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Are You Cut Out to be an Entrepreneur?


Kimberly Chamiok

Entrepreneur| Podcaster | Director, Business Development and Marketing  at The COMO Group | Published on LinkedIn

Being an entrepreneur is a really tough job. Long hours, stressful timelines, everything on the line. It is not for the weak of heart. You truly must have the passion and commitment to make it work. You have to believe even when there is nothing to believe in. Some people think being an entreprepreneur is working independently, vacationing around the world, sipping margaritas on the beach, but soon face the reality of 70 hour work weeks, sacrificed vacation time with family, and the focus and attention it takes to run and grow a fully functioning business. 

Successful entrepreneurship is not impossible. People do it all the time but what separates the successful entrepreneur from all the others?

You have to start. 

Choose today to try and if you fail, try again. Transform yourself. Set your goals. Choose success even in the face of failure. You will find success in trying and if you fall, get up, and try it again. In the moment failure always hurts but when you end up succeeding, failure is always a lesson learned and ultimately helps pave the way for success. 

Sometimes fear can be the biggest thing holding you back from success. Accept that failing is inevitable. Mistakes will happen. Learn and do better next time.

Don’t be afraid of failing. Be afraid of not trying. 

Believe in yourself. 

I am a firm believer in the idea that we manifest the things we think about and say into reality. If I say I can’t do something. I probably won’t. Not because I am not capable but because I don’t believe in myself so I probably wouldn’t really try while doing it. Sometimes, we humans can see how difficult something can be and decide before we even give it a shot that we can’t do it. This can apply to all areas of our lives but I find it especially applicable in the professional world.

Know how to Act.

You need to act on your ideas and trust your instinct. Poorly executed ideas are worth nothing. Successful entrepreneurs act, even if they don’t quite know what to do. They just DO! Write a solid business plan, get a partner, prioritize your work and plan out your days. Don’t waste your time. You work for you now. 

Be okay with uncertainty and willing to take risks. Great entrepreneurs prepare for the unknowns. The best entrepreneurs know how to fly by the seat of their pants, prepare for challenges and are always ready to pivot. They also know how to minimize risk and calculate if it's worth taking. 

Anyone can be an entrepreneur. You just have to go for it. 

Check out Millennial Leadership, a miniseries I co-host with Jacob Guidry on The COMO Factor Podcast. 

Check out The F Place written by Christine Strobush and Sonal Trivedi.  You will uncover leadership lessons through creative storytelling utilizing characters that both enhance and disrupt their teams.

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