ADVICE TO ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS
SOME OF THE LESSONS SHE'S LEARNED ALONG THE WAY
Before you begin your entrepreneurial journey, prepare yourself mentally. Remind yourself often that without a doubt, it will not be easy; that there will be hurdles; and that you're capable of getting over every single one. Every. Single. One.
Take the word "can't" out of your vocabulary. If you say you can't, you're just choosing not to. It's very rare that you "can't" do something.
If you ever hear or say the words, "I wish ... did this"; "I wish something like ... existed"; "Someone should invent ..." - be the one to make it happen.
You don't have to be a genius or a genie to make wishes come true. You just have to be aware of and know how to utilize the resources that surround you. Take advantage of literally all of them. That's what they're there for.
If you have an idea just go for it. Trying and gaining experience makes so much more sense than sitting on it and wondering "What if?"
Make plans and set goals so you have a direction to work towards.
Never let an opportunity pass you by. Say yes. Even when you have no clue what you're getting yourself into, just say yes. Challenge yourself and see what you're capable of.
Don't be afraid of failure. Take the L as a Lesson not a Loss.
If you don't ask you'll never know. Question everything. Gain perspective. Be curious.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help but know that you can't rely on anyone but yourself to keep things moving.
Figure out what your priorities are and stick to them. If you have to choose your business over a Taco Tuesday at Pink Taco then that's just what you're going have to do. (Tough one.. I know. It's tough for me too.)
You have to be committed and you have to stay committed. You can't expect anyone to commit to working with you or help you if you can't commit to yourself and your work.
Distance yourself from anyone and anything that isn't beneficial to your future and focus only on those that are.
Don't give up. No matter how tough a problem might be. Just take a step back and think about how far you've come. It'd be nothing less than stupid to give up after putting in all that work.
Patience truly is a virtue. Success doesn't happen overnight. It could take years or it might not ever come at all and you have to be fully aware of that.
Knowledge is power, so if it doesn't work the first time - get up, play smarter, and try again. You only live once; might as well, right?