Do You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur?

I recently told you that I’ll be changing the theme and direction of Miraculous Ladies. I’m a little behind because I’ve been working on my copywriting business. But I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So, I’m sharing some inspiration about being an entrepreneur. 

The entrepreneur’s journey is not easy. You’ll face challenges. Especially during the early days. There’ll be ups and downs as you set yourself up in business. You’ll have days when doubts will try to dominate your mind. Questions of uncertainty will fly through your head. And the fear of the unknown will make you want to pack it in. 

But hold on! Don’t give up before you even start. This article is not meant to scare you. But, to prepare you. Nothing good in life comes easily. And the most successful people are the ones who persevere, work hard and stay focused.

Other women who made it despite the challenges inspire me. I’ve listed three of them below. They were successful because they didn’t give up. They used problems as stepping-stones to achieve greatness. I hope you’ll learn from their story and go for your dreams.

An entrepreneur doesn’t give up when the going gets tough

  • Oprah Winfrey grew up in Milwaukee. Sadly, she was abused by family members when she was young. She ran away from her home. At 14 she had a baby boy. But he died. Her troubled past didn’t hold her back. She is now one of the most successful  women entrepreneur. And also one of the richest. She’s worth $2.9 billion.
  • Mary Kay Ash was determined to change her life after bad experiences in the workplace. The company she worked for didn’t recognise her hard work. Instead, they promoted the men she trained.  She was a woman of substance with an entrepreneur mindset. In 1963, at 45, Mary Kay created her skincare and beauty business with $5000. She opened a store in Dallas with nine employees. The company grew globally. She sold nearly $1 million products in the second year of trading. Mary Kay Cosmetics continue to thrive. Women of all ages and colour loves her products.
  •  Helen Keller wasn’t an entrepreneur. But her story is worth sharing. She was born in 1880. Tragically, at 19 months she caught a fever. That illness robbed her of her sight and hearing. She had an excellent tutor who helped develop her literacy skills. She didn’t speak until she was 10. At 20 she went to Radcliffe College and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree four years later. After graduation, she travelled the world to raise awareness of blindness and help the deaf. She won many honors, including The Lion’s Humanitarian Award. Despite her blindness, she wrote many books and articles. Helen Keller was an amazing woman.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Sara Blakely Entrepreneur Picture Quote For Success

 “People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.” ~ Michelle Zatly, Co-founder of SoundFlare

Martha Stewart Entrepreneur Picture Quote For Success

 “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire

Anita Roddick Entrepreneur Picture Quote For Success

 

I would like to share an article from a newsletter I’m subscribed to, One Hand Can’t Clap

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset – Janis Pettit

“You’ve probably heard people talk about the importance of working on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, right? The truth is that all the knowledge in the world won’t pay off if your thinking and beliefs are not aligned with your vision.I have seen this situation unfold more times than I can count where thoughts and vision are not aligned.

 
People say one thing and do the opposite and each time I see the same problem keeping people stuck, keeping them invisible, unable to charge for their services and transform situations with their God given talents.It’s not easy to hear, but the truth is that often people just don’t love themselves enough. They don’t believe that they too can join the seemingly exclusive success club and be seen as an influencer who transforms others.
 
The problem is this—if you don’t believe in yourself, why would someone else believe you could really get them great results?Developing an entrepreneurial mindset takes courage and resilience. The good news is these are all qualities and skills that can be learned. 
 
When you are filled with self-love, self-acceptance and self-confidence anything is possible. Starting up your own business is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things you can do and it can make you extremely rich. To succeed against the odds learn from people who have already succeeded.Final thoughts……..
 
Always remember in your effort to succeed there won’t be a day in your life that won’t require dedication, discipline, perseverance and personal integrity regarding your performance. So my friend you might as well discover your best work operating with great relationships to help you meet your next challenge with confidence and without compromise.”

In conclusion, with the right mindset you can do anything you want to. The only limitations are in your mind. So, let’s run the good race towards our  dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Are you ready to jump in the boat and start your entrepreneurial journey? Or have you started already? Please share your comments to encourage others.

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Author: June Whittle

I'm based in London, UK. I’m a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and ghostwriter. I’m the founder, owner and main writer of Miraculous Ladies. The definition of miraculous is ‘remarkable and bringing very welcome consequences.” You are a remarkable woman. Is fear stopping you from going after your dreams? I didn’t let fear stop me from chasing my dream. I quit my (safe) teaching job in return for a life of self employment as a freelance copywriter and blogger. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

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    • Thanks Bobbie and it’s good to see you here.

      I’ve recently started my business as a freelance copywriter and it’s not been easy. But anything that comes too easily won’t last. It’s only when you put in the effort and keep on despite the battles that you’ll appreciate what you create. Hard work is always worth the sweat and blood that goes into whatever it is that we’re striving for.

      My goal is to help other women as they aspire to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams. Together, we can make it. :-)

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  1. Dear June,

    I will simply say, A great post by a great friend. Lets be and stay inspired and lets push or pull until we get there. I am braving to becoming one in a couple of years and am glad to read such posts.

    You somehow always happen to be around the corner as I leap or plan to. I will never forget reading a post of yours the very next day I plunged into blogging. You sure may not know how that has kept me going.

    You see, I am developing myself to start my own business in a few years time because it’s not blogging this time around so I better take off real right. I am already working on the foundations. Networking as far as possible, reading and listening to all sorts of materials from great people like Les Brown and Lisa Nichols just to name these few. I am closely following the likes of you and Jeff Moore and others, and will soon take on a life coach too.

    As for real ground work, I have created a new facebook account and page and twitter account too, which I am still nurturing daily and not opening up yet. Well, on twitter, I already have 14 followers and that’s great. I have set up a new blog but that too isn’t even creeping yet.

    Thank you for this post and all the inspirational examples in there. I know I have Courage and resilience but sure I need much more. One hand can’t clap for sure so am building ‘several hands’ so together we make noise. hahaha. All the best in your business and I envy your layouts but will be coming personally for mine next month. :)
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    • Dear Marie,

      Wow! Thanks for this wonderful long comment. My dear, you’re a great friend as well. If we continue to push we will definitely get there.

      I’m pleased to hear that I’ve inspired you and I’ll continue to do so, by the grace of God. I know how important it is to have people we can lean on for support and guidance.

      You’re on the right track in terms of preparing the groundwork for your potential business. That’s great. A good solid foundation will make it’s strong. I know how committed you are and I’m sure you’ll work hard to make things works for you. Well done for reading, networking and thinking of taking on a life coach. That will surely help you.

      I didn’t know you had created a new Twitter, Facebook and blog? Please let me have the links so I can follow you.

      Yes, one hand can’t clap. But together lots of hands will make some noise. Not just empty noise. Positive noise that will make an impact and change lives. :-) I’m waiting to see you next month and your layout is just as good. :-)

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  2. I agree June, great motivating post. I think at times we need to be reminded of who came before us and they were just like all of us who had a vision.

    I know for a fact that if you don’t have the right mindset then everything won’t fall into place. We can all have a vision of what we want but the belief that we can do it along with a plan for that vision all have to come together.

    I would hate to see anyone give up on their dreams. I would hope that they could find the inspiration or the knowledge that will help them continue to move forward. I’m sure that your upcoming posts will be of great help as well.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Thanks Adrienne. You’re right and we should look to others who’ve been there and learn from them.

      Someone quoted, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’ and that makes a lot of sense. Planning and a positive mindset will help us achieve our goals. Otherwise, you’ll wander aimlessly.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’m glad that I know supportive people like you. Your encouragement will help me as I aim to help others.

      Have a good week ahead. :-)

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  3. Hi June,

    That was a lovely inspiring post that must’ve motivated many of us reading it :)

    Yes, you mentioned some awesome ladies and they all made it through the tough times. Perhaps that’s why they say tough times don’t last, tough people do, and I do believe in that as well. They were determined, focused, and had the will to achieve, which made things happen.

    I think inspiration is all around us, even in the smallest of things. We just need eyes to see it and a will to go ahead and do it – and things happen, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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    • Hi Harleena,

      Thank you! I hope it did inspire those who read it. :-)

      I like that, ‘tough times don’t last, though tough people do!’ I definitely agree with that. And I’d say we’re tough ladies. We’ve been through a lot and came through. Not only that, I believe we’re here to motivate others. Without determination and focus, we won’t get very far.

      Yes, inspiration is all around us. Just waking up in the morning is an inspiration in itself. We should be grateful for life and use our talents and gifts to the best of our abilities. I also think supporting and encouraging each other is important.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend. :-)

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