The Truth About Entrepreneurship

Are you ready to know the truth about entrepreneurship? Compromises, discipline, self-leadership, finding a work-life balance, the fear of getting it wrong and fitting in work where and when you can. With determination and courageous, consistent action, you can go far as an entrepreneur. 

This post will share the truth about entrepreneurship from my own entrepreneurial journey and insight so far. I hope that you can gain value from the insights I share to help you succeed and keep going on your entrepreneurship journey. 

The entrepreneurship journey

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I knew I would be, but I just didn’t know the HOW. I tried many times and I have tried many different avenues and adventures. 

While I can say I love being an entrepreneur. I can also say that it takes a lot of time and effort. It has taken compromises to make my dreams of running my own aligned business into a reality. There are days when I am full of creativity, flow and ideas. And, there are days when I feel doubt. I show up anyway. 

If you let doubt stop you every time you feel it on your entrepreneurship journey, it wont get you to where you want to be.

When you work for yourself as an entrepreneur, it can feel like you can work forever. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But it feels like you can work a whole lot longer than when you worked for someone else. Well, at least that’s how it feels for me.

There’s this aliveness, creativity, passion and underlying WHY I do what I do that fuels you big time as an entrepreneur.

Compromises are necessary 

This is a big one that I’m also quite passionate about. 

I dragged out my entrepreneurial journey over years before I eventually went all in. I never felt like I had the time or focus to be fully present with my entrepreneurship business and journey. Until, I made the time.

I took action to create positive changes in my life. I cleared the space, physically, mentally, focus-wise and time-wise so I could have more time and energy to invest into and focus on my entrepreneurship journey and business.

More, specifically, I made compromises. I compromised moving away from a city where I was surrounded by friends to move back home with my parents. My rent was increasing which meant I would have to work more hours at a job that just wasn’t truly making me happy anymore along with casually doing massage work.

I felt like I didn’t have the time, focus and energy to work on my entrepreneurship dreams. So, I made the decision to gratefully resign from my jobs and move interstate to a small town with my parents so I could save money and have a lot more time, focus and energy freedom.

As much as the transition from being able to socialize with friends more frequently and living in a bigger city was challenging at first, it’s a decision that I’m now so grateful that I chose to make.

Entrepreneurship does take compromises and will be unique and individual to you and your life circumstances/situation.

I always believe, that if there is a will and you are truly happy and passionate about making your entrepreneurship business dreams a reality, there is a way. 

Everything is figureoutable. – Marie forleo 

Reality of being an entrepreneur

There will be days where you just don’t want to work 

There will be days where you just don’t want to work. And quite simply, when you are your own boss you get to pick your own hours, so you don’t ‘have’ to work when you don’t want to. But, I know that on the days that I don’t want to work, I usually prove myself wrong and show up anyway, despite the resistance. 

Overall, I feel so much better when I do show up in my business. Even if it’s just a little bit each day. This is my passion after all and it deserves my consistent love and attention.

Progress is always better than striving for ‘perfection’ and not showing up at all in your business. 

This does not mean do not rest when you need to. The key here is that even when you feel resistance to getting back into work, don’t let the resistance win. Generally, we feel better while doing the activity as we realize ‘Okay this isn’t so bad’. Lastly, most of the time we feel better and have a sense of achievement after completing the activity.

Have a strong motivating force- a WHY 

Having a strong motivating force that keeps you going on the tough days and a why you’re doing what you’re doing is crucial. Passion for what you do and believe in is also important!

Additionally, I believe that if you are passionate about what you are doing from the beginning you will get far. Passion is authentic and something that people can’t take away from you or be forced. 

Passion for your job/business/mission/ for entrepreneurship cannot be bought. 

Passion is like a fuel that can keep you going and excited about what you are creating, doing and sharing with the world.

Discipline and keeping the momentum going 

Discipline is an important skill that needs to be practised in entrepreneurship. 

The passion and motivation to show up in your business may not always be there. 

On the days when it is not, try showing up anyway. In my case, when I take too much time away from my business and feel resistant, I feed the resistance even more. When I ‘bite the bullet’ and show up, I continue to build the momentum again.

The truth about entrepreneurship is that momentum in your business and progress towards your goals is created.

Momentum is created through showing up and taking action. You are not always going to feel inspired to show up in your business/work. But, 9 times out of 10, once you show up and start doing the thing, the ball will start rolling and your creativity, motivation, passion and flow will start to roll forward again.

This is where discipline is important when it comes to being an entrepreneur and running your own business. Thus, practicing the skill of discipline can help you get your creations and offerings out into the world (and complete the projects that you say you are going to do).

Experimentation- Trial and Error 

Experimentation and trial & error are just something you have to be okay with in entrepreneurship. There’s no one right way to be an entrepreneur. Sometimes, you have to try a few different things until you find out what works for you. It’s okay to try things and make errors so that you can learn from them, grow and refine your service.

Fear of getting it wrong 

In entrepreneurship, you may fear getting it wrong. “Is what I’m saying even right?”.

This is something that can come with creative freedom, your creative pursuits and living a creative life. 

This is something that has for sure shown up for me and still does from time to time. Further, when I fear getting it wrong, it feels like I hold myself back and get in my own way. Whereas, when I loosen the grip on the fear, my creative ideas and expression start to flow with more ease, grace and trust. 

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce.

Entrepreneurship requires self leadership 

As an entrepreneur, you are the CEO and creative director of your business. Additionally, this requires you to be the leader, executive and decision-maker of your business.

The truth about entrepreneurship is that you will learn how to lead yourself and trust your self-leadership so that you can become a successful entrepreneur who is confident in your skills and abilities.

Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of time 

The truth about entrepreneurship is that, without a doubt, it takes a large amount of time and effort. However, the time and effort it takes to invest in yourself and build your business is worth it if you believe it to be.

Your mindset matters too. Where is your focus? Is it on all the things you could rather be doing with your time like hanging out with friends, exploring the city and going to the beach? Or is your focus on being fully present with your business and enjoying where you are and the process? 

Entrepreneurship and prioritizing where and what you spend your time on so that you can make your entrepreneurship dreams a reality gets to be pleasurable and enjoyable!

In my case, when I started to see working on my business as a fun and enjoyable activity, my productivity levels increased dramatically. I started treating my business as something fun, just as I would going on an adventure into the city. Now, I honestly love to ‘work’.

Productivity Reminder: Work when you are working and play when you are playing.

Mind over matter

The truth about entrepreneurship I’ve learned so far is that some things that my mind makes out to be hard, are really not so hard.

I remember this often whenever I feel resistance to showing up. Mind over matter

Similar to when you are working out. You are usually more capable of doing more than what you believe you can.

Self-Empowerment Reminder: I am great at what I do. I provide quality value and quality service to my clients/audience. I am capable of achieving incredible things.

Technical Stuff and Technical Difficulties 

In my opinion, learning technical stuff can sometimes feel boring, frustrating and very time-consuming. But, once you know, you know.

There’s not always a written set of rules to know how to fix and learn the things that you need and want to. The truth about entrepreneurship is that sometimes there are technical issues that are just plain annoying trying to figure out the how haha.

You fit in work when and where you can

The truth about entrepreneurship is that you fit in work when and where you can. At the airport, on the bus and yes honestly, sometimes right before bed.

When I’m not actively working on my business, I’m usually working on my mindset, improvement and personal growth in some way. This supports me in improving my own personal life, business and mindset. For example, I enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks in my spare time to increase my knowledge and learn new things.

Reminder: Investing in your self-development can also help your business develop and grow.

It can feel lonely at times

The truth about entrepreneurship is that it can feel lonely at times. Sometimes, it’s just you working on your business and doing your thing by yourself. However, entrepreneurship certainly does not always have to feel lonely.

We are 100 per cent not meant to do it all alone. Ask for help, reach out, ask questions, collaborate and put yourself in rooms and social media groups with like-minded people. Additionally, network, go to events, and catch up for coffee with other entrepreneurs and your friends.

As an entrepreneur you wear many hats all at once

As an entrepreneur, you really do wear many hats all at once. Especially, I find this to be true in the beginning, initial stages of entrepreneurship. When you are learning all the basics and back end side of things and your creative positioning as an entrepreneur, you are the person for the job.

However, I do believe as you grow as an entrepreneur you can start to outsource tasks that you would prefer someone else to do. As a result, you can focus on your zone of genius, growth and expansion even more when you outsource some tasks.

Entrepreneurship can help you grow in all areas of your life 

The truth about entrepreneurship is that entrepreneurship absolutely can help you grow in all other areas of your life. Personally, my entrepreneurship journey has helped me become a better leader, decision maker and more organized in my life.

Additionally, I have become more confident in my skills and abilities, and a better, more open communicator in my personal relationships. Overall, being an entrepreneur is a rewarding journey. 

Finding a work-life balance is sometimes tricky

As an entrepreneur, finding a work-life balance is sometimes tricky. 

You can sometimes feel uncomfortable when taking time off from work, especially when you’re passionate about your work and have so much momentum moving forward.

Further, switching out of your work/business mode can sometimes feel challenging. But, it is possible to switch off and go out, enjoy your life and just enjoy existing. Find a work-life-social balance that works for you.

There was this quote that hit me in the feels that I just recently heard by Jess Williamson in her podcast episode

The to-do list never ends. But your life does end. It is okay to take breaks to rest, enjoy life and have fun outside of your work efforts.

Self-care and your health need to be a priority 

Simply said, self-care and your health need to be a priority in your entrepreneurship journey. 

Without you, there’s no business. Take care of yourself and your health. You matter. πŸ’š

Quality, aligned work matters over quantity

The truth about entrepreneurship that resonates for me is that quality, aligned work matters over quantity.

Further, I definitely promote entrepreneurship at your own pace. But, be sure to not mix & confuse this with procrastination and perfectionism that can hold you back from achieving any progress towards your goals.

Overall, I’ve found that alignment mixed with slight ‘hustle’/ pushing yourself to grow and expand out of your comfort zone works for me in my entrepreneurship journey thus far.

With determination, courageous and consistent action you can go far

Are you determined to make your entrepreneurship dreams and goals a reality? 

Having sheer determination on your entrepreneurship journey can take you far. Additionally, taking consistent, courageous action can also take you far. 

As an entrepreneur, you will need to embrace and practice qualities such as patience, resilience, perseverance and commitment to help you achieve your goals and get to where you want to be.

The truth about entrepreneurship, building your business and community is that it takes work (action), effort, time, consistency and commitment. Especially, in the beginning as you are building your business and getting it off the ground running to make an impact + an income. 

You are likely already making an impact in your business. However, making an income from your entrepreneurship business can take longer. This is where you truly need to be passionate and aligned with what you are doing. 

Lastly, without a doubt, practicing patience, believing in yourself and trusting your vision, go hand in hand with achieving the results and goals you desire in your business.

Positive Reminder: “It’s safe for me to receive the results I desire in my business. I am safe to receive true success in my business and my life.

Final Reminders for your entrepreneurship journey 

  • Enjoy the journey. Embrace the entire journey of entrepreneurship.
  • ‘How you spend your time is how you spend your life.’ Inspired by Annie Dillard. I love this reminder that reminds us to not always fixate on the final goal/outcome to be happy. It brings us back to the present moment where you can really enjoy the present and be happy where you are. 
  • Being able to work from anywhere and your own hours is pretty cool! 
  • The flexibility and freedom within entrepreneurship is something I’m so grateful for.
  • What you put into your business is what you get back. For example, the amount of time and effort that you put into your business influences what you get back such as the results, progress, growth & expansion.
  • Coffee really does help you get things done. πŸ˜‰
  • Practise staying adaptable and pivoting when you need to.
  • There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills
  • There’s an underlying why that just keeps you going as an entrepreneur. 
  • Do you feel that you are just meant to be your own boss? Well, maybe you are just meant to be your own boss. πŸ‘
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I hope that this post has inspired you to make the most out of your entrepreneurship journey!

What did you learn from this post? What do you now feel most inspired to do on your entrepreneurship journey? Let me and the community know in the comment section below. 

As always, please take what resonates and leave the rest. 

Love, 

Lana 


Meet Lana!

Lana is the founder of Living Her Way. She’s passionate about all things Travel and Self-Empowerment. Lana’s mission is to inspire you to live a more happy and fulfilling life your way each day. 

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