Ever hear that rule that it takes 3 to 5 years to get a new business off the ground? I was confident that my kick-ass experience, confidence and marketing skills made me immune to it. At least, that’s what I thought at the start of my journey. The truth is, becoming a successful entrepreneur has been one of the hardest and most challenging things I’ve ever done. And trust me, I’ve done a lot of challenging things in my years. I understand now why more than 90% of new businesses fail and why so many entrepreneurs give up. I believe my business experience helped me immensely, but I see now that it was only part of what I needed.
Okay, so I promised you some advice, didn’t I? Straight up, here it is. The most important thing you need to know about entrepreneurship is that it’s an accelerated form of personal development. Your mindset and beliefs are the subconscious blueprint that determine your success. The bottom line? The growth of your business depends on the growth of YOU. It’s not rocket science, but I still see a lot of entrepreneurs focus solely on factors outside of themselves to grow their business.
I know now that everything on my path has played a role in where I am today. If I had made millions in year one, I wouldn’t understand how to help others. I faced my fear of public speaking, learned how to be comfortable being seen and heard, and perhaps scariest of all I learned vulnerability. My business called me forth to grow, and once I started to incorporate my spiritual principles into my business and focused on my personal growth, it really started to take off.