3 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Is Not For EveryoneAccording to my research {AKA Google Searches}, this week is recognized by many global organizations as “Entrepreneurship Week.” Lately, I feel like entrepreneurship has been sensationalized and some of the realities associated with this journey aren’t discussed enough, which is why many entrepreneurs suffer in silence.

Choosing this path comes with a lot of freedom and yes, making your own schedule is an attractive aspect of entrepreneurship. However, with this kind of freedom comes a plethora of other aspects that are not-so-attractive and often, extremely difficult to get accustomed to. In today’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday podcast episode, I’ll be highlighting 3 reasons why entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

  1. You have to be detail oriented, but detached from perfectionism.
  2. Rejection shows up on a daily basis.
  3. Most of us are slaves to comparing.
1. You have to be detail-oriented, but detached from perfectionism.

Before I launched the WOWW Campaign podcast, I had to breakup with perfectionism because this was holding me back in more ways than one. When I was creating the podcast, I researched things to-death because I didn’t want to create or publish anything that wasn’t viewed as “perfect.” However, creating a platform from scratch can feel like you’re putting together a puzzle. It requires you to keep the big picture in-mind, while training your mind to think on a micro level and bridge the pieces necessary that’ll make up the end goal. The attention to detail is constant and necessary if you plan to be successful. But if you’re tied to perfection, those details will not only take twice as long to create, they may not even get completed at all. Speed is everything in the beginning stages of a business and if you’re not willing to create, adjust and pivot on a regular basis without taking things personal, entrepreneurship is not for you.

2. Rejection shows up on a daily basis.

Whether or not you’re selling a tangible product, entrepreneurship always requires a sales component. Sometimes you’re selling an idea while other times, you’re selling a service no one has purchased. Unless you’re Oprah’s child or have a last name that’s known globally, you’ll probably be the only one that’s going to have blind faith in your idea. Family and friends not showing the support you thought they would is a form of rejection and yes, it’s painful. Potential clients not returning an email or phone call is also a form of rejection. Reality is, rejection shows up on a daily basis when you’re an entrepreneur. Today, we live in a world where ‘likes’ dictate our popularity, which is having a negative impact on the mental state of many people around the world. If you’re sensitive to these things or the idea of rejection overwhelms you with fear, entrepreneurship is not for you.

3. Most of us are slaves to comparing.

Social media has made it easy for people to analyze strangers, which has created a vicious cycle of comparing and contrasting. The truth is there will always be someone more successful or more attractive than you. If you have any type of physical insecurity, this can be enhanced due to social media. The same applies for entrepreneurs because competitors also have access to the number of ‘followers’ and growth a business is experiencing. In order to be successful, we have to stay in our lane and commit to focused productivity. Entrepreneurs can’t afford to waste time looking at what their neighbor is doing because not only is it time consuming, it’s counterproductive. If you’re a slave to comparing in any way, entrepreneurship is not for you.


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