I share what I know about entrepreneurship, being a woman in business, about healing and treating yourself right. That it’s OK to be both a wreck and on a road of recovery and discovery.
I coach a lot of small business owners, and with women especially, this topic comes up again and again. It’s “How do I not sound mean?” I’m here to tell you, it’s time to call BS on this one.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, business owner, an ambitious, driven person, it’s inevitable, you will have to have difficult conversations.
Conversations about money, letting people go, choosing what’s the best way to move forward for your business. And that last one may mean some career partnerships aren’t going to last. Hey, some personal relationships may not last.
You may start to beat yourself up over figuring out the right thing to say, about when to say it, and if it’s too late to stand your ground. You may be afraid of being labeled as “difficult.” A number of people I’ve consulted struggle with this.
I have a lot of hangups, judgments and, well, let’s say stuff, about today’s successful “entrepreneurs.” Namely, influencers who have figured out marketing strategies around branding themselves and have created multi-million dollar businesses from it.
And yet, I envy them.
WORKING FOR PRESTIGE
I’ve worked at two coveted agencies. World-leading, top-tier agencies that many people fight to get their foot into the door. They are the stuff that Mad Men was built on. Red Sky Interactive was at the top of the first internet boom in San Francisco when I first got out of art school and joined them as a Designer. My first project was for Nike, then Miller Lite, then Sutterhome and Absolut. These are the names that any creative wants in their portfolios. These are the names that every household knows and has come to respect. It was proof that what I was doing for a living mattered.
From there I headed to Los Angeles and got a...