Do you feel alone in your work? I sometimes do. I feel like if I just had a mentor, someone I could go to on how to sift through all the BS and find gold.
We’re not all lucky enough to plug into successful entrepreneurs. Some of us live in small towns in the middle of nowhere (could you point to Walla Walla, WA on a map?). Thus, if you do live far from civilization, you rely on the internet for advice and inspiration.
Today I’m going to give you some of the best advice I could find. Where does it come from? Certainly not me! There are better entrepreneurs than me.
I’m giving you advice from some truly successful entrepreneurs.
This advice isn’t just for entrepreneurs. It could be for marketers, math tutor, or even the freelancer who just started out.
Let’s learn together.
1. Find Balance
When you strike out on your own, you might be tempted to give to yourself first and foremost. This doesn’t have to mean money, it could meantime. Balance is the word for this section.
Jamyn Edis, founder and CEO of Dash Labs agrees. He says balance is important. That you should give first and then take. You should trust your instincts and do research.
Kindness and directness can go together. You don’t have to skirt the issue like us northwesterners tend to do, but you don’t have to be an ass like New Mexicans tend to be. There is a balance in between.
2. Do All the Things!
I overuse this mental meme. But it seems Jen Yee, director of Startup Institute Chicago and Founder of MBA Social agrees with this meme. She says she did all the things when she first started.
What does she mean? She means she accepted every meeting, went to every speaking engagement, nothing was too small or too big for her.
If you’re serious about building your business, then you need to be out there and making connections. Don’t just wait for the “slam dunk” to appear. You have to jump and slam it yourself.
3. It’s Ultimately Yours
All this advice is great, right? But what happens when advice contradicts what you had in mind?
Brent Grinna, founder of EverTrue says go with your own vision. You are the ultimate decision-maker for your company. You don’t have to follow anyone’s advice.
Mentors provide perspective. They can open up the big picture to you when your view was narrow. But they don’t have all the answers and they don’t know your business like you do.
4. Don’t Seek Out Risk
Risk is part of the job and you should accept it as such. This doesn’t mean you have to go looking for it.
Risk Desai, cofounder of DashFire agrees. Part of an entrepreneur’s job is mitigating risk. If you go looking for it, you’re working against yourself. Don’t work against yourself. You’ll end up tanking your business and you’ll never want to start out again.