12 Things To Keep In Mind As An Entrepreneur

by - Saturday, February 17, 2018


Zim Ugochukwu is the founder of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform for travelers of color. I follow her on Snapchat and have not only become inspired by her innovative approach to motivating people of color to travel internationally, but her drive and ambition for making what was once an idea a household name.

Sometime, last year she shared on Snapchat something that stuck with me and I quote, "Entrepreneurship will be the hardest thing you will ever do. Starting and running a company can feel a lot like chewing glass. It is HARD." 

This quote is not limited to entrepreneurs, but to anyone with a dream - a goal to do more, be more, and have more for themselves. Anything that you embark on will take lots of sacrifice and hard work, for we know that anything worth having will not come overnight, but it will come as long as we put in the effort, prayers, and commitment.

When it comes to living a life of purpose, I have shared twelve tips to help you stay focused on the bottom line and the freedom you are working to achieve and maintain through entrepreneurship and living your dreams. Feel free to print them and stick them where you can see them daily as you build your vision.

What to Keep in Mind as an Entrepreneur: 

1. You will have to prepare for the good, the bad and the ugly.
2. Build your dream from the ground up the right way so that it will not crumble.
3. You must be smart, strategic and fearless at all times.
4.  Self educate yourself - read all you can in business, investing, finance and self-help. Be strong in your mind so that you are sharp as a whip.
5. Place the smartest and strongest people on your team - not just in skill, but in mind, body and spirit - know who they are at their core.
6. Never take no for an answer because there is always a yes waiting somewhere.
7. In order to own a business, you must mean business. You don't come to this playground to play because it looks glamorous. It takes years of steady hard work, planning and sacrifice before it becomes glamorous and that only happens after you start making millions in your sleep and you can place your business in the hands of those who are highly qualified to run it for you.
8. You come to win daily. The game of living your purpose is chess not checkers.
9. Forget all that I'm on the grind and I'll sleep when I'm dead hype. If you don't take care of yourself, eat right, exercise and get an adequate amount of sleep, you will be sleeping for real - six feet under sooner than you anticipate. Your body is a machine just like your business. Nurture it the same way. If you don't take care of it, it will break down.
10. The boss title is not some cute word you throw around because it sounds good. It means you've been in the trenches, fought for it and came out on top.
11. They don't have to like you, but at the end of the day, they will have to respect you.
12. Pray about everything.

Know that as we approach the last 6 months in 2017, you have already come a long way on your journey. Keep going, don't stop, and take hold of what's yours by divine right.

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