A lot has happened within these last few months. Instead of my usual #WellnessWednesday theme, today’s post is about what’s on my heart as of late regarding business and entrepreneurship.
Not long ago, I wrote a blog post that was very difficult to put out for the world to see. I talked about how to know when it’s time to quit your business.
A month later, I feel slightly different about my said business.
Maybe it’s because of everything that’s happened to me and what I’ve learned since I’ve closed part of that chapter of my business. More on that later.
Today, let’s talk about the behind-the-scenes life of an entrepreneur.
And I’m going to be blunt with you too.Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being an entrepreneur with people involved is even harder. Click To Tweet
Being an entrepreneur with people involved is a lot like group work in school.
I mean, I was always the kind of student who hated group work in school. You’ll have one or two who are reliable and the rest? One will show up for a week and disappear the rest of the semester and the others? You question why they even signed up for the class in the first place. Am I right or am I right?
You’ll have the dedicated ones. You’ll have ones who don’t show up. And most definitely, you’ll have ones who don’t do the work, but want to take the credit.
If you have a team of people, listen to me closely to these three truths:
People will quit on you.
Yep. It’s inevitable. Life-changing events happen suddenly. Change of heart sometimes occurs. Passion dies. Better opportunities present themselves. Just know that when you’re an entrepreneur and people are involved, people will sometimes quit on you. Yes, even your leaders.
If they leave to go somewhere else, stop and think before you follow them.
If your business partners or clients leave you to go somewhere else, chances are, they’ll try to take you with them. I implore you to stop and think before saying yes. Absolutely take a look at what they’re proposing to you. However, take some time to a look at where you are at in life too. Ask them to give you time to carefully about it. Then, hash it all out. Look at the pros and cons for the present and the future. Shoot holes through it all. If you come up with a no, tell them no. You don’t have to defend your answer either because in the end, the answer you choose affects your life more than it does the other person.
Always follow your heart no matter what the popular opinion is.
I can’t tell you enough to follow yourself rather than the crowd. Yeah, sometimes the other side can look shiny and pretty, but it may mean that the other side is meant for other people, not you. When you get to the point where you know what your heart is saying, don’t ignore or fight it. Follow your heart. Use your brain to think, but follow your heart.
Building a business has its fun parts and its ups. And let me tell you, it’s definitely lonely, also has its not-so-fun times and a lot more downs than you think. However, when you follow your heart, no matter what happens, you’ll end up having more fun than you think because you’ll find that your dreams is worth the fight.
Honestly, when it comes to business (or life decisions for that matter), follow your heart. Along the journey, be yourself, hustle and work hard. My bestie, Sarah said this just today, actually, “Success comes when you relax and be yourself.”
Isn’t that the truth?
How do you feel about today’s business tips?
Are there any rules you have set in place when building a business solo or with a team of people? Leave me a comment below and let me know of your own experiences!