Entrepreneurship is about running a business (or businesses), but what does that look like? More importantly, what does a successful entrepreneur look like? Many may jump to imagining a bustling New York City business person or a traveling CEO changing lives around the world. We see jets, beaches, cars, black tie events. We see the excitement and the perks of building your empire.
While entrepreneurship can take this form, know that this is not usually the reality, especially in the beginning. For a new entrepreneur, these assumptions about what their lives and workday should look like is very detrimental, especially for future generations, and lead quickly to burnout.
Slow & Steady
Now don’t get me wrong, having aspirations of success is not a bad thing at all and is highly encouraged. However, when you have a warped perception of what being your own boss truly entails, you then have a warped perception of what your own path to success should look like.
How do you change this?
Focus on the small!
By taking the time to break down your ultimate goals in to smaller steps, you halt the overwhelm and can focus on what feels more manageable. This may seem like a no-brainer — we have all been told to take it one step at a time at one time or another. But most don’t actually put into practice an awareness of how each day is helping you in the bigger picture.
Of course, we like to emphasize the endgame. That’s where we all want to fast forward to! But patience young grasshopper; everything good takes time.
Dance To Your Own Drum
So now you are still left wondering “what should this day-to-day work consist of?”
Sadly I don’t have an answer for you, because there is no right answer.
When you take on the responsibility of being your own boss, you have unlimited freedom and no one to tell you what to do (which is why many of us became entrepreneurs). It may seem a little scary to have all that power, so naturally we look to others. Ultimately, it’s about finding a system that works for you. Plenty of entrepreneurs will tell you their foolproof “secret to success”, and while exploring those productivity tips can be super helpful, no one can truly tell you what will work best for you.
Not to mention, relying on others to tell you how or where you should be can result in comparisonitis and self-doubt. There is no “right time” in your business journey. We all have our own unique tactics, skill sets, paces, and experiences. Don’t let others tell you you’re behind. You’re right where you need to be.
Embrace the Big and Small
Bottom line, entrepreneurship isn’t always sexy, and the sooner you realize and embrace the mundane will you be able to really evolve. Every business experiences minutia like waiting on hold, sending emails, and making reservations. This will never go away, so let’s embrace it!
See how I tackle my day and “dance to my own drum” below! 🙂