As an entrepreneur I always had the opportunity to travel. Before you start to envy me I want to tell you there is a good and bad side to traveling. The good side to traveling is being able to travel and earn money. On the other hand the bad side is having to trust either friends or the internet to give you great information on places to eat and sleep. Thus far I have to admit the internet hasn’t let me down.
Bad weather and ending up in unfamiliar places are the two things that I absolutely hate. I guess I can say that they are my worst fears. In other words I don’t like ending up in places that look deserted or like a bad scary movie. On my recent travel, not only was I faced with pouring rain but I took an exit per my GPS and the location looked a little weird to say the least. Potholes in the street, people walking around looking dazed, cars on the street looked to be either stranded or the cars had flat tires. After telling me to take the wrong exit my GPS lost it’s signal. So here I was in the middle of nowhere land with rain pouring down and I didn’t have a signal for my phone or GPS. At that very moment I started to doubt myself. I started to ask myself did I select the right hotel. I started to question all of my judgements. “Do I really have to sleep in this place that I’m not really familiar with?” ” Do I have to stay in this area tonight?” I think I felt insecure about my decisions because I was exhausted and had driven close to four hours. Here I was in the middle of a rain and thunder storm which could have been exaggerated on my fear with little to now options. It was at that moment that I was really limited because of my fear of the unknown. I didn’t want to turn around and go home and count my journey as a wasted trip. I started to second guess the whole journey only because I had made one wrong turn. Correction I took one wrong exit. Rushing to get to my destination or should I say DESTINY ,I took the wrong exit. Often times, many of us take wrong turns and exits,hit potholes and etcetera but our pitfalls will never keep us from our true destiny.Depending on how you look
my experience could actually be a life lesson or either a lesson for an entrepreneur.
Here’s what I learned during my recent business trip:
1) Always face your fears: My fears were driving in the rain and ending up in unfamiliar places. However the more I continued to to drive I noticed the rain eventually stopped and as I continued to drive from an unfamiliar to a familiar or atleast a place within my comfort zone. I’m not saying that owning a business is easy but eventually it get easier than giving up.
2) Believe in yourself: Regardless of what you do in your small business.,you have to believe in yourself. You can’t sell anything effectively if you can’t sell you first. People have to believe in you first and then trust what you have to offer.
3) Never give up: Regardless of how bad your journey looks remember that the journey is not over until you reach your destination. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne
Entrepreneur Richard Branson states, “Entrepreneurship requires a special kind of courage — you must face a great deal of uncertainty as you launch and maintain your business. The ability to recognize your fears, assess the causes and then make decisions about how to proceed can mean the difference between success and failure for a new company.”
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LaNette Kincaid is a Marine wife and mother of two, that took on the challenge of owning a business shortly after graduating college. Most of her tips and advice that you will read in our magazine will come from her personal experiences of trial and error. To see more of LaNette’s business and inspirational tips be sure to follow her on Twitter @LaNetteKincaid