Let me totally honest--being an entrepreneur is hard.
There's nothing like the thrill of having a dream, a passion that becomes your life's work and feeling the fire in your belly to pursue it no matter what. But for a person like me, skepticism can become an unwelcome companion and as much as I'm constantly pushing forward, it's always there in the back of my mind asking:
Is my work good enough? Does my work matter? Am I enough?
This is a lonely road, ladies & gents.
I have friends and family here to support me & cheer me on, but most of the heavy lifting has to be done on my own...and you have to have balls of steel to get in this game. I like to say that entrepreneurship consists of a lot of faith work, leg work, and unfortunately, sometimes no work, but these are the lessons that build strength, determination, and a drive to succeed. Above all, I know that I have to believe in myself first before I can expect others to do the same. And I don't just mean believing in your person, but I also mean your message, the quality of your work, your values. The strongest professional networks, best life coaches, and most meticulous organizational abilities can't make up for the fact that no one can really get on my team if I don't first get on my own team. If you go at it long enough and approach your business as a Pro (and not an Amateur), entrepreneurship will bring some stuff out of you that you did not know was there...and some of that stuff is downright ugly.
Irrational fears. Insecurities. Jealousies. Ego Trips.
Yup, I've been dealing with them all. Still, this is a road I wouldn't trade for anything.
Before you take pride in being the one who others count on, know, trust & believe that you can count on yourself.
postscript: I'm a Wisegal! Check out the feature my friend & fellow Spelman sister wrote on her blog, Haute Mama. Thank you, Makia!!
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**oh, and I left "love" out of the word mix but it's very important on this path. there would be nothing without love.