Entrepreneurship is painful.” I bet you don’t hear those words often when you think about entrepreneurship. It is painful because the pursuit of independence reveals something about us.
Pursuing entrepreneurship reveals our drive, our work ethic, our focus, and our level of dedication and lack thereof.
This journey requires us to go within and face the ugly truth about who we are as individuals and as entrepreneurs. Self-value is one of the greatest lessons I learned through a serendipitous encounter. Single parents do not have time for self-doubt and we certainly cannot afford to devalue ourselves, our work, or brands and what we have to offer. Having a very high sense of self-value is paramount to our success. The good news is that we can increase our self-value over time. Just as women are more likely to start a business, we are more likely to go out of business. If this is what statistics show, then what are the statistics for single parents starting businesses and how likely is it for a single parent to go out of business? I’m writing from my perspective as a single mother.
My personal belief is that entrepreneurial aspirations are more challenging for single mothers because we are usually working on your businesses after working a 9-to-5, cooking, basketball practice, and homework. Entrepreneurship is necessary for some of us because we lack the partnership, companionship, financial assistance a spouse can provide. We want to be successful and my advice is to work hard and focus more on what we have and less on what or whom we do not have.
I’m writing as an entrepreneur who has not earned millions or garner a huge following. My goal is to be effective and effectiveness breeds’ success. In order to be effective, there were lifestyle decisions I needed to implement and become not just a lifestyle but also a habit. This would be the only way I would accomplish my goals while managing the demands of single parenting.
What do you do when you are struggling mentally and physically? How does one go within to get things done? My success is reflection of my daily activity. When I realized my business was not where I wanted it to be it was the result of my daily activity and I had to make life decisions, improve my habits, and come up with routines and schedules that are congruent with the goals I’ve set.
You can find A few tips I’ve learned in my journey in the current issue of Unique Access @ www.uniqueaccessmagazine.com/subscribe.
by: Kizzy Williams