I have made MANY many mistakes as an entrepreneur. I think that making them is important, but it causes you to reflect upon what you’ve done and how you’re going to go about changing your approach or business tactics.
In saying that, isn’t it nice sometimes to get a bit of a heads up?
Here are the 6 Class Mistakes I’ve Made As Female Entrepreneur!
1. Being a Control Freak
I wanted to do everything. I had such a hard time letting go of being the one that had the final say. Growing my business was a dream of mine. I first started out running my own business and then took on the leadership of other team members.
Bottom line is that you have to ask yourself a couple of important questions:
- ‘Am I willing to die on the mountain for this issue / detail / cause / process?’ — this simple questions reminded me to let go of things that just weren’t important and focus on things what were.
- What are your procedures and how can you create systems / procedures so that you’re not micro-managing every detail?
- It may not be how you would have done it, but is the result one that you can live with?
2. I spent way too much energy trying to fix my weaknesses
I had spent a majority of the early days of my time building my business, and my own career, trying to mitigate and lessen my weaknesses.
Instead of letting go that I wasn’t great at one thing or skill, I would hyper focus on trying to master it. We know that when we hyper focus on trying to minimise our weaknesses, we often do that at the expense of our strengths.
When we exalt our strengths, we grow.
When you align and soar in your innate strengths & talents you will be more productive and often more satisfied with your business. The important aspect of this conversation it that you learn to manage your weaknesses. Either by doing that yourself or by hiring in other team members or outsourcing the skills your don’t have as strengths.
Playing to and within your strengths is magic for many entrepreneurs to finally understand, because it gives you so much more freedom to be yourself.
3. Becoming a work-a-holic
I hustled and worked my health and life into the ground.
I was SO focused on hitting an arbitrary rank of success, that I lost so much of my life.
What I needed to give myself permission to do, was rest & restore.
It’s one of the major focus ares of my coaching, as I coach with many people who would classify themselves as ‘over achievers’ and ‘work horses’. I am one of them as well.
There are always seasons in our live and businesses, but we can’t be working all of the time because it robs our souls of joy and it robs our bodies of health.
4. Winging-it with no clear vision of where I was headed
I flew by the seat of my pants for over 2 years. Whilst it was exciting at times, it’s was EXHAUSTING. I felt like I was always reacting and creating large amounts of new content all the time. I didn’t have a clear vision of how I wanted my social media to look like, themes for my business, consistent approach to mentoring or supporting my team.
It does take intentional balance in the beginning to create flow and systems in your business. But once you do it’s so dang helpful.
Knowing where you want to go and what you want to achieve is really important.
If you’re working hard, work in a direction that feels aligned and future driven.
5. Being too involved in things which sucked my energy
They say ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and I would even write that ‘comparison is the thief of identity’.
It’s VERY easy in the female entrepreneurial space, espeically with so many things being online these days, to get sucked into comparing yourself.
How someone dresses. How much people spend on a coach. How someone’s re-branding looks. What someone is or isn’t producing.
It’s easy. It’s an energy vampire and there are two things that I’d love to offer you.
- Stay In Your Own Lane — focus on what you’re doing and do it well.
- Lift other women up and get over yourself (or unfollow if you can’t).
So those are my 5 Mistakes that I’ve made as a female entrepreneur, coach and business owner. If you are able and committed to the process of reflection and growth you will gain so much insight into the lessons that our mistakes afford.
I’d love to know, what are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made in your career / business building path? What were the biggest lessons?
I’d love to offer you a little something to take what I’ve spoken about even further. If this is an area that you can identify with, lets work together on some mindset areas. I have created a ebook resource + audio education snippet on ‘9 Ways To Kick-Start Your Business’ for you.
This resource is jam-packed with intentional reflections and is supported with my educational audio snippet.
Feel free to grab it here, I’m excited for you to take this conversation further.