How ‘Business Bravery’ Helped Me Grow As an Entrepreneur

What make a person brave?  Usually when we think of a brave individual, it’s someone who has a sword or a cape and is running around saving a princess from some doomed fate.  Or maybe it’s someone who rescued stray cats from a burning house. Click through to read more!

What make a person brave?  Usually when we think of a brave individual, it’s someone who has a sword or a cape and is running around saving a princess from some doomed fate.  Or maybe it’s someone who rescued stray cats from a burning house.

Answer this, when you think of a brave person would you think of you or me?

A few months ago if you had asked me if I was brave I would have laughed and said no.  I was everything but brave.  At the time, I was stuck in a job that looked great on paper but was a nightmare, everyone around me was doing the things I dreamt of and I was certain there was nothing I could do to change my reality.

And then one day I snapped.  I remember calling my boss and telling him I was done.

At that time I swore I was stupid; today, I think that was my first step towards Business Bravery.

Business Bravery is a term I use to acknowledge the moments in an entrepreneur’s life when they surpass their limitations and move up on the entrepreneurial ladder.  You don’t always have to physically do something, sometimes it can manifest from realizing or accepting a certain truth.

Here’s three ways I gained Business Bravery with my new venture Bout Your Biz, can you relate to any of these?

1.  I plunged into the unknown I told you my story about my life pre-Bout Your Biz and that story is actually a fairy tale compared to what was really going on.  What I didn’t tell you was I had been trying to leave that job roughly six month after working there.  Instead of giving my resignation I would always worry about the unknown:

  • Could I find a new job?

  • What would my family say?

  • What would people say?

  • Would I be able to afford working for myself?

I let those worries stop me from being a better and more hard working version of myself.  My insecurities left me in a toxic work environment and with toxic decisions in my personal life.  The day I told my boss I would be moving on was the day I finally surrendered myself to the unknown.  

If that’s not brave I don’t know what is!  By facing something that I couldn’t control I learned how to control myself.  I had a power over myself that no one could claim.  That strut in my step?  It was because I was brave honey.

2.  I acknowledged my talents I have experience in various fields but I never gave myself credit for what I knew.  My past work environment never allowed you to acknowledge your talents or strengths.  That was something I carried with me even after I left that last job.

Only recently have I admitted I actually know some stuff and by stuff I mean valuable information that people are begging to learn.  What makes your favorite guru so amazing is they know things and they’re not afraid to say “I’m talented in this area!”

I was afraid to speak up and say I’m a designer, artist and blogger.  How silly of me!  A woman with a degree, years of experience and a killer personality?  Hello!  

3.  I finally admitted I am an entrepreneur Until recently only three people in my every day life knew about Bout Your Biz: my mum, brother and sister.  That’s it.  

When I started I hinted at what I was doing and everyone judged me so I kept this a secret.  But truthfully, if I want my business to flourish I have to share it to the world, and it doesn’t matter who does or doesn’t support me.  What matters is putting 100% energy and effort into my business.

I’m sure a few of you can relate to not having a support system, or not feeling confident as an entrepreneur so you kept quiet.  Well, I made the decision to share my secret business with a few more family members recently.  I took a deep breath and told….three more family members…

Okay, okay!  Baby steps, but the bravery lesson here is, I couldn’t hide what or who I was anymore.  Since telling those few family members, I feel I’m able to do even more for my business.  When I was always hiding from them I couldn’t do things freely, even something like writing this blog post had to be hidden!  Now, working freely equals me doing more work and that equals happy clients (and a bit more income for me!)

Business Bravery isn’t easy but here’s 5 things you can do to amp up your bravado for your business right now:

1. Be honest with yourself - sometimes we’re lying to ourselves about a situation we’re in and that’s not helping our efforts.  Honesty with yourself helps you to be a better business person.

2. Face one fear - don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle every scary thing on your list.  One issue at a time and face it with a clear mind.

3. Confide in a friend - find someone to share your struggles with who you feel will listen and give good advice.  You want someone who will not judge your or what you’re going through.

4. Do something new - once a month try to do something new for your business that you haven’t done before.  It could be hiring an assistant, adding more to your schedule or even slotting in a break for yourself

5. Own your entrepreneurship - Just like I’m starting to own mine, you should own yours.  A lot of business owners feel they aren’t legit or they’re not doing it right.  We are.  

Have you been brave in your business recently?  I’d love to know how, be sure to sure below!
 

Since 2007 I’ve been involved with blogging, Marketing & Design.  After a range of jobs in those areas and an epic year in Japan, I officially put my Design degree to use as a Graphic Designer and Social Media Manager for a luxury management company in the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2012. Three years later, I decided to quit hustling for others and put the focus on myself and ultimately on you!  My business, Bout Your Biz, exists to answer the questions many newbie entrepreneurs have.  Ready to work?  Let’s do this!

Since 2007 I’ve been involved with blogging, Marketing & Design.  After a range of jobs in those areas and an epic year in Japan, I officially put my Design degree to use as a Graphic Designer and Social Media Manager for a luxury management company in the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2012. Three years later, I decided to quit hustling for others and put the focus on myself and ultimately on you!  My business, Bout Your Biz, exists to answer the questions many newbie entrepreneurs have.  Ready to work?  Let’s do this!

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Samantha Parker

Hype Social Strategies, St. George, Utah