As a young entrepreneur, I know very few people my age who are in business for themselves. And those I do know are often facing similar hurdles and learning by doing. The truth is, being an entrepreneur is hard work. Very hard work. And, it takes a lot of gusto to start your own business. Nevertheless, it is a rewarding process and the lessons learned can easily translate to everyday life. So, I would like to share with you lessons I am learning along the way. I think for now, I will preface each topic with “thoughts on entrepreneurship.” Now, on to the heart of this post.
As you may know, I started formulating natural skincare products because of my personal struggles with eczema and dermatitis. I never thought it would grow into a business. Because I am still very much a “one woman show,” I have learned that taking action is the only way to grow and improve. My current mantra is:
Strive for growth and work towards perfection. Just do your best!
Focusing on being perfect can prevent you from taking action. Mr. Howell, my junior high school band teacher, always said, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” <– This is an old Chinese proverb. There are many times when I plan out every aspect of a new project and something inevitably goes wrong. For example, we launched a giveaway for our new Summer products and there was a glitch in the comment section. But, rather than stressing out, I fixed the glitch and sent an e-mail to the folks who clicked on the link but weren’t able to enter.
At the end of the day, we are all human. Things don’t always work out perfectly but you’ll never reach your full potential or make your dreams come true sitting on the sidelines. Get out of your comfort zone and take action to accomplish your goals. What are you holding back on?
- Launch that product and stop fretting about being good enough.
- Send that e-mail to your list and stop worrying about being perfect. The world because you had “here” instead of “hear.” ***Soapbox alert – You can ask someone to review content for you but that gets tricky especially if you need a response sooner than later. Do your best to create quality content, give it time to breathe, revisit it a few times for grammar/spelling, and send it out. You’ll get better with time and practice. And, one day, you may even have someone copy editing your posts for you. But, that day will never come if you sit on the fence and keep all you have to share to yourself. ***Soapbox alert
- Reach out to that potential business prospect
- Start your blog
- Start writing that book
I could go on but I think you get the point. What steps will you take to work toward your dreams?!
Until Next Time… Be Well,
Celebrating a Natural. Beautiful. You.