Being an “entrepreneur” is an exciting journey, but also one of the hardest. As we enter this journey for the first time or are seasoned veterans – I find there are a couple of mistakes we always tend to make. Here are some 4 that I have identified in my journey and hope I can save you from some of the lost time, contemplation and pain points.
1. Being afraid to fail
I find that this is one of the biggest mistakes of any entrepreneur is being too timid in the journey. This is a hard road and you have to be willing to take some risks to make any progress. This might mean you fail in the process, but the experience and learning that takes place in those moments are precious. They become a part of your story, your DNA and make you, you. Do not be afraid to fail. Dream big and decide where you want to leap.
2. Underestimating the journey ahead of you
I believe coming into this journey we believe that “instant success” should be granted to us. We see the potential and do not understand why others around us are not moving as quickly as we are. Along with the success not coming as easy as we intended, we also underestimated the journey as a whole. The entrepreneurial life is not the easy road to walk down and most of us that step into this path, I believe, underestimate the journey that we had ahead of us. If that is you, keep persevering, but now, adjust your expectations and be ready for what is still coming ahead of you.
3. Trying to do it alone
This one gets me every time. We are all independent and keep to ourselves and push through when it gets hard, but forget to call on anyone to help us in our moment of need. This is a community and we need to start becoming more of one. Reach out! Do not try to do this alone. If you are just starting – seek a mentor, especially someone who is a couple of years ahead of you and can walk you through some pain points. You can still be strong and courageous in your journey, but know it does not make you any better to try to do it by yourself. Find your tribe. Together, we are only better.
4. Going after the money instead of the freedom
Truth. Do not do this. If you started this journey because you just were looking at the dollar signs then you are in the wrong space. This journey is about passion pursuit. As an entrepreneur – you are going to be spending a lot of time living, breathing, sleeping, dreaming about this idea and company you are working on. If you do not love what you are working on and talking about every day then this is a big problem. The money mind will not get you through the hard moments – the passion mind will. You need to have a rooted why in your story and why you began. Then once you have that, you can push through the hard and find the freedom at the end of the tunnel you are striving for.
Keep up the amazing work out there, entrepreneurs and keep your head high. Know you are not in this alone – we got each other and more importantly, find that passion pursuit that gets you excited in the morning. That is truly what being an entrepreneur is about. Doing what you love and loving what you do.
From one entrepreneur to another – shine bright today and seek joy,