You are passionate, driven and bursting at the seams with new ideas that are sure to change the world. Your creativity is unmatched, and you owe it to yourself to share your passion with anyone who will listen. You have what others can only dream of, and now is your time to make your dreams a reality. Trusting your gut and taking the steps to put yourself out there can be wildly intimidating, but we’re here to support and motivate you! We’ve compiled a list of how to be fearless in business, featuring quotes some of the most influential women in business.
Believing in Yourself
The life of an entrepreneur is thrilling, insanely rewarding, and incredibly challenging. You will experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. During these times, you owe it to yourself to keep forging your own path, never losing sight of your goals and holding on tight to what you set out to achieve. Author, blogger and motivational speaker, Rachel Hollis says it best: “I am successful because I have never once believed my dreams were someone else’s to manage. That’s the incredible part about your dreams. Nobody gets to tell you how big they can be.”
Learn Something New
The best entrepreneurs are adaptable, accepting of change, and can roll with the punches without skipping a beat. Whether you choose to listen to a new podcast, read an inspirational book, or attend a conference lead by a motivational speaker, never lose the desire to learn something new about yourself or your business. Your willingness to learn through every interaction shows that you’re eager to evolve, grow and better yourself. Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM has some solid advice – “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
Be Uncomfortable Every Day
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out on this one. Being uncomfortable is awkward. But let’s talk about the things that being uncomfortable can do for you – it challenges you to break your routine and step out of your comfort zone. It forces you to do something new, and learn something about yourself that you had not previously had the opportunity to tap in to. It motivates you to evolve your perspective and lead a better life. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx gets it: “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” She later goes on to say “I did not have the most experience in the industry or the most money, but I cared the most”. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Don’t Give Up On Yourself
As an entrepreneur, you know that business will forever ebb and flow. There will be indescribable roadblocks and obstacles to navigate, challenging moments of doubt, and fear of failure. Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran was once quoted “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” In times such as that, the most important thing you can do as a business owner is never give up on yourself. If something doesn’t go as planned, learn from it so you know what not to do in the future. Take time for yourself, hone in on your mission, and remember why you started. The #Girlboss herself, Sophia Amoruso said it herself “If you believe in what you’re doing will have positive results, it will – even if it’s not immediately obvious.”
You are passionate, driven and you will be successful. Believe in yourself, never stop learning, be uncomfortable, and never give up on yourself. We are rooting for you, and we can’t wait to watch you change the world. “Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” – Meg Whitman, Former President & CEO HP.