I’ve decided to do something different. Something that takes me out of my comfort zone a little. These are my confessions (singing away….okay, just thought of Usher there for a minute) of an imperfect entrepreneur.
First let me say, there isn’t a perfect entrepreneur out there. There just isn’t. We’re all imperfect. If you thought there was, I’m sorry to rain on that parade. Starting and running a business is crazy and hard work. Here is my story.
These past few weeks have taken me on a different kind of journey. One that I didn’t expect. I believe that I am on a journey of self-discovery. This is not my first time going through something like this in my business or life, but it’s far more intense and frustrating than before which leaves me with more unanswered questions.
My first rule of business is do what is right for you.
Whatever you decide to do should be something that you’re passionate about.
So, I continued to read, learn, study, create (as best as I could anyway), make connections. I called myself building something that I believed I wanted and that I could do. Excitement was building as I believed that I finally had found the right thing. Then poof! It was gone; the excitement, the passion, the joy. I started working my business out of desperation to make it work. The Imperfect Entrepreneur was born, which by the way brings me to my rule number two: if your heart isn’t in it, you won’t be either. It’s only a matter of time before you self destruct. Whatever you decide to do should be something that you’re passionate about. Something that makes you jump for joy in the morning. Something that when you do it, doesn’t feel like work. Find out what YOU are passionate about. Don’t let someone else tell you what you should be passionate about.
Honor where you are.
Finally, I was forced to drop my business for awhile. Not by choice. I had an accident in which I suffered a head injury. I had daily headaches in which the pain ranged from moderate to severe. This lasted for about six to seven months. My life was turned upside down with this, but by the grace of God, I made it through. Additionally, while all that was happening, I was still working my part-time job and being a mom. That was not easy. Praise God I have an awesome kid. I struggled with remembering things – and still do at times – and that added to my already growing frustration. I couldn’t resume my business; at least not at that time. Here’s my rule number three: Honor where you are. It’s not easy being where you are especially when you are so eager to move forward and do what you want to do. The journey of an entrepreneur is just that…a journey. Yes, you will get frustrated. You will want to quit (what number of wanting to quit is this now for me). You will want to cry. I have shed so many tears out of frustration among other things that at first I thought I was a big cry baby. Then I really understood about honoring where you are in the process. Everyone handles struggles differently. Regardless of that, take your time. Be patient, especially with yourself. Document where you are so you can one day see how far you have come.
Want to know what happens next? Stay tuned for my next installment of….
Confessions of an Imperfect Entrepreneur.
Until next time….