1. Taking EVERYONE’s advice
Be very selective of who you take advice from especially when it comes to business. People who are entrepreneurs think totally different from those who aren’t. It’s nothing wrong with talking to someone who didn’t choose entrepreneurship however don’t expect them to understand your business dilemmas. Be very selective of the people you choose to confide in because some people will take what you tell them and use it to their advantage. Also, you want to make sure the person you are taking advice from is credible. It’s also great to accept advice from someone you trust and has been through something similar as you.
2. Making excuses: Stop talking…
Have you ever met someone who says they are going to do something over and over again but they never do? I’m pretty sure you do, we all know someone like that. Sometimes people spend so much time talking that they never get around to doing what they talked about. A lot of people spend most of their time on social media talking about what they are going to do but you never see it done, don’t let this person be you. Here is a secret; people remember what you say and they remember what you post so always keep your word. You don’t want to lose the trust of your following and target audience. Here are some quick tips to help you execute what you say and think.
- Create a to do list
- Find one person you can trust to talk to about your ideas and obtain their feedback
- Write down your goal and dissect it to ensure it is a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) goal
Moral of the story is…stop talking and start doing.
3. Comparing yourself to others
If you don’t stop anything else on this list, please stop this. Comparing yourself to other people can be so detrimental to your wellbeing. I know some of you are thinking “I’ve never compared myself to anyone”. But let’s be real here, at some point we have all had thoughts of comparison that sound something like this:
- I wish I was a full time entrepreneur like them
- Why can’t my business be like theirs?
- I wish I could do this like them
- How is their business booming like that?
- Why can’t I do that?
We’ve all had thoughts similar to those, and that’s OK…however we shouldn’t dwell in them. A few years ago, I was in church and a guest Pastor said these words “stop comparing yourself to people, you have no idea what that person had to go through to get to where they are.” This is very true. Some of the people you idolize and compare yourself to have been through some things that you may not be willing to go through to get to where they are in life.
That person that you’re looking at saying “I wish my business was like that” you have no clue how much time they sacrificed, how much of their social life they sacrificed, how much money they invested, how much sleep they lost, how many years they’ve been in business, how may failures they encountered, etc.
Not only do you not know what that person went through but sometimes we idolize and compare ourselves to the perception of what we think people have. From the outside looking in we may think “I wish my business was like that” but we have no idea that the business we want to be like is actually struggling to make ends meet. Don’t get caught up in what something looks like because like they say…the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Keep being AWESOME! Follow your dreams…not someone else’s.
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