When you think about being an entrepreneur, learning about how to run a business and sell is what comes to mind. I think that the real learning and growing comes from how being an entrepreneur challenges you internally. Sometimes, as business owners, we are what's holding us back. In order to reach success, we must change.
Being any type of entrepreneur is going to change your life, from work hours to how you motivate yourself. Those are the easy lessons. The longer you're in business and the more success you have, the more change comes.
2014 has been a year of change for me personally, I am breaking through my boundaries and enjoying it. I am having to become a different, stronger person and I actually love it. Normally, I come from a place of wanting to make everyone happy and to get where I want to go that has to change. I've had to be assertive and sometimes politely confrontational. This isn't my nature but it's empowering. It's like my business sees my weaknesses and wants me to be stronger. The benefit in doing that is my business will also be stronger. I never thought change was going to feel so good.
Impossible Becomes Possible
Starting a business or running it for that matter, makes you realize the limits of what you think is impossible, really isn't. I can't count how many times I've thought, 'I don't know how I'll get through this', and yet I somehow make it through. Each week that I think is impossible, still goes by. More things become possible and I can handle more than I thought before.
Being an entrepreneur constantly pushes your mentality and thinking. You begin to think bigger and do bigger things. Go and do! Accomplish the impossible.
Business is not Personal
One of the first lessons I've learned is that I can't take business personally. When doing business with others, there are many times that things happen that you could take as a personal critique. Separating that is necessary to survive but also helpful in other aspects and relationships in life. When people are talking about your business, they're not talking about you even though, to you, it may feel like it.
So take a deep breath and remember, it's business. Create a response and thinking that accomplishes your business goals without compromising relationships. This doesn't mean you can't stand up for yourself because you should, in a professional way.
I could go on and on about the lessons I've learned and how I've become a better person having run and started my own companies. These are three of the most important lessons.
What are lessons that you've learned as an entrepreneur? Comment and let me know!
I'm a serial entrepreneur based in Phoenix, with a variety of small businesses. Want to hear more of my experiences? Connect with me on Linkedin and follow me on Twitter, @KyleClaytonGore.
Originally Posted On LinkedIn By: Kyle Clayton
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