Entrepreneurial Mindset

On today’s video, I make reference to a two year old magazine article that I consider timeless.  What it takes to be an entrepreneur, at it’s core, is a set of skills and traits that will not change much over time.  This particular list of 12 signs that you have what it takes from Startups magazine hit it pretty well.

I’m only going to touch on five and I hope that you check the article out to see if you possess any of these.

  1.  You are scared – much as I admitted on the video below, I was terrified, I am still.  You don’t want to fail, or go bankrupt.  You know most of your friends will stop talking to you, the money will be scarce, you are not going to be an overnight success and yet, you still want to do it. You are on the right track.
  2. ) You don’t ask for permission: like the saying goes, you ask for forgiveness.  I am guilty of this.  It has to do with reacting quickly to what happens.
  3. You are fearless – how can you be scared and fearless at the same time? Optimism.  I am the eternal optimist.  As the bill collectors start calling and the phone dies and you sell everything you own, hold on to that little part of you that knows that everything is going to work out.
  4. You consider yourself an outsider:  I was a tomboy, a nerd, biracial (yes, there is such a thing in Puerto Rico).  Now that I live in Florida I am not from here, I am Hispanic, Plus sized and a woman.  So many labels just to say that I am different.  Am I really?  Does it matter?  No, use it as motivation.
  5. You recover quickly – the last three years have been crazy. I keep getting up even though sometimes faith escapes me.  My answer to that is, what else can I do?  Might as well get back up and do what I can.

There you have it.  And now for the video.  What do you think your signs, skills or talents are that make you entrepreneurial?  Leave your comment below and thanks for watching.

 

 

 

Overwhelm is a Thing

When I started this journey, I promised I would keep it honest.  I told you I would teach you everything I learned.  I decided I wanted to document this journey as it happened.  Today, I noticed I hit a wall.  It is called overwhelm and overwhelm is a thing.

It starts slowly.  You start doubting one or two decisions you make.  You procrastinate.  Life gets in the way and before you know it, your desk is full of mail, your brain is in a fog and you have not done one income producing activity.

This is where businesses fail.  We are all so excited to break out on our own and get something we can call our own.  We get into the little things, like whether my desk is facing the door or am I getting enough sunlight.  You order your business cards and when you get them you don’t feel as excited about the tagline as you were when you conceived it.

Wake up.  It is not about you.  Ironically, the most self obsessed thing you have ever done (going into business by yourself), if done correctly, is the most giving thing you can ever do.  You went into business to solve a problem for other people, not for yourself.  Stop for a minute, take a breath and figure out where you are.

As always, I will use myself as an example.  I ordered the business cards.  I started a campaign… I ordered a magnet for my car.  I came up with a pretty tagline.  I started a campaign on Fiverrr to get my logo designed.  Then I realized that I am the person who runs all the bills in the house, I am the POA for someone else and I have all these other things that I need to do.  As I am writing this, I have so many things on my desk I am shocked that I can write this without straining my arms too much.  There’s even a bunny from Easter staring at me at this moment, wondering where he went wrong (stuffed toy not breathing real one).

So now what?  There are several things I can tell you to do because it is usually easier to help other people than to figure things out for ourselves.  Instead, I am going to tell you what I am going to do.

I am taking the day off from social media for the most part.  I do have to film a video and I am going to post this blog.  I am also going to post the link on social media.  Once I do that now, I am going to close the door to my office and move to the living room, where I will proceed to get a legal pad and do a massive brain dump.  I plan to write down all the courses I invested in, all the social media platforms, all the topics I want to write about, the essays for the book and the other things I have to take care off this week, whether they are business related or not.

I am going to take my happy planner and organize my week so I can get everything done without killing myself.  Then, I am going to start removing things from my desk and I am going to finish organizing my office.

I know that you are thinking that I am not making any income producing activities and you would be correct.  Here’s the thing.  If I take one day to take care of all of this then I don’t have to spend hours in between and feel like I am not getting anything done.  Besides, chances are that if I finish before gym at 6:30 PM, I might be able to post a couple of items for sale or do a presentation,

How do you deal with overwhelm?  Any suggestions you may have, leave them in the comments section below.

PS. Although it is the same topic, I don’t do a verbatim on the video. You can check it out below.