Believing in Yourself Throughout the Entrepreneurial Journey
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Spread Your Sunshine Founder Melanie S. Griffin, Esq. recently delivered a keynote address to That Entrepreneur Show podcast with host Vincent A. Lanci. As further detailed in the recording, “Attorney and Business Woman of the Year Ends Season 10," this presentation provides insight into how to be ready for life’s curve balls, as well as rejection. Receiving a “no” from a potential partnership can be devastating, but don’t let it knock you out of the game completely.
When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there will certainly be ups and downs, especially when you’re first starting out and trying to navigate your way through it all. Over time you will learn what is right for you and your business, as well as how to have a healthy work-life balance. Podcasts and audiobooks can be of great value to your growth, as much of what you will encounter has already been experienced by so many people. It helps to listen to other’s testimonies regarding their own journeys and can provide great insight into your own.
Spread Your Sunshine was founded four years ago when Melanie made the decision to go “Of Counsel” at her corporate law firm, in order to free up more time and dedicate herself to being committed to empowering others with the confidence to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. Just a few years in, she was thrown a curve ball along with the rest of the world, when Covid-19 hit. The ability to speak and sell products in public places disappeared almost overnight and this forced her to reevaluate how she could connect with her community in different ways. Having focused pre-pandemic on products and in-person speaking engagements, Melanie pivoted by hosting webinars and podcasts, including interpreting the rapid-fire laws introduced by Congress and disseminating information to help businesses survive, and even thrive, in the new business environment.
Adapting in these situations is imperative to continue succeeding as an entrepreneur, you always have to be ready to pivot when necessary. As Darryl Bloodworth, an attorney in Orlando, Florida said, “Your life, particularly your professional life, is not a sprint, it is a marathon.” Most of us (arguably all of us) have a time limit on how long we can do multiple things well. While it is subjective, at some point you will get burned out and drop the ball. It’s crucial to recognize as early as possible where you wish to invest your time and where it’s best to step back, so that you can be in alignment with what is most important to you and your quality of life. And, that answer is different for everyone.
Believe in yourself. Not everyone will say “yes.” In fact, many say “no” or may not respond at all. For example, Melanie recently planned a webinar that was similar to one contemplated by another organization. She therefore reached out, suggesting a collaboration. The other organization was not receptive, responding that Melanie did not have the skillset. This could have easily set her back and she could have internalized the rejection. Instead, she chose to believe in herself. She produced the webinar on her own because she knew she not only had the skillset, but also the expertise and audience demand.
Similar to the forgoing, view “no’s” as a “no for right now,” or a “no” for that particular partnership, not as a “no, you’re not meant to be doing it.” It’s only practice for the inevitable “yes.”
Hopefully these thoughts have provided insight on how to be ready to deal with some of the curveballs that entrepreneur life may throw your way, like, “How is cryptocurrency taxed in Australia?” Practice reevaluation regularly and be ready to continue believing in yourself with the same vigor as you did when you started.
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