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Smooth Seas Don’t Make Strong Sailors: Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace Challenges

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Growing a successful and steady business is not for the weak hearted. It takes perseverance, passion, and courage to make your startup bloom. Anyone going into business should expect hardships and challenges to overcome. The moments when we finally get the results you’ve been working towards are only bittersweet and well earned. Embrace the challenges you face in business because….

1. It teaches you what works, and what doesn’t

This is may be most obvious logic, but it’s funny how many people forget to remember and apply what they learned from a hardship. Any challenges we face, we must overcome. And, each time, it’s a lesson learned. Don’t repeat the same mistakes! When it comes to your business, pride must be put to the side, and we must submit to the lessons learned. If business isn’t pouring in, don’t ever assume it’s your product. Work on everything else first. Perfect the website, change up the marketing, or improve the customer service. Be open to getting feedback from your customers, and award them for their input. We must appreciate the progress because no strong foundation can be built overnight.

2. It makes you phlegmatic

When we start it from the ground up, our business is our baby! And, it can be hard to separate what’s just business, to something that’s so personal to us. After you’ve been through your share of highs and lows as a business owner, it’s easier to throw in the towel and save your passion for all the things about your business you can control. Whatever disasters come your way, you’ll be able to keep a cool head and handle the situation without getting your feelings involve. “Emotions are bad for business.” Just like drinking and driving don’t mix, neither do your emotions with your business. Every challenge we face as a business owner, gives us the opportunity to be a better one. You’ll compromise the growth of your business if you let your emotions make the decisions. If you learn that you’re a natural hot head and there’s just nothing you can do about it, hire someone to consultant and advise you.

3. It can separate you as a leader, not just a boss.

Despite the common misconception, being the boss (let alone your own boss) is the hardest job of all. You have to rely entirely on your customers to grow your business, and once you start employing, you’ll be relying on your team to help support it! If you’re lucky, your endeavors will inspire people to want to be apart of your company whether they’re working for you, or you for them. Part of being a great leader is seeing the bigger picture. Nobody wants a condensing micromanager for a boss, but there are plenty out there. World renown businessman Richard Branson said it best, “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” You’ll feel more passionate about your work when you feel you’re apart of something, that your work matters, and makes a difference. If you make your employees feel like you’re all a team, that’s a start to becoming a great leader. And, leadership skills are necessary within any good CEO.

No matter how you look at it, embracing challenges is something any entrepreneur should do. The struggles in business never stop, but how you face them makes all the difference. You’ll only become wiser and stronger. Stay ahead by applying what you learned. Develop a practical disposition and handle the chaos like a breeze. And, when all the chips fall, you’ll still a leader whom your team wants to follow.

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Entrepreneur Tips From Beyonce

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When someone mentions the name Beyonce, the first idea to click on your mind is music. She is a successful musician, and unlike what you may know, she is also a self-made entrepreneur. One outstanding feature about her is that her success is not just a result of her popularity in the music industry. She has an excellent approach to business and has, over time, been able to build an empire for herself. For many people in business, below are some of the entrepreneurial tips from Beyonce, you can learn.

Be Authentic.

Because you want to start up something good for yourself in business, ensure it is unique and outstanding. Create a brand that will make people feel your presence just by mentioning the brand name. Put your stamp on it and do not allow people to benefit under your glory without approval.

Be a Team Player.

Since you cannot do everything alone, create a team of people who share the same vision as you. Build and encourage them to help you execute all your plans. Be hardworking and go through all phases of business with your team rather than just delegating.

Create Interpersonal Relationships With Customers.

Most customers will come to you expecting to have a personal touch of your brand. However, if you rely on outsourcing agencies to communicate on your behalf, your customers will eventually leave. Create a platform to interact with clients on a personal note.

Prepare To Make Painful Decisions.

As an entrepreneur, be ready to make decisions that will affect you personally but mainly focus on the bigger picture. Beyonce fired her dad because she saw it as the best thing for her career. It was a difficult decision but the right thing to do.

In the initial stages of her musical career, she was in a group. She decided to spread her wings, and at the moment, she is soaring high. The above mentioned entrepreneurial tips from Beyonce will help you build a brand for yourself if only you set goals to guide you.

*Image Credit: Copyright: Jason Kempin,2010 Getty Images

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How Beating Cancer Gave Me the Strength to Become an Entrepreneur

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A cancer diagnosis is one of the most devastating news that I had to receive. It is very easy to get discouraged and get depressed after receiving news like this. But this is not a death sentence and numerous people like myself beat the odds, to overcome Cancer, and not give up on their dreams.

The thing with Cancer is that it brings your life into perspective, and you can see the things that matter to you and those that do not. This is how I recognized those passions and dreams that I had ignored before, ultimately to become an entrepreneur and start Entreprenury By Nature

Take Action.

One thing that I have learned from surviving cancer is that I had to make a conscious decision to start. Most people, when they get diagnosed and when the condition worsens, they are unable to go to work. This then leads them to a financial rut, with no money for utilities, to pay off their mortgages and loans. It is at this moment that they decide to take action. The thing with Cancer is that it makes you stronger, and you are pushed harder to make your dreams work. The motivation is inevitable, and with passion, you will be able to get rid of the fears at the back of your mind.

Take Risks.

Surviving cancer is one of the greatest achievements that I will ever make in your life. The good thing is that it gave me hope and courage to do other things. I have overcome the fear of dying from the diagnosis, so what else can scare Me?

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to take risks. Believe in yourself and what you are offering. Cancer is transformational; it will help you deal with your day to day issues and come out stronger in the end.

Seek Advice.

Another essential thing that I had to do was to seek advice from experts and other people that had gone through what I was going through. I spoke with other cancer survivors to see the things that they did to beat cancer.

To become a great entrepreneur you will also need to seek advice from experts and the entreprenurs that have already achieved what you are looking to achieve. Do not go in blindly, as your business may suffer. Find a mentor, you will be surprised they will be more than ready to offer you all the advice that you need.

Remember, you are not alone on this journey; other people are going through what you are undergoing. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

I did not allow my life to a stop due to a cancer diagnosis and neither should you allow any challenge you are facing to stop you from achieving your dreams. You can beat whatever it is you are going through and come out stronger than before!

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3 Entrepreneurial Tips From Kanye West

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Apart from being one of the excellent performing hip-hop recording artists and producers, Kanye is undoubtedly among the most successful entrepreneurs. He’s been actively launching thriving businesses over the years.

Kanye West has founded a record label, directed a couple of films and established different fashion brands.

Due to his unique proof entrepreneurial style, aspiring entrepreneurs can learn a few tips from Kanye West. Here are a few tips from Kanye that may prove helpful to future business owners.

Be Yourself

Kanye West has always been unique and a nonconformist. In his first album, The College Dropout, he recalls his peers would look at him crazy since he didn’t have a jersey on. Instead of the football jerseys and beanies, Kanye put on pink polo shirts and carried with him Louis Vuitton bags. Being unique has kept Kanye at the pinnacle of the music and the business world.

Don’t Stop

Kanye at one time had a failed clothing line, Pastelle, that turned into a success after later changing to DONDA. Kanye has always remained passionate in his ventures and has been quick to shun negative critics and doubts coming his way. In one of West’s rap songs, The Good Life, he speaks out: “If they hate then let ‘em hate and watch the money pile up.”

Diversify

Kanye West has been involved in lots of business ventures. He’s been a rapper and also a famous music producer. West is also known for being a restauranteur at one point in his life. However, the trick while running multiple businesses is to ensure you don’t move far away from the focus of your main businesses.

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