This is a letter from the heart dedicated to young entrepreneurs.
It all starts with a vision. A single spark of an idea. If you read this letter and take nothing else away from it, please hold on to what I am about to tell you. Your idea is not stupid. Nurture that idea, guard it with your life. Do what you must to get the ball rolling but do something. Don’t let your idea fade and your dreams and hopes die. If you need to learn a new skill, do it. If you need to spend a little cash, do it. If you need to work your 9-5 and work on your idea at night, do it. Do everything you can to give this idea life.
I want to share my story with you, I promise to keep it short. I noticed early on that I will not be happy to be just an employee for the rest of my life. I wanted more, and I wanted something I could call my own, I was hungry for success and envious of all those 20 and 30-something entrepreneurs. I schemed, I dreamed, I wrote down pages and pages of ideas in notebooks over the years and finally last year I quit my job, moved halfway around the world, made preparations, learned new skills, brushed up old skills and in May this year I launched this beautiful, dreamy business called VA Celebrity Virtual Services.
It’s not perfect yet and I am working hard to improve on it every day but it’s mine. Every single inch of this beauty is mine. It sparked from an idea, I dreamed about it, I crafted it into a plan, I breathed life into it and I sent it out into the world.
It’s ok to be scared. I am scared too. There isn’t a day that goes by where I go from being gob-smacked at my success to feeling like I don’t deserve this and it’s going to fail. These feelings are normal and they are important to keep us humble.
I realised early on in my business, possibly on day 2 after the launch that I needed a coach to help me through this process of getting organised, prioritising, dealing with imposter syndrome and allowing myself to enjoy my success.
My first piece of advice to you today is to go and get a coach. Take a load off and let them guide you through this entrepreneurial process.
Then, get a business plan. STOP what you are thinking and do it. This is important because without a plan you have no direction and wouldn’t know where to start and what to do first.
Third, get clear on your goals. Where do you want to be in 1, 3, 5 years from now? Set weekly goals that are achievable and hold yourself accountable.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t work out as planned. Some entrepreneurs fail between 3 and 5 times before they find success.
If you are still unclear about whether you are cut out to be a great entrepreneur, follow this 10 point checklist :
1. You are overflowing with confidence. Don’t get this confused with being cocky, because there is a huge difference. Becoming an entrepreneur comes with a lot of risks, but successful entrepreneurs have confidence in their idea as well as their ability to reach their goals. An entrepreneur goes into every situation with an abundance of confidence.
2. You are competitive at everything. Entrepreneurs are extremely competitive when it comes to everything. An entrepreneur has the same competitive spirit whether they are working on their business or racing the individual on the treadmill next to them at the gym. There is a burning desire inside to be the best and win at everything.
3. You have a hard time turning work mode off. Being an entrepreneur takes an enormous amount of time and energy. There is never a time that you have nothing to do. While many people turn work mode off at 5 p.m., entrepreneurs are constantly game planning and envisioning what needs to get done and how they will accomplish it.
4. You are extremely focused. Starting a business involves many ups and downs that not everyone can handle. It can take several years for a business to flourish and get to a point that allows you to step back and catch your breath. Staying 100 percent focused on the end goal regardless of what obstacles get in the way is mandatory.
5. You are independent and self-motivated. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur simply because they lack direction. Some people need to be told what to do and while that is fine, it just doesn’t fly when it comes to creating a business. Entrepreneurs welcome challenges and set out to accomplish their mission independently, knowing that they will be successful.
6. You are a natural-born leader. Entrepreneurs are leaders that earn respect by providing a positive example for their team to follow. Leaders have strong communication skills and the ability to get an entire organization to work towards the same vision.
7. You love to create new things. Remember when Snapchat turned down a $3 billion purchase offer from Facebook? You probably heard someone say, “If that was me, I would have sold it and never worked another day in my life.” That just isn’t the mentality that entrepreneurs possess.
8. You are willing to fail. Entrepreneurs have to be willing to fail in order to succeed, as there is no reward without risk. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs failed on their path to success, but instead of giving up they learned from their mistakes and made it.
9. You are a creative thinker. Taking an idea or vision and turning it into a real business takes a creative mind. Often times thinking up the idea is the easiest part — it is the follow through and obstacles that will get in your way that requires the real creative thinking.
10. You are an advocate for your brand 24/7. There is nobody more passionate or knowledgeable about a company than its creator. Entrepreneurs will naturally talk about and be excited about what they do around the clock. Entrepreneurship is contagious, and once you get the bug there is no turning back.
Extract from an article on Entrepreneur.com, read the full article here.
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