The Grind! A Necessary Component to Entrepreneurship.
What is "Grinding" to you? To me, it's the constant putting one-foot in front of the other; the consistency of speaking your truth and purpose; the consistency of asking for what you want; the constant hard-working ethics to drive results; the constant willingness to keep moving forward no matter how many doors are shut and "NO's" uttered.
Entrepreneurship has not allows been accepted as a lucrative or even possible profession where one could create stability and security. Simply, to be an "entrepreneur" has garnered a sexy connotation, but many who dare to step into the world of entrepreneurism are ill-prepared for the grunt work and the amount of grind necessary for success.
Becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart or the thin-skinned. You will run into people who will not help you, or that will intentionally redirect you down an unsuccessful road simply to avoid sharing their information with you. When that happens, one has to have thick skin - not internalizing the rejection - and keep it moving towards the ultimate goal.
If you are current or aspiring entrepreneur and trying to figure things out, here's a few tips to help you:
1. Always be prepared to speak about your work. What are you are doing, trying to do or want to do? The most annoying thing is trying to connect with someone but having no idea on how I can support them. If you are unsure about what you want, you're already presenting yourself as unprepared, irresponsible and untrustworthy.
2. There's no substitution for hard work! No matter the industry, you may have to engage in deep discovery and extreme substantive work to build your name, your brand, and your services. Whatever it is, do not shy away from it. Welcome it and grind it out.
3. Set realistic goals and plan. Most people cannot achieve the success they dream of because they have set very high and unrealistic goals and/or never set out a plan on how they will achieve such goals. Don't get me wrong, it's great to dream big. But failing to properly plan will inevitably throw you off course, create massive confusion, and set the clock backwards on your timeline to achieve certain results.
Therefore, if you want to be your own boss - an entrepreneur - go for it. Just know that it requires longer hours and more work than your current nine to five. Although rewarding, there's no substitution for the grind. Grinding will always be a necessary component to entrepreneurship and you will always have to implement and change the grind-mode to assist you in driving results at each level of success.
Here at SLD, we assist entrepreneurs in setting proper foundations and plans to create the success they desire.
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