Being an entrepreneur is not easy.
People throw around that term like it’s nothing. Just about everyone I know is using this word, whether they are doing the work to grow a business or not.
It’s become more of a word these days that is used to fit in online.
But the truth is, entrepreneurship is hard work. It’s constant. It doesn’t stop just because you had a bad day and decided to quit for a week. It doesn’t just stop because someone hurt your feelings one day and your emotions need a break.
Business can not survive that type of work ethic.
Entrepreneurship is a journey into the self. Looking one’s fears directly in the face and doing the work despite. It’s the experience of feeling that pit in your stomach day after day because the risks you are taking are not reasonable.
Trusting Others With Your Business
Last week I hired four new people for my brand. It was terrifying. I have to believe that these people know how to do the work. I have to have faith that they will not just disappear on my business because they suddenly had a change of heart and decided to leave my business hanging.
Being left high and dry after spending thousands happens all the time in business, and it’s a crazy risk business owners put themselves through.
It’s devastating, but you have to learn from it, not let it get you off track, and keep going to uncover the solution.
Complacency Is A Killer
Entrepreneurs must be able to multiply themselves. The days of being a solo-entrepreneur are over. It’s exhausting, and although you are most likely starting in this role, it is essential to understand how to grow and expand your business with speed.
Most who call themselves entrepreneurs do not know how to scale, which is a problem for sustainability.
One of the biggest lessons in business, I learned from my near death tragedy, is that I should have had a business that could run itself without me.
After all, life happens.
As much as we like to think we’re in control of our lives, we’re not.
I lost my digital tech firm after months of not being able to run my staff and manage my clients. I was in a coma on life-support for months.
Everything I had worked so hard to build, I had to let go.
Last year, I stated I was going to rebuild my business, but this time scale it as soon as I came into money.
I stayed true to that promise and worked tirelessly to expand everything I have created the last 18-months.
It’s not easy, though.
There is a lot of trial and error. Testing and measuring must be like breathing as an entrepreneur. It’s hard work. And as mentioned, it doesn’t stop.
Expanding Your Network
In addition to the never-ending to-do lists, wearing multiple hats, managing multiple departments, and taking those massive leaps into the unknown, entrepreneurs are constantly expanding their network.
Networking is not just about finding a group that feels comfortable but finding others with whom you can develop and grow your business. It’s critical to continue expanding your reach and increasing your connections.
You’d be surprised how fast your business can move just by focusing on increasing your network and getting around the right people who can help you take your business in the direction you want it to go.
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