a current business owner and you’re struggling with your kryptonite don’t be afraid to pair up with someone who is stronger in the areas that you are weakest so that you can focus on what you’re best at while possibly learning a thing or two.
3. Be prepared to lose sleep. Because your vision is so bright and in some cases ever changing, it’s really hard for most entrepreneurs to “clock-out”. Whether you have a physical office space, you work from home, or on the go the lines of personal time are quite often blurred by ….well, work! It’s your responsibility to create an entity that satisfies your dreams and that’s a huge responsibility. Believe me, I know. Because of the enormous task place before every entrepreneur, sometimes to not be working seems irresponsible. At least this is the case for me.
“No one slept and saw your dreams but you. Don’t be afraid to dream alone and wakeup grinding the same way.”-The Doll Mob
Your vision is your own and no one is more passionate about it than you.
Quick Side Note: Burnout is real, so take care of yourself. In my opinion, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” isn’t a motto entrepreneurs should live by. Lack of rest can lead to making horrible decisions, health problems, and under eye bags that can not be covered by the best concealer. Quite frankly, the “when I’m dead” aspect can come quicker than expected when you’re not taking care of yourself and you would probably want to see your plans come to fruition.
Still, while you shouldn’t be sleep deprived, you can expect to have several late nights, early mornings. I once heard someone say “Give it your all, unless you’re giving blood”. In other words, If it doesn’t affect your health and well-being, in the words of a legacy brand known as Nike “Just do it”.
4. Expect to get acquainted with sacrifice. I can honestly say that my generation has a blurred perception when it comes to “Being a Boss”. For some reason, it’s thought to be inclusive of tons of money and even more free time to spend it. I could blame the media and hip hop/pop culture, but the truth is people believe what they want. I’m sure we’d all agree that it’s easier to believe you can realize a dream when it comes as easily as the dream did while you slept.
While this may be the reality for some lucky soul, the majority of the boss population has become accustomed to making sacrifices. Those shoes you want will no longer be in the budget due to investing in marketing and advertising, the day party you’ve been planning for since last year may have to be put on the back burner to attend an important business meeting, and the list goes on and on.
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t” -Unknown
We (entrepreneurs) are the mothers and fathers of our dreams, and like any loving parent you must be willing to surrender your selfishness to ensure the health of your baby. Be prepared to give up the things you want or may even be used to, to accommodate the needs of your brand. It’ll be worth it.
5.Remain flexible. There is much to say about the amount of time we spend planning when it comes to our businesses. Location, price points, competition, funding, building your team or whether to have a team, marketing strategies, advertising campaigns, networking events etc. etc. Is this planning necessary? Yes, of course! You do not want to jump into any market without first doing your research. However, the goal is to get from point A (which could be an idea or business plan) to Point B (which is the end result you’re aiming for). It’s easy to get stuck in one mode or on one course of action when you’ve invested so much of your time into creating a strategic plan. This is the mistake.
Always focus on the result you’re looking for and be flexible in your methods. For instance, if you wanted a pair of Prada shades for Christmas and for some odd reason Prada refused to deliver them to you, would you not look to Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and the like before you gave up on your Christmas wish list? I sure would. It’s the same concept when it comes to building your business. One door may not be opening and one road may be closed, but don’t let that discourage you! Planning is necessary, but flexibility is key.
So, here’s the take away:
- Growth happens when you’re brave enough to fail.
- Build your brand around your natural talent and strengths, and continuously develop complimentary skills.
- There is no such thing as “clocking out”. Always take care of yourself, but be prepared to be awake when everyone else you know is sleeping.
- Making “boss moves” often requires great sacrifice.
- Be ready to adapt. Train yourself to see obstacles as challenges, not failures.
One last thing..
From one entrepreneur to another, I truly hope you reach each goal and realize every dream. Never forget that perseverance is an accomplishment.