Hey people! I hope you are doing so well<3
In this post I’m going to be speaking on Entrepreneurship. (What a word). As this the route I’ve began taking myself!
As with many things I like to research and investigate before, forming my own conclusions about them, rather than to rely on one source for my understanding of a topic. I like to gather as much information first hand, so I can form my own opinion and maybe add/take away or tweak what I agree and disagree with, if I feel the need to. I think it’s easy to try and replicate how other people have done it or follow their formula… Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to learn from other people, but you are still your own person and you’ve got to do it your way.
I hope you are with me so far!
Before I dropped out of university, I was studying Business and management which allowed me to study Entrepreneurship for one semester. (How convenient is that). Best believe those notes have come in handy! My desire to become an Entrepreneur has come about, as I have discovered my purpose and passion in this life (helping people with their mind/mental health). As result, I view Entrepreneurship as necessary for me to achieve my aims. I look forward to embarking on this journey of entrepreneurship and I hope to inspire and encourage you guys if you are on a similar journey!! Feel free to comment below what your dreams are!
Entrepreneur: a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.
Entrepreneurship is individual… and therefore it’s important to focus on your personal development (character) as you are the main person in charge.
Don’t get me wrong, ofcourse entrepreneurs can benefit from help and assistance from people, but there’s a certain level of independence they have in order to bring about their specific vision.
Because you are the pioneer of what you are seeking to bring about in your business/field. No matter how great your idea is, you as person, have to represent it and represent it well. E.g. Think about how many phone brands are out there… some of them you’ve probably never heard of! No shade to phone companies but the ones that are well known have a reputation because of the way it’s maker has presented it. So Gass it up!! Whether it be your work/invention/business… by this I mean, make us (the public) excited about it and hype it up. But do this intentionally, because if your truly passionate about what you’re doing it naturally shows. Also, I’ve quickly noticed that being an entrepreneur requires much strategising not just for the present moment but for the future! So consider journalling your entreperneuship journey so you can a keep track of your progress, (what went well and even better if…) and write down your plans for the future! Because essentialy, Entrepreneurship is creating the future.
I believe in God (Jesus) and that He created each person to be unique. And I believe that many entrepreneurs stand out because they have taken the courage to pursue their unique ideas or gifts, talents and innate abilities. Hence why they stand out from the crowd. Not necessarily because they have an entrepreneurship gene. But, because they’ve chosen to birth something new or different and new is always exciting! Entrepreneurship really takes bravery y’all!! So props to you for being courageous enough to simply, just go for it. And listen, even if other people are already doing what you do, you can still add your own twist to it! Their greatness is not the absence of yours. There’s room for you too! Let me give an example of the music industry, there are many singers/rappers doing their thing, but we don’t just listen to one artist, we appreciate the different styles that each one has to offer. So, think outside the box and make your target audience fall in love with your style and keep them involved and anticipating more every time!
As an entrepreneur you have to be ready to defend your ideas. People may ask why? your doing something a certain way, this is because their perspective is different as they don’t yet see the external fruition of your vision that is in your head. These type of questions, shouldn’t make you feel threatened, it’s easy to take questions as undermining, if you’re hoping that everyone will understand the vision straight away. But questions are opportunities to share your vision, to put what you see, into their mind since they can’t yet see it. When this happens be assertive don’t mumble your ideas speak which much zeal and confidence because your enthusiasm sets the tone for your idea!
My advice and encouragment:
If you’re reading this and you’re an entrepreneur or hope to become one… WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER! This world has instilled in many of us, mindsets of hierarchy and competition, making us think that only some of us can make it. I’m telling you greatness is not saturated there is plenty of room for our ideas. God didn’t create half of us to excel and the other half to be mediocre. Let’s make it happen!
Entrepreneurship is form of contribution to this world. Entrepreneurs are world changers, because their work/idea adds something that wasn’t there before, which is change! Let’s not put world changing into a box where it looks one specific way. All of us have world changing within us. It’s all about having the audacity to do it …So, do you have audacity?
Don’t be passive, take full ownership of your goals and go ham! There’s no time to entertain limitations (life is short). Fight them off because you don’t have the time to be saying ‘what if’ this and ‘what if’ that for months before you finally DO IT. The key is to start, be willing to learn, and let mistakes serve you! They only teach you what not do and what to keep on doing.
Entrepreneurship is a journey. With sometimes, not so glamourous behind the scenes. You’re not the only one experiencing blues and loneliness. That’s how it can get here and there, because to an extent you’re doing it solo. But, there are aso many milestones, I urge you to celeberate, celeberate, celebrate!! and celebrate. Us humans are so hard on ourselves, we don’t always take time to be like “wow well done me!” You’ve already come so far, but sometimes we are so after the next succes we don’t savour what we have achieved in the present moment! (I’m guilty of this, hamster wheel mindset, I’m working on it tho.)
Get yourself together and…
then get to work.
Before you pursue entrepreneurship, change your world. Because, let’s be real the way most of us has grown up, we may have negative outlooks about this world or how we fit it into it. You’ve got to change your perspective so that you can maintain a positive outlook every season, because up and downs are forever coming, you cannot let them faze you! Are you guys still with me?
Mean it, whatever it is, do it for the right reasons otherwise you may possibly be doing it for selfish ambition. Remember one of my previous posts “J.Cole The disease of more”. We need to be careful not be driven by the wrong motives!
To do this role effectively you must but effective and to be effective you must be strong! This strength comes from challenges, that’s when we can prove our reslience. So, don’t be intimidated by challenging times, allow them to build your character and resilience, you’re way stronger than you realise. Begin to cut out all that is excessive and derocational stress, in order to be efficient because time is moving. You must deal with things that are bothering you now, so that you can run ahead without those burdens slowing you down or even draining your energy!
Decorational stress: lol, don’t google it, I’m just saying don’t stress about things for the sake of stressing, it’s pointless! Everything always works out.
Take care of yourself! Yes, as in your body, entrepreunship isn’t just for one season, you won’t be at the beginning stage forever. In order to sustain your vision long term, remember to think long term about yourself. Look after you physical wellbeing and your mental wellbeing. Set yourself up to win.
Believe in what you do by yourself – I don’t mean block people out, I mean if even others don’t believe in it, believe for yourself anyway! So that you are unmoved by praise or no praise. Just keep going at it. Do you ever find yourself wondering what x y z think of what you’re doing and if they like it? …Well, you have to come to a place of solitude with your pursuit otherwise there will be that one person in your mind limiting your expression because you care too much what they think. When you birthing vision, you cannot seek others to validate it, as you are it’s parent.
“Some people will not see your vision in seed form deal with it.” – Something I heard at a workshop.
Go the extra mile! I literally mean, be extra, seek out opportunities and make them. Be bold enough to network, don’t wait for the other person to speak to you or discover you! Put yourself on the map! Share your ideas, and keep sharing them, never feel like you’re doing too much, otherwise you’ll start playing small. Take risks, and even if they don’t work out, take more and more.
Lastly, ENJOY IT, FULLY ENJOOOOOY the journey, although this is ‘business’ don’t take it too seriously! Have fun with it and remember to laugh and learn all the time because we are here to have joy on this earth.
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
Thank you so much for reading! I hope it all goes well for you, my fellow Entrepreneurs!
I hope to update you guys on my journey, since I’m only getting started… I would love to hear your advice and learn from you too!