Congratulations! You’re a Professional Amateur Entrepreneur.
The title above is in no way a derisive means of being snarky — nor is it sarcasm.
I mean it.
Congratulations for doing what you have always wanted in life- wherever the wind had sent you. Congratulations for being you and following your dreams even when the world told you that you put the “cray” in crazy.
If you’ve made it to this point as an entrepreneur, you have come far. You may not be a professional entrepreneur yet, but you can still find ways to hone your skills of being at the very least: a professional amateur entrepreneur.
For all of you struggling entrepreneurs, this is for you. Hopefully you find humor in my attempts at learning the trade.
Here’s my list on how to be an entrepreneur — rookie style:
- Scrambled to figure out what to do as a possible side hustle/entrepreneurial venture/hobby idea.
- Started reading articles from writers who consistently post such as Benjamin P. Hardy, Nicolas Cole, Tom Kuegler, Yunzhe Zhou, Nick Maccarone, Reece Robertson, Jane Harkness, Lori McCray, Pauline Harley, and Tiffany Sun just to name a few.
- Felt guilty when I accidentally missed the latest posts of the writers I follow and/or writers who follow me.
- Commented or clapped if I had made a connection to any articles.
- Took notes and highlighted key takeaways.
- Outlined the “why” of what I am doing (I should have warned you that this list wasn’t going to be linear).
- Wrote down skills I’m good at/expertise that I could share with others.
- Re-worded these skills into services.
- Impulsively bought a book called “The Conquer Kit” by Natalie MacNeil— it was pretty and I’m a sucker for anything aesthetically pleasing… like books with color, graphic organizers, pictures…
- Impulsively bought another book: “Side Hustle” by Chris Guillebeau.
- Serendipitously remembered “The Alchemist” and the wisest of the wise men’s advice to Santiago: ‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon” … while purchasing the books at the counter.
*Fast forward in time*
14. Attended a networking workshop that had me create an example flyer.
15. Left the “Accomplishments” area blank because it dawned on me: “Crap. I have NO idea what my accomplishments are. Struggling teacher who survived her first year??”
16. Took a deep breath. Exhaled.
17. Reminded myself to remember my serendipitous remembrance of remembering “The Alchemist”.
18. Started working on my lesson plans for the following day and finished. Check.
19. Now I’m here: Writing and building a portfolio to share as much as I know with you all, and looking forward to the process of learning more.
There will be many times where you will feel like you are going the wrong way as an aspiring entrepreneur. But “wrong way” is better than no way at all or staying in one place.
This was my “faking” it until I make it list.
Please share yours.
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