“Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion” -David Icke
This quote rings true in many aspects of my life, but sometimes it can be hard to grasp through the weekly grind of work. I think it’s important to reflect on your accomplishments & strifes, see what works & doesn’t, and really understand what it is you’re doing in this world. At the end of the day, it should be something that you love & that you are passionate about.
There were a lot of recurring and common themes that I gathered from our experience at Denver Startup Week, loving what you do being a very prevalent one. It makes a huge impact and determines a lot of things in the way you work & live your life. We heard a lot of great panels & met some pretty incredible people that have started or are in the same spot as we are.
However, the women highlighted panels we attended (Women Who Launch, Women Who Startup Summit & Women Makers in the Sporting World)… blew us away! They were chalk filled with awesome women who are doing it all, they gave some great insight that every entrepreneur should know.
1. Have Confidence
The old saying still stands true, confidence is key. I don’t know if that will ever be proven otherwise, because in any circumstance confidence can carry you a long way. It’s the ability to be able to carry yourself, speak up, express your ideas & emotions, and ask for things. It can feel a little uncomfortable or intimidating at first, but we’ve got to stop suppressing the idea that we can’t do it. We all have it in us. Displaying self-confidence is something we should be integrating into all aspects of our lives, it is an important part of the equation to success. Believing in ourselves & our abilities and being able to communicate that to others fuels our confidence to be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to.
2. Create your Ecosystem
Some call it balancing, while others have referred to it as congruence. We all know the feeling of being pulled in different directions; work and life being the oppositions. I look at it as an ecosystem- something that is both internal and physical & that depends on each part to work together. The key is to finding what works best for you. Knowing your strengths and limitations, goals and expectations, hopes and fears- I believe this leads you to creating your own ecosystem and being able to listen to yourself & knowing what makes you happy and how to achieve that.
3. Celebrate your Successes
We often get caught up in moving on to the next thing coming up, and we forget to celebrate our own successes. We shouldn’t be shy about expressing our excitement, it’s something we all deserve to feel good about. Whether it was reaching a new goal, or scoring a new project we should share these moments because it’s what pushes us to move further and do it again. Those successes all start to add up! AND it’s okay if there are mess ups along the way… guaranteed there will be. That’s also an opportunity to reflect on what works & doesn’t work, and get there the next time around!
4. Take the Plunge
Any business that I’ve known has started from that jumping off point and going all in. It’s following your passions and making that commitment to transform your idea into a business. There’s all the necessary risks to get to you that point, but it also comes with being prepared. Running your own business isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and energy to research and understand how you’re going to fit in. Knowing the ins and outs, nooks and crannies of the industry and aspects of running a business are essential to being successful. Grace, grit, humility are key components- you’ve got to have the confidence & knowledge, the hard work & determination, and the humbleness & curiosity to run your own business and getting others on board with you.
5. The Next Step
You may experience those growing pains that comes along with taking your business to the next level. It can be hard to know when you’re ready, but taking it step by step will allow you to reflect and lay all your options out in front of you. Being strategic in knowing what you have the capacity to do, and seeing what it will take to do all the other things you have planned will give you a good indicator to know what the next step will be. Be confident in your decisions, and there is no need to rush or jump into anything too quickly when it comes to growing your business.
I think it comes full circle- going back to doing something you love. That’s where the passion is, that’s what gets you excited every day, and what brings you happiness. Taking a step back and reflecting on yourself & your business as a whole will give you new insight on where to go next. The women at Denver Startup Week and the topics we covered were a great reminder of the things that we all need to hear and express ourselves as women entrepreneurs.
Thank you to all the ladies at the Denver Startup Week to share your stories!
(Sirvo, Meet Mindful, Artifact Uprising, She EO, P2Binvestor, Kindara, Havenly, SaraBella Fishing, Goldilocks Gear, Guerilla Gravity, Onus iV Hydration & many more!)
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