I’m not usually one to focus on the negatives but since my blog post last week was about the secret sauce to success, I feel like I need to also address the ways in which entrepreneurs can ensure their own failure.
Obviously no one wants to fail on purpose, but sometimes we do things that hinder our success without realizing it. Let’s talk about three of them today.
The first way to ensure failure as an entrepreneur is to dislike people. That may seem silly but for a big chunk of my life, I didn’t like or trust people at all. I assumed the worst in everyone, felt like everyone was out to get me, and believed that every single person on the planet had ulterior motives.
Do you know how challenging it is to gain someone’s trust if you don’t like them? It’s basically impossible. People could feel the vibe that I gave off even though I didn’t mean for them to. I needed to get to a place where I liked myself enough to start liking others. Now I love people and genuinely want to help as many people as I can. It’s made a massive difference.
The second way to fail as an entrepreneur is to worry more about what other people think of you than you do about your own success. I struggled with this for YEARS! I didn’t want to step on any toes, I didn’t want to offend anyone, and I certainly didn’t want anyone to think badly of me. Do you know what that did for my success? Absolutely nothing. And guess what? People still got offended and people still thought badly of me. We can’t control any of that, so why are we trying so hard to? Just be you. Be your authentic, genuine self and let your people come to you.
Speaking of authenticity, the third way to fail as an entrepreneur is to try to be someone you’re not. Maybe you think you’ll attract someone else’s success by imitating who they are but that doesn’t work. Your people need to hear your voice, not what you think they want to hear. Again, you’ll only attract people who don’t get you if you do that. You’ll attract people who aren’t here for what you have because they don’t actually know what you have to offer.
Be brave friend. Be the you that you’ve been called to be. Stop trying to be someone else. If you were supposed to be someone else then you’d be them already. You’re you for a reason and until you embrace that, you won’t be able to serve others effectively.
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