When were you “bitten” by the entrepreneurial bug?
When I was 22, I had a scary near-death experience that really flipped my world on its head. I had been thinking about becoming a coach and entrepreneur but getting a second chance at life was this catalyst that inspired me to take the leap into a more alternative career path.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business as a millennial entrepreneur?
Like a lot of entrepreneurs, finding my "niche," specialty and purpose in the market was definitely a wild ride. (I could probably win the award for "Most Niche-Induced Anxiety Attacks"). It could very well be a millennial thing but I've always wanted to express my most authentic, creative self through my work -- my truest, highest calling. That stubbornness took me on quite the journey to find my "perfect niche" but I'm grateful for the learning process because it taught me how to do purposeful work (and help others find their greatest work).
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
Community! Community has been far more helpful than any app, tool, or site. Forming partnerships and strategic alliances has been a game-changer. It's so easy to become isolated as an entrepreneur, thinking it's just us in our pajamas in our lonely little corner of the blog-o-sphere. But I've learned that most of our dreams usually come true via connections with others. Which means we need mastermind groups. We need coaches, partners, like-minded friends and allies. Who is passionate about the same things? Where does your audience already exist? How can you form a strategic alliance or collaborate on an impactful project?
Who’s your entrepreneurial hero?
Oh, toughy! So many people inspire me. Not to be a total cheese-ball but -- honestly -- all of the people I get to meet as an entrepreneur have inspired me the most. Every day people who are committed to a dream bigger than themselves, who wake up each morning determined to make the world a little more lovely. I understand how hard that is in my bones and know that very few have the guts to do it. Entrepreneurs are the true heroes.
What advice do you have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs?
A business isn't about you but is instead a vehicle for being of service. As Peter Sage says, "money is just a reflection of how much value you give." I'm a big fan of the Conscious Capitalism movement and really believe we have to give in order to receive. It's funny because in my experience, my business success has been in direct correlation with how much genuine heart and soul I put into what I do. It's not about the transactional exchange of products and services but about the real live people on the other end and the difference we can make in even just one person's life. While measurements like subscribers, views, or "likes" are of course important analytics, it's easy to get caught up in chasing validation, recognition, approval -- especially in the online world. These days my motto is that "business owners" don't make it over the long-haul, but people on missions change and inspire the world for centuries. I suppose my biggest advice would be to be a mission and a movement first, and sell a product or service second.
How can our readers connect with you?
I'm currently so excited (OK. Really excited. Like, I can't stop dancing guys) about an online, life purpose coach training academy I'm building with my business partner. If anyone wants to sign-up for early admission we'd be so thrilled to work together (you're going to love it!). To hop on the waitlist for the first cohort and more information, check out fearlesscoachingacademy.com.
You're also welcome to follow my quirky entrepreneurial journey at redthreadcoaching.com or I'd love to be friends on Twitter@RedThreadCoach.
Most of all, best of luck in doing your great work! You got this. (You were born for it).
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