The pathway to business success is a rocky one. There are ups and downs, challenges and triumphs. But let’s be real: some days, it feels like there are a lot more downs than anything else. Maybe your last product was a flop, or your new marketing strategy ran into a wall.
Whatever the case, we understand that there are times when go-getting entrepreneurs like you need some words of encouragement. Read on for words of inspiration from people who’ve been where you are and– with support from their community– bounced back.
“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.” ~Nikki Giovanni
Everyone fails every once in a while. That doesn’t make you a failure or a screw up. You can’t control other people or events, but you’re the captain of your fate. You decide how to respond.
Messed up a client order? Let them know how you’re going to take care of it. If you communicate well and make things right, it’s likely your customer will keep coming back.
“You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you that you can be. And that tends to shut them up.” ~Michelle Obama
There will always be critics– people who tear you down just for the sake of it. Don’t let them discourage you. Bring your best to everything you do: no one can ask any more of you.
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” ~Sara Blakely
You don’t have to know everything before you start out. If you spend every day feeling a cloud of uncertainty hanging over your future, it probably means you’re doing something right.
Part of being an entrepreneur is knowing that you don’t have to be an expert to take the first, tenth, or fiftieth step. You’ll learn along the way. Best of all, being new to a subject or industry will let you bring a fresh, unbiased perspective and recognize opportunities that competitors have overlooked.
“It’s important for young people to know that they are made the way they are made and they’re beautiful and that’s how they’re supposed to be.” ~Raven Symone
Whether you’re young or young at heart, you’re amazing just the way you are. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Of course, everyone has flaws and areas of improvement. But you don’t have to be perfect– or remotely close to it– to love yourself or deserve love from others.
The Bottom Line
We get it: being a business owner is hard. (If it was easy, everyone would do it!) Some days you just need some kind words. We hope the quotes above gave you some needed encouragement.
From the EnrichHER team to you: you are amazing, you are brilliant, and you can do this.
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EnrichHER is a financial technology platform that matches revenue-generating companies led by women and founders of color to individual and institutional sources of funding. Since 2017, EnrichHER has deployed upwards of $4 million through its platform and matched business-owners to $13 million in working capital through its Accelerator. By providing capital, coaching, and connections, we are fueling the fastest-growing demographic of business owners. Our network has engaged with over 23,000 advocates through its digital community and in-person activations.