I get to work with a lot of amazing entrepreneurs. Along with the massive creativity, killer work ethic and brilliance, I see their frustration, fear of failure and self-doubt. I mean heck, they may be super visionary business brainiacs but they're also human.
Here are a few tips for you entrepreneurs who may be feeling a little rattled or embattled just now:
Stop comparing yourself to anyone else. The media tells us that overnight success is possible. I doubt there has actually ever been such a thing. Comparison erodes our peace. It is also the death of creativity. As an entrepreneur you are working to create something that is completely unique - that means you and your creations are incomparable!
Get specific about how you define success. Real success is not just about how big your company is, or how much money it's producing. If you're a social entrepreneur, real success is about creating a business that does good in our world. It's also about building a life that allows you to grow and improve as a human being.
Recognize when you need professional help. I'm not talking about psychotherapy (though that might be in order)! What I mean is that as entrepreneurs we wind up wearing a million hats and juggling all sorts of jobs. Sometimes in order to take our businesses to the next level we have to bring in some help to take some of those tasks off our plate. There comes a point when it becomes very important for us to shed some things so that we can focus more on our unique strengths, passions and genius.
I'll wrap with a couple of my favorite entrepreneurial quotes:
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein, physicist.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison, inventor.
And finally from Mark Twain, "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."
3EStrategies would be more than happy to help you put a little more mojo (and peace) into your entrepreneurial pursuits.