Do you ever notice how entrepreneurship is steadily becoming almost as structured and rigid as a traditional job?
So many becoming less of an unconventional entrepreneur and instead, fitting into the new box.
With more and more “experts” emerging, and
telling teaching us how to be an entrepreneur, it’s no wonder so many people are never fully able to launch their dream.
Their vision has become distorted by all the must have’s and must do’s, to be successful.
Don’t get me wrong, there are good, and even better ways to do things in the realm of entrepreneurship. But, by no means should anyone be telling you what can’t be done when it comes to the vision you have.
Nor should anyone tell you what you must do in order to be successful. Unless of course they are your boss, or write your paycheck.
Entrepreneur = FREEDOM
That means, no matter what you choose to do to create life and financial freedom, the ball is always in your court.
Don’t be a conformed entrepreneur, remain an unconventional entrepreneur.
Stop Listening to Everyone, Listen to the Right One
That would be YOU.
No one sees your vision. No one knows your gifts and strengths as well as you.
Do you know why you have them?
That’s right…to use them!
I am a writer. I love to write.
As an entrepreneur, I use my gift of writing to blog for business, content creation and marketing. It works for me because it is something that comes naturally, and something I thoroughly enjoy.
What is a gift you have that can be used to share your vision and passion?
How often do you hear marketers say you have to do video? You have to do webinars? You have to get on the phone? Or, you have to do (fill in the blank)?
Do those methods work?
Do they work for everyone?
That’s why before you hire a coach, mentor or whatever…you need to look within and decide first and foremost, what makes sense for you. What method of sharing is most comfortable for you?
It’s not about getting out of your comfort zone at this point, it’s about being realistic and identifying your strengths. If I listen to everyone who tells me, “you have to do video”…I wouldn’t be in business and getting the results I get from NOT doing video.
Can I do video?
Of course I can, and I do on a small scale.
However, it is not one of my greater strengths so it is not what I focus on. Our entrepreneur counterparts often push us to step outside of our comfort zone, and we should! But at the same time, we have to be sure of ourselves enough to know how we will most effectively deliver our message to our audience.
As an unconventional entrepreneur, you are the primary decision maker in your business. So many business owners believe they can’t make a move, unless they seek or hire outside advice.
Real entrepreneurs seek counsel from within first.
Stop being so quick to pay for advice or training until after you have determined for yourself, the method for building your own business. That way you can better assess what type of help you need, if any at all.
Coaches, Consultants and Mentors
All great to have but should not be your very first option. Once you know yourself, then you can find someone who specializes in exactly what you need. Yes, they are in business to assist you, but they are also in business to make money as well.
Not all have your best interest at heart, and they can only teach you within the area they are experienced in. Sadly, this is how many entrepreneurs become conformed entrepreneurs because they simply do what is told, instead of applying what makes sense.
As a mentor, I cannot and will not work with everyone. My interest and focus is only on helping women entrepreneurs who want to adopt my methodology for using internet marketing, blogging and systems to grow their business online.
If a potential client expresses interest in learning anything outside of what I teach, I politely decline because I refuse to keep anyone in a box.
To be successful in your business, you have to stand up for what you believe, and develop the discernment of the unconventional entrepreneur. All advice is not necessarily the right advice.
You are an entrepreneur because you are passionate about something, you are a visionary, and you believe in your dreams. There are no rules to it other than the ones you design for yourself.
You are the boss, you don’t have to follow suit!
That’s not what entrepreneurship is about. There are many business owners who have brought the employee mindset, into their business. Then you wonder why so many of these small businesses fail.
Don’t fall into the trap. Nowadays, just about everybody thinks they are an entrepreneur. In reality, most of those individuals have done nothing more than created a job for themselves. (Ouch…did I just say that? Yes, I certainly did.)
Being a business owner, whether offline or online…does not necessarily equate to being an entrepreneur.
There is nothing wrong with being a business owner, by no means am I saying that.
What I am suggesting is that the sooner you can confidently identify and embrace your personal gifts and abilities, the easier it will be for you to become a successful, and unconventional entrepreneur.
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