In a recent post, we began listing tips from successful entrepreneurs for those hoping to enhance their professional courage. Here are a few more:
- Get a Mentor. Wendy McMonigle of WM Design House explains: “One of the best ways to get out of a career rut is to find a mentor or surround yourself with highly motivated people in your field. Sometimes all we need is to talk to someone who has been through the same circumstances. Encouragement is a great motivator- and having someone hold you accountable for progress can be the fuel that you need to achieve newer and loftier goals.”
- Show Your Passion. Lady Jane’s CEO and Founder Chad Johnson explains that his motto is “Nothing great in life is ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” “I pride myself on my passion for my company and the energy that I bring to our office everyday. If I’m excited, then I know it will be contagious. I really believe that’s what separates someone from being OK to being at a level of greatness.”
- Make Mistakes. “CEOs often share stories of how they started a company or organization in their garage- and then it magically became a multimillion dollar company overnight. But they skip over the hard parts: the sleepless nights, the obstacles and the mistakes made along the way. When I started my company, what kept me going was how I chose to look at those mistakes. A failure is only a true failure if you don’t learn from what it has to teach you,” says SoapBox Soaps CEO and Co-Founder David Simnick.
- Trust Your Instincts. Jane Miller of JaneKnows.com says: “My best advice? Do what feels best for you. Each of us have different motivators that make us happy, and if you understand those, you’ll create a career that’s meaningful. If it’s money that motivates you, you might make different decisions than someone who’s driven by helping others. You can’t make a bad decision- unless you do something unethical!- so long as it moves you in the direction that fills you up. And if you start down a path that turns out wrong, you can always course-correct. That’s the power of being fearless!”