I struggled to succeed as an entrepreneur for thirteen years before I finally attained measurable financial success. Once I did, I was so thrilled that I was able to bring my husband home full time. Everything was absolutely amazing, until it wasn’t…
People started asking me for advice, a lot. It was fantastic at first but then it started to get overwhelming and I didn’t know how to handle it. I wanted to help everyone but there was no way I’d be able to. I was getting 10-15 messages a day from people asking me at least three to five questions each. Sometimes they’d leave voice messages that equalled more than 10 minutes.
I knew that this was just one part of success and I started to wonder if it was worth it at all. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but I also needed to protect my time. What I ended up doing was hiring a boundaries coach (Lauren da Silva) to walk me through how to set up some boundaries without quitting altogether. What we came up with was a way for me to honour my time and still be able to help was to set up coaching appointments for me to work 1:1 with people. If they wanted to book a thirty or sixty minute session with me then I could dive deep with them and help them to the best of my ability. If they didn’t want to book one then that was okay and we parted ways.
This is just one of the ways that I protect my bandwidth as an entrepreneur. I cover a couple more in this YouTube video.
The bottom line is that you need to protect your energy as an entrepreneur so that you aren’t tempted to give up. When you do that, you’ll start attracting different types of people. People who value your worth and pay for your time. People who takes notes when you talk. And people who don’t squawk about booking an appointment with you. Those are your people my friend.