5 important lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur

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5 important lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur

As I begin a new quarter, I can't help but reflect on the last few years. Reflection for me is important in order to measure my growth and areas I may have fallen short. So today, I find myself reflecting on some lessons I have learned these past 5.5 years as an entrepreneur. 

Here are my top 5!

1. Show Up:

This to me is the first and most important lesson so far. Show up and continue to show up. You can't show up today and take off tomorrow and expect results. No you show up every damn day and give it your all. If you do this, results will come. Something has to happen. Be patient! It wont happen overnight but if you show up every day and give it your all, you will see results.

2. Knowledge is power:

Just because you are successful doesn't mean you are done learning. Continue to educate yourself. I spend hours each week reading about business. I learn something new everyday. I continue to push my self to elevate my brand and craft. I once heard a quote that stated " if you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room" . Isn't that so true? Think about it. Surround yourself with people you can learn from everyday.

3. Hold on to your "why":

Every and and then, you may get frustrated and you may feel like giving up. Hold on to the reason you started your business and never let that go. That will continue to encourage and mould you. Also, celebrate the little victories. We want the big wins, but what about the little ones?  

4. You cannot cater to everyone:

When first started my business, I sad yes to everyone and everything. As much as it kept me busy and nearly killed me (just kidding),  It wasn't good for me. I knew I had to find my target audience and cater to a particular niche.  I learned that I can't cater to everyone. Take Saks and Neiman Marcus as an example. They have a carved out niche and market to them. Once I defined who I was a a business and brand, I was able to speak the right language to that audience, market to them and confidently charge what I am worth.

5. Go where you are celebrated:

About a year ago, I received the BEST advice. A very wise person sent a quote to me that said "Go where you are celebrated! Not tolerated". That hit home more than any advice I have ever been given. Don't waste your time and invest in places or people that do not appreciate you. Instead, put your effort in the places and people that do. It's just that simple. 

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I would love to hear your top life lessons. Please leave a comment.

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