How a Successful Woman Entrepreneur Began Without Investors or Ambition
Sometimes ambition finds us.
I talked with a woman entrepreneur who didn’t begin with a vision to become an entrepreneur.
“I never really had an ambition to start my own business… My mom got a little bit frustrated with me because I wasn’t ambitious… In terms of having big career ambitions, I just didn’t. I came to this entrepreneurship journey in an unexpected way.
It wasn’t that I had this business idea or this business plan. It was more that doors of opportunity were opened to me, and I really began to love the work that I was doing.
The thing that you think you’re going to end up doing isn’t always the thing that you end up doing.”
How a successful woman entrepreneur began without ambition:
#1. Admit you’re a beginning beginner.
“I was just figuring things out. I didn’t really have any expertise that was valuable to anyone.”
- Perfectionism freezes us.
- Learn as you go, not before you go.
#2. Build real relationships.
- Make people feel valuable.
- Be curious about people.
- Don’t ask for anything.
#3. Clarify the value you have to offer as you discover it.
Your inner critic is a heartless jerk that holds you back.
Confront that voice in your head that says, “You can’t do it.”
#4. Look to create opportunities for others.
You create opportunities for yourself by creating opportunities for others.
If you don’t have a compelling vision or driving ambition, seize the next opportunity.
#5. Choose and fuel values for your organization.
“Vision is driven by values.”
“One of the core values I originally chose was the core value of growth. This is about growth as an organization, but it’s also about growth as individuals.”
#6. Continue in your core commitments.
What is your takeaway from a woman entrepreneur who began without investors or ambition?