Happy Monday everyone,
This morning we thought we would add in a few tips for all those aspiring female entrepreneurs/young professionals out there. We wanted to spread a bit of advice and love for anyone who is starting out in the business world, interning, or wants to start their own business (which doesn’t get any easier with age- trust us!). These are definitely more emotional than practical pointers, though, so for more practical tips on topics like how to start a business- feel free to check out our start a business series.
- Be Macro Urgent, and Micro patient
This is a really important tip that was passed to us by none other than Gary Vaynerchuck, who you might not view to be a likely source of inspiration for Charlotte London given his style. But Gary is a great entrepreneur, and he is right on this one.
With jobs, careers, or businesses, it’s easy to get frustrated if things don’t move as fast as you’d like. Particularly in this age, we’re conditioned to be impatient. It’s important to remember that most people who are successful have years of experience trying and failing things, and so when you’re in the middle of building your career or starting a business, it’s really important to retain perspective.
Everyday should be a rush and a hustle, and everyday you should be up pushing towards your goals and dreams, but you also have to remember those old expressions: things take time, it’s a marathon not a sprint, and everything happens for a reason. Try and maintain this patience and positivity and remember to keep sight of the big picture. However, make sure to put in 1000 percent everyday, because that’s the stuff that will get you where you’re going.
2. Be Open Minded and Eager to Learn
You never know what’s going to happen, or where you’re going to be in 5 years. Even if you have a plan, things change, and you just don’t know. Be open to opportunities, and be eager in whatever profession you are in to learn, as you never know where that might lead you. Talk to everyone and learn from everyone, and try things that you wouldn’t normally try. Take advice from mentors, family and friends. Listen to everyone. This doesn’t mean that you have to follow everyone’s advice by the way, but when you’re finding your feet in any new industry or career, you can learn a lot just from staying humble and listening. Be eager and open minded, and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn and how many doors will open for you.
This is a really important one, and might contradict what we’ve said above. It is true, life is full of change, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have goals and dreams. Be clear about what your goals and dreams are, and do everything in your power to get them, but don’t be surprised if they change along the way, or you begin to value different things. Everyday, remind yourself of the two or three things you really want, and focus on what you can do that day to get there. Focus and determination are very important in the first few years of your career. For most people, these years involve set backs or life changes or unexpected things happen. Focus on your goals and trust that you’ll end up where you’re supposed to.
4. Be yourself
Yes, it’s important to blend in with any new office, and yes, it’s important to change and grow, however, it’s also important to be yourself, and be open and honest with yourself. It’s fine to be feminine and also work in a male dominated profession. It’s okay to be a feminist and interested in cosmetics. Your life is whatever you want it to be, and there are no rules except the ones you set for yourself (and maybe don’t go around stealing things or putting staplers in jelly, as that might not make you many friends). This one get’s easier with age, but it’s especially important in the formative years of your career to do things because they are your interest or your dreams, and not someone elses. There are too many people in the world who take a step back at age 40 and realise they have been doing things for other people their whole lives. Don’t be one of them.
And that’s it from us today! We have a lot of lovely young female entrepreneurs or professionals who follow us, and so we wanted to do a post especially for you today. We hope you loved some of the advice.
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