Feeling vulnerable? Uncertain?
Nobody ever said the life of an entrepreneur would be an easy one. (And if they did, they were lying to you).
Maybe you haven't taken the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship YET, but want to.
With so much going on in the world today, on top of running a business, it's easy to get bogged down.
I know. I've been there.
Most people feel overwhelmed at some point. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
It's important to remember why you chose this life. If things are rough right now, that can help move your focus from problems to solutions.
Here are four tips for navigating the hero's journey of an entrepreneur:
1. Acknowledge that entrepreneurship is a scary path to take
It’s not a straight path. It’s not a predictable path. But it’s not a boring path, either.
That’s why we take it, right?
Entrepreneurs feel the fear of the unknown and we march straight toward it. With chins up and smiles on our faces, scanning the horizon, looking for what’s next.
2. Accept that there is no single map to show the way
There are a few fundamentals for an business:
- Build your email list starting today
- Deliver helpful, useful, engaging information to build trust, authority, and traffic
The life of an entrepreneur has too many variables for us to have a single map that works for everyone.
And that makes the journey interesting, doesn’t it?
3. Stay open to unexpected results
Life’s twists and turns happen when you least expect them. Just look at public elections and referendums around the world in 2016 in case you need examples.
When you bring it down to a personal level, though, can you think of examples where you set out in a specific direction only to veer off on a tangent that took you to places you couldn’t have imagined?
So set a direction — but then stay open to what appears along your path as you march ahead.
4. Recognize that you make the map as you walk the path
Your actions — your steps forward — move you along your path. But you don’t know where the path is until you walk it.
The only way to find the path is to walk the path.
So despite uncertain times and our own shaky faith, the only way we can find our way is to move forward.
The only way to discover your path is to walk it, step by courageous step.
Uncertain times happen to all of us. Our paths aren’t prescribed or predictable. Even so, we walk ahead — embracing uncertainty and forging our paths like the heroes we are.