As an entrepreneur, you strive every day to live an authentic life, tapping into your passions to make a difference in the world. Project Bold Life was created by Dawna Stone with you in mind, to help you live BOLD on your entrepreneurial journey. By living BOLD, you are living a successful, purposeful life to your fullest potential.
Some days living the BOLD life can be easier than others when you are starting, growing, selling or investing in businesses. As we settle into the new year, it’s a great time to reset and reflect on how you can live your life to the fullest as an entrepreneur. To help you get started, here are some of the ways the Hunter Business Law team has lived, and have helped clients live, a BOLD life.
- Have a Strong Mindset
It’s important to wake up every day with intent, as well as an action plan for how you will get closer to your goal. Entrepreneurship isn’t easy so it’s important to push forward no matter the hurdles or frustrations that may rise to meet you. Always keep in mind that you are not alone in this journey, and remember to have gratitude and appreciation for everything that comes your way, good and bad, because those are the moments that will shape you and your entrepreneurial story.
- Develop Meaningful Relationships
Having a supportive group of peers and mentors who don’t sugar-coat the truth are important for entrepreneurs. Many entrepreneurs worry about keeping their ideas and challenges close to them for fear of being too vulnerable or for fear of competition. However, a trusted group of advisors can help you to thrive. You can find a mentor or group organically by showing a genuine interest in others. When we share and learn from others, we help each other grow and flourish.
- Give Back
When you share your strengths with the world, everyone wins. Although it may seem difficult to find the time to get involved with an organization, to volunteer, or to share resources, there are ways to gift your strengths to others in an unburdensome manner, so long as you remain mindful. Seek out organizations, groups, and events that allow you to exercise your passions and your strengths, and ideally are a good fit for your personal and business brand. Just be mindful not to over commit as that will only add unnecessary stress factors.
- Seek Out Knowledge
Entrepreneurs should embrace lifelong learning as a means to find inspiration and gain knowledge for the next step on the journey. When your passions converge with your profession, you will naturally gravitate to learn about your craft and improve your skills. Read books, listen to podcasts, and follow leading influencers and publishers in your industry. Share what you find to be of high value with your colleagues to infuse a culture of learning into your workplace.
- Find Your Niche
Focus can be difficult as an entrepreneur, but when you can become an expert in a certain area, the return is well worth the focus. You may not find your niche on the first try, but as you build relationships, give back, and seek out knowledge, you will continue to learn about what excites you, and how you can best tap into who you are from an authentic standpoint. Finding your niche will help you to become your most authentic self, which will really resonate with others.
Entrepreneurship and small business ownership is an incredible journey. There will always be challenges and fears, but never forget that you are not alone. Find a team that shares in the excitement and the adventure, and that can best serve you and maximize the return on your hard work. Now go live your BOLD life!