Moguls & Mogulettes,
It's easy to be seduced by the freedom that comes with being an Entrepreneur. But it's not a part time job. Hell, it's not even a full-time job. It's a lifestyle; a brutal one at that. You have to be flexible, adaptable, and willing to learn. Since you're reading this, my guess is that at least one of those describe you.
With that being said, here are 5 things that I've found to be crucial to the success that I've met as a young professional. With the right execution, I'm confident they can help make your entrepreneurial journey a little easier.
1. Criticism is the gift you didn't know you needed.
....or wanted. From now on, I suggest you learn to love it. Sure, the truth might be ugly, but you can use that bad boy to your advantage. A little opposition never hurt anyone. Plus, it will keep you humble enough to change your mind. Trust your instincts, but also be open to the idea that your way may not be the best, after all. That the execution may not always match the intentions. The next time you get (constructively) criticized, I want you to allow yourself to believe that the criticism is accurate, even if you totally disagree. Assume that they were right about whatever it is they said. Recognize the opportunity for self-improvement and seize it. Ask yourself, "What can I do to fix it? How can I better myself?" By doing so, you will be able to think more purposefully about the work you do and how you do it.
2. You make the business, the business doesn't make you.
No matter what path you decide to follow in life, you need to keep a firm grip on your sense of identity and self worth. It's crucial that you always remember that you are NOT defined by any one job, one idea, or one thing. As an entrepreneur, you will likely invest your blood, sweat, and tears into your business, as you should. But let me warn you, Entrepreneurship is risky and unpredictable. Understand that the only thing that is guaranteed is failure. So you need to know that if you were to lose it all tomorrow, your sense of self worth and identity would remain strong. YOU are the center of your company. Not the other way around. You should be telling yourself, "Without me, this company would be nothing." Success will follow you. Don't doubt that.
3. Achievement can be used as a platform for more achievement.
Some people put a limit on their drive. They reach their goal, then they hit cruise control and relax. Don't get me wrong, that's totally fine if that fits your idea of success! But if your entrepreneurial spirit is anything like mine, it doesn't. Beyond the short celebration period that follows an accomplishment, that feeling of contentment can be dangerous and misleading. It will hold you in one place if you let it. That's why I try my absolute best not to let it linger. I tend to congratulate myself and in the very same breath ask "what's next?" because I naturally think of one achievement as being the foundation for the next. The way I see it, I'm building my own ladder to success, step by step. Better yet, building my empire, brick by brick.
4. Expanding your resources is crucial.
Some of you have only just started your journey. It is perfectly normal for you to have little to no resources aside from your budding entrepreneurial spirit and the skills you already possess. As an Entrepreneur, expanding these resources should always be one of your top priorities. Always. For me, the best and by far the most effective way to do so was by finding a mentor. Mentors have valuable knowledge and experience, and an established network of connections that can literally make every difference in the world. They can help guide you on your entrepreneurial journey in a way that others simply can't. Whether it be a professional in your field of study, a local entrepreneur, or a successful family friend, I strongly suggest you start your search for a mentor. I've been learning from my mentor, Evan, for a year now. We speak at least once a month, more if need be. He has prepped me for interviews, he has helped me develop skills that I previously struggled with, he has listened to and supported my ideas. He's also given me valuable feedback and has been a true asset to both my personal & professional development.
5. Opportunities are rarely presented in a perfect way.
Don't you wish they all could all come with little notes attached, saying "Here, you'll love this one!" or "No, don't do it!" Yeah, well me too. Unfortunately for us, it's quite the opposite. Opportunities will usually appear to be confusing; scary or adverse, even hard to recognize. As entrepreneurs, our ability to seize an opportunity is crucial to our success! Give yourself some credit here, because not everyone can leverage opportunities in their favor. Entrepreneurs thrive by capitalizing on the best ones. If an opportunity is not available to us then we make it available, like the bad-ass we are. Duh.
Before you go...
I know that there is no single cookie-cutter approach to Entrepreneurship. With any luck, these tips will resonate with you and prove themselves to be useful.
Wishing you the best of luck, Entrepreneurs! May you reach the success you deserve.
The Corporette Goddess
Happy #WorkingWomanWednesday to all my boss baes! Shout out to you ladies!
Today, I really want to talk about how I have balanced professionalism & my personal style. Hopefully you guys get some ideas about how to stand out in the professional world, too! Corporations are notorious for crushing individuality, so this isn't as easy as it sounds. Keep reading to find out how I have incorporated my personal style into, well... pretty much everything I do.
Okay, I hope ya'll know your movies. You know that scene in Legally Blonde, where Elle Woods turns in a pink, scented resumé? I AM ELLE. Like, this is THE perfect example of what I want to encourage on my blog! I'm not saying you should turn in a colored resume on your first interview. I'm saying if that is you, then DO YOU. Don't give up what makes you, you for the professional world. There is a way to be sassy AND classy. But again, you HAVE to know your work environment! If your judgement is off, you could completely sabotage yourself. USE DISCRETION PLEASE.
"I have never been a less is more type of gal."
So, i'm not sure if you guys have noticed, but I ahhh-dore any and everything gold. If you know me, or follow me on social media, you know that my nickname is Goldie. That is why TCG's logo is gold; just like my room, all of my school supplies, most of my clothes and all of my jewelry. Silver is just not something I do. I have a color scheme to my entire life, and I try to stick with it. With that being said, any opportunity I have to give something a little touch of gold, I definitely will.
For example, my business cards are both gold and black. I'm in the process of ordering new ones again, and those are probably going to be all gold. We'll see. My personal stationary, what I use for my follow-up thank-you notes, have my full name embossed in gold across the top, with a gold border. I am in LOVE with them. See, my colors work for me, because I can do subtle hints of gold, and still obviously look very polished. It's a little different than the pink resume, but it is unique. It is me. Every one I work with picks up on that very quickly. Side Note: I kind of want a gold resume now. Stay tuned.
As far as accessories go, I have never been a less is more kind of gal. Ever. More sparkles, more glitter, more LIFE! I'm sorry, I had to. What was I saying? Oh yeah...I like alotta bling. I like big earrings. I like statement pieces. I know I can't be the only one. I'm just the only one in my office. Or maybe I'm just the only one whose young enough and dumb enough to take fashion risks at work. Oh well! I even found myself a cute brown and gold briefcase. I carry it even when it's empty to be honest. I feel more official with it in my hand! This is including office accessories! My totes, pens, supplies and folders are always gold too. If I could re-decorate, everything would be gold!
What else is there? Oh! My nails. I have had acrylic nails consistently for about two years now. I like the way they look, all polished and cute. They complete any look. Anyway, my nails are almost always some shade of gold. Light gold, yellow-gold, bronze-gold, gold chrome, etc. It's just how I like them and so that's how they stay. As for length, I don't really care for short nails. Before an interview or presentation, i will cut them down. On a day-to-day basis though, I keep my nails at a medium length. I know, this goes against every rule of professional attire. Just know that I have never really been one to stick to a dress code.
I've been pretty lucky in that I have never had a boss or co-worker say something negative about my nails. In fact, I get a lot of compliments. Now, this probably only slides because my color of choice is a metal and is still sophisticated looking. If your color is blue, I would not suggest wearing blue nails in a professional setting! Like I have said before, just because it works for me, does not mean it will work for you.
If you're looking to spice up your professionalism, then please make sure you know the rules and customs at that company. When appropriate, take an open opportunity to step out of the box. Whatever you do, just make sure you do it well, and look good doing it!
I hope Elle & I have given you the inspiration to do things your own way. Everything is so much more fun that way! Even when thinking about this blog, I try to write from a business perspective, while still trying to mix in a dash of vitamin Me. I enjoy finding ways to bring my personal style into my work space and my projects! Figure out how you can can make the professional world work for you, not the other way around!
Continue to shine ladies!💋✨
In this week's #TakeActionTuesday post, I gave you guys a few tips that have definitely allowed me to hold my own in a room full of Business men, investors, lawyers, etc. Now I wanna share the deets about what apps I use for some of my time management skills & maximizing my productivity/efficiency! This is super important because we all know that when productivity is up, profits usually follow....
These are my top 5 favorite (free) apps as far as productivity/efficiency goes! You may already be familiar with them, but if not, I hope you get as much use out of them as I do!! They make life a lot easier.
Give them a try. Let me know what you think, and if you think they help! I pretty much use all of these every day. Hopefully you guys find them as helpful as I do!
Best of luck on getting that productivity (and profit) up!✨💋
Being an entrepreneur is a dream that many people have, but few actually work towards. I'm not going to lie to you. It is hard as hell. You have to be disciplined and you have to focus! Your personal life? Gone. Friends? What friends??
I'm being dramatic, but no, really. It takes a certain mindset to realize that you determine your success. The work you put it could come back to you ten times over! Invest in yourself and your business!
I've got a few tips to help you envision and create that mindset that leads to success in Business!!
1. Find your why. Why are you doing this? Why is your business important to you? Why are you sacrificing and putting in so much work? Having a clear picture of your mission allows you to better visualize and actually achieve your goals! If you know your purpose, you have defined your business. Side note: This is a great first prep for making a goal list, or a vision/mission statement!
2. Write as often as you can. This is a great exercise for self-reflection. I bought a journal with writing prompts, and every Sunday night I answer one. This allows me to prepare for the week ahead, and reflect on the one that has passed. Write down your thoughts and take time to reflect on them. What challenges did you overcome this week? What do you want people to remember about you? What does the best version of your life look like? Who is important to you in this version of your life?
3. Visualize the best version of yourself. Focus on your vision. What qualities do you like about yourself? How are you different now than the best version of yourself? What steps could you take to get yourself there? Would you spend your time on the same things you do now?Use your answers as a guide towards actively bettering yourself!!
4. Designate time for social media/friends. Time management is key. If you're really going to take your business to the next level, you're going to have to put a lot of time into it. It can be hard to focus on your work when you're constantly checking social media or your text messages. This is something that can really cut down on your productivity!! Set a time for being social, checking emails, making calls, etc. Mentally hold yourself accountable and stick to those times! Tell your friends you will call them back during that time. If you need to put your phone on Do Not Disturb, do it. This is you really need to focus!
5. When you need a break, take it. I'm not even gonna sugar coat it. There will be times when you're fed up, tired, and just over everything about your business. That's okay. We all have that moment...trust me, this too shall pass. It is so important that you don't become a slave to your business, or craft. When you stop enjoying it, take a step back. Gain perspective. Clear your mind. It is okay to walk away, and come back feeling refreshed and renewed. Your business will only ever be as strong as you are. Take care of yourself. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Hold on to your happiness and passions. The Business world can eat them alive.
I hope this has helped!! Stay strong Moguls/ Mogulettes.
Excellence Challenge: Write a vision statement for yourself. Not your business, yourself. Focus on your most admirable qualities. Use your answers from #3 if you need to!
Best of luck!
Mogulettes,this post is for you!
I have found that taking part in any/all extra classes (online and off-campus) and webinars/seminars, conferences, lectures and speakers that I can find, has helped me secure the bag in a BIG way!! It really is all about furthering your education, especially if you're stepping into the Business world. A world that is mad competitive, btw... (And I'm sure I don't have to tell you the glass cieling for women). The reality is that the classroom is just never going to get you above and beyond where you need to be--if anything, they'll only supply you with the bare minimum. And in the real world, the bare minimum won't get you that high-paying, 6-figure job. Sorry, but it's true. So yes, you can just get through school without supplementing your knowledge off campus, but you will only be average. And being average is not how we become Mogulettes! And it's definitely not how you get to the top of the corporate ladder (while wearing heels).
I'll just go ahead and tell you from my own experience, that there won't be too many people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. But those who do (like me), aren't coming to play with you child. Competition will be fierce (and so will my outfit). So you should aim for learning as much about your craft or area of interest as possible, and building on to/adding new skills. Find people who are offering classes or webinars in your field and learn something new!! Gain some experience! Go the extra mile, and I promise it will pay off! Plus, you can usually add it to the ole resume, so that's even more of a bonus.
So, using that self-improving, self-teaching mindset, I have picked my top 3 favorite Ted Talks for female Entrepreneurs. They are for women, by women (and each speaker has successfully established herself in the Business world). Each video has helped me in some way, & I hope you find them useful too! Take some time, check them out! Let me know what you think!! The link for the videos are below:
1) Sheryl Sandberg on, "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders":
2) Amy Cuddy on, "How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are":
3) Brene Brown on, "The Power of Vulnerability":
Don't forget to comment and let me know what you think/ something new that you learned!
For my over achieving Mogulettes, I want you to find 3 different helpful videos to further your learning!! If you find that you absolutely love one, send it to me, and I'll put it on the blog!