Pictured above ~ Me laughing off all those lies I told myself over the past couple of years regarding my talent and my ability to run a successful freelance graphic design business.
But really, now that I have found some confidence in myself and with my work, I am so saddened by the ugly energy I fed into as a younger creative entrepreneur. And after talking with others who are just starting out, I am learning that I’m not alone in this negativity! And it’s time someone speaks out.
Let me start by saying, if you have decided to set out on your own, to be your own boss, or to create a new path for yourself, CONGRATULATIONS. It takes a very unique type of human to break the mold and to step out. You have been blessed with a beautiful mind that has the capability to think outside of the box, and YOU ARE BRAVE.
And not only are you courageous, but you are RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE and DOING EXACTLY WHAT LIFE HAS CALLED YOU TO DO. Gosh…*deep breath*. I cannot tell you how many times I have questioned this over the past few years, and it’s a complete weight lifted from my shoulders to allow myself to feel confident in my decision to be an entrepreneur. And you can too. You are allowed to know that YOU HAVE VALUE and YOU HAVE WORTH.
But, you have to realize, the road ahead is bumpy and will be filled with highs and lows. And, that’s OKAY. Good things take time! Unfortunately, this is something that took me a while to learn, and in the past, I defined myself as a failure due to not being a full blown success overnight. Can you say #MillennialMentality? Yeah, I’m not proud of this… but after talking with other young entrepreneurs, I’ve come to realize its a trend amongst our kind. We gain the confidence to put ourselves out there, and the second we don’t receive the response expected, we spiral into an identity crisis, and feed ourselves the lie that we have failed.
In the beginning, it’s very typical to showcase your work and not receive the response you expected. When you find yourself lacking the reaction you desire, here are 2 things you shouldn’t do. (not that I have any experience here *cough cough*)
- - Do not allow yourself to be so cocky that you blame your audience for your failure.
- - Do not allow yourself to give up.
Not receiving the response you were expecting is often confused for a bad thing, when really it’s once of the greatest moments that can happen in your early career. And what makes you a REAL entrepreneur is responding positively and using it as inspiration! Realizing that you do not shit gold, and that you will not be a success overnight is a blessing, and its something that took me WAY too long to understand. But, rather than giving up, I decided to work harder and seek out guidance on how to move forward. Learn from those who have gone before you and apply their teachings. But whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP!
Because, here’s the deal. Though brave, it’s NOT EASY to venture down the path of being your own boss. It comes with many challenges and questionable emotions. But at some point, if you persist, YOU WILL find your perfect clientele and they will support you. I urge you to humble yourself. Know that building a successful business takes time. It will not be figured out overnight, in a week, in a month or even a year. I am still working out kinks and plan to continue learning as I go. But, if you just allow yourself confidently tackle the high and low periods, you will get there. And just when you start to feel insecure, remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Regardless of where you are in our entrepreneurial walk, you are right where you are supposed to be. Find the confidence to believe in this, and you will succeed.