Success breeds success. As a woman in business, my confidence breeds confidence for those I mentor. Coaching psychologist for over 11 years, I cut through the noise, crap and confusion so you're making sharper decisions and getting the results you want. A media commentator & prolific writer, including 2 non-fiction books in mental health, print media articles and a regular travel blog, you can view my TV appearances on www.drceli.com.au and video of my travelers spirit at www.roaminrome.com. As a calculated risk taker myself, I up and moved from Melbourne Australia to Rome, Italy to expand my business further and make the most of my dual citizenship! I'm looking forward to catalyzing your performance.
Oh yes, an entrepreneurs survival kit during the first year... (1) a reliable internet connection and of course the iPhone at a minimum
(2) a real network of support people, personally and professionally. Not "yes" people only, but friends and connections that help you build your resilience to stay in the game. They have a healthy combination of encouraging you and reminding you of your vision and strengths, while also able to give you tough love and pull you into line as you develop your vision and offerings
(3) cash cushion for 3-6 months so you're not stressing on a survival level
(4) Remember WHY you're doing this, your passion and enthusiasm is important to launch into momentum
(5) One key person you trust to really assist you to reconnect to your vision and take you on the mountain top for a review when you're caught in the trenches :-)
Some "weak" habits I've seen in young entrepreneurs include (1) building the product before they know the demand for it, so it goes nowhere and they get disheartened easily. Test the idea/service/product on your target market and hear their feedback to refine your offering (2) taking "negative" feedback personally rather than seeing the GREAT INSIGHT they're receiving into the markets problem and potential obstacles/barriers to them buying. Turn the feedback around into great market research instead. (3) underestimating the strengths they personally and professionally have, while simultaneously keeping an open mind at how something can be done better or more effectively. It's a personal self image and skill set balance to strike. Overall I equate being an entrepreneur as having a flexible, nimble mindset while staying focused on your vision and outcomes. Note, focused doesn't mean "fixed" mindset! Know the WHAT and be open to the HOW....It's an adventure everyday!