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Working with Entrepreneurs: Go Bold or Go Home

When your circumstances change you tend to discern the differences in your environment, like a shift in the light revealing details you didn’t notice before.  As it turns out, I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs. I discovered this about a month ago after I transitioned away from my long-time employer to pursue other opportunities. Here I was changing things up and then (boom!) – entrepreneurs everywhere.

In the past, I worked for companies that were in business for many years.  For whatever reason (I’ve got to get out more), I never had a working relationship with an entrepreneur. Then, within the last couple of months through MWN, I met women in various stages of their corporate careers as well as several women who were in business for themselves.  The business owners stuck out. My observation: Entrepreneurs radiate exuberance (double that for those in start-up mode). These are woman who are on-the-edge-of-their-seats ready to make things happen. These are women who are creating their own future. These are women who are exhausted but in a good way.

You can see it in their eyes.

I never thought working with entrepreneurs would be such a special experience but it is. Here’s what I gleaned so far from enthusiastic and ubiquitous entrepreneurs currently in my life:

  • Sometimes Done is Better Than Perfect: I’m not suggesting that you settle for results that are less than your best effort.  However, you should recognize when it’s time to stop and move on to something else. Perfectionism on the surface looks like progress but moving on to the next task or idea is really what’s going to keep the momentum going.
  • Follow Your Passion: Love what you do. If you don’t know what your passion is, find out. Why? Because it makes working more fun. If you’ve ever worked at something that was soul crushing or counter intuitive to your skill set, you know what I’m talking about. Passion combined with relevant skill makes it that much easier to be successful through challenging times (not a guarantee, just easier).
  • Learn to Pivot: If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it. Change is disruptive but useful because it brings you one step closer to achieving your goals. Shifting strategies is a means to an end.

Are you an entrepreneur or have you worked with one before? If so, share your experience in the comments below. Consider expanding your network through our mentoring program.

Tina Imperial is a public relations manager for MWN, mother and lifelong learner. Based in Indiana, she blogs, manages online communities and assists with furthering business objectives for small companies. An adept relationship manager, Tina also provides creative and strategic support. She tweets about business, social media and digital beauty @imperialtina. In her spare time she cultivates her sense of humor.

 

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