dreamjobEarlier this year, I wrote an article about 9 lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur. Let’s take some time to highlight some of what we’re grateful for as well.

LARGE NUMBER OF FORMAL AND INFORMATIONAL NETWORKING GROUPS

Look at the number of groups available to help us learn what we need to know, find highly qualified suppliers for the products and services we are seeking, and meet and network on a regular basis, both in person and online. Can you imagine trying to be successful in your business without this? And what about the encouragement, support and positivity we share with each other? When you have those days when you’re tempted to give up – could you imagine trying to do it on your own and without the belief our fellow entrepreneurs have in us – and we have in them?

PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CREATING THE LIFE YOU WANT

Instead of just working for someone else and seeing our career progression as one of moving sideways or up the corporate ladder, we can tap into our passions and skills and tie them all together in a way that feels right for us and that contributes to the lives of others. And it’s true, this doesn’t happen overnight, but with each step we take and each time we persist and don’t give up even when we’re tempted to or we’re afraid, we bring ourselves one step closer to that goal. Perhaps even more importantly though, each time we take that step forward, we feel like we are becoming the truest version of ourselves, and it can feel downright amazing!

THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I’VE MET ALONG THE WAY (AND THOSE I HAVE YET TO MEET)

Since starting my own business, I have had the privilege and blessing of meeting people who simply move and inspire me, people who have overcome challenges, people who thrive on helping others, people who bring love and strength to the world and our interactions just by being who they are. They share their wisdom and ideas, and they offer to help you make your dreams a reality – just because they believe in you and your passion that much.

GET TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE REALLY MADE OF

I’m the type of person who likes to reflect and be “self-aware”. Even with that background, entering the entrepreneurship world has been such an eye-opener for me and such an opportunity to start understanding myself even more deeply, and it can be the same for you. You start tapping into resolve, inner strength, determination and resourcefulness that may exceed what you had thought was within you.

When people make negative comments about your business, do you give up or draw on your inner motivation? When people say you should just give up, do you? Or do you remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place? Do you push yourself through your self-doubts? Are you content to just float through your life or have you decided to live on purpose?

What are you grateful for as an entrepreneur? Let me know by leaving a comment!