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