Build with me – Day 3 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 3
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 3

On day 3 of my journey to build my business SalesTrainerIn I mainly focused on the learning material for my Hogan qualification, a personality assessment.

As some of you might know I am already qualified for psychometrics and am a registered user with British Psychology Society since last summer. However, as my business services do heavily focus on psychometrics and personality assessments I picked a Hogan qualification as I believe this is the best available on the market. I will do the qualification this time in Germany so that I can best work both markets – UK and my home country Germany.

Identity or reputation?

While I did the pre-course learning material I came across a very interesting insight.

There are two different ways how every person can be seen.

  1. How the person sees herself / himself (Identity) and
  2. How other people see this person (Reputation)

Which of both does matter more? Personality Assessments tend to be self reports. This means the person answers questions about herself / himself. What gave me some food for thought tho is the statement by R. Hogan “people hire us, fire us, marry us, loan us money, and otherwise support us based on our reputations”.

This does mean in the end it is not important how we see ourselves, but it is more important how others see us. How others observe our behaviours.

Hogan reports focus on what others say about us. I believe it is absolutely relevant for everyone to know how we are perceived by others. Especially in situations when we are under pressure and stressed.

Have you made a personality assessment yet? Did you get a proper feedback that has helped you to understand better who are you? To help you understand how others see you? To understand better what motivates you? To understand better in which working environment you perform best?

All these are questions I will hopefully will find some answers to on my journey – maybe you’d like to share your personal experiences with me either here or via stephanie@salestrainerin.com.

Anyways, these questions have definitely ensured me that I am absolutely on the right track to create a meaningful business with purposeful services.

And, I created my first ever Facebook Ad. How exciting! Eek! 😉

Build with me – Day 2 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1

This has been day 2 of my journey to become an entrepreneur. I sticked with my tactic to pick my 3 most important things to do, frogs to eat and focus on getting them done. This worked pretty alright. I focused for example on the preparation for my qualification course next week. A lot of reading to do and it got me even more excited to use those tools.

Differences between corporate world and being out there on your own

I have to admit it already does feel super different. And it’s not only easy. Someone like me who has worked in the corporate world for more or less 10 years is definitely used to a different style of working and thinking.

For example working hours – there is of course no one who would dictate me when to work and how many hours to work etc. but it does feel a bit weird to head to the Gym during lunch or any other “unproductive” hour. I am aware that it’s the right thing to do, to make the best use of your own energy level at any given time but it still feels “different”. And even home offices do feel differently than being an entrepreneur.

Another thing is the freedom. As an employee you agree to pre-defined goals and targets. You have regular reviews. Short, you get controlled in one way or another. I have to keep track of myself. Set not only my own targets but also set the targets and mission of a company. I have to keep the bigger picture in mind and am literally my own boss. It does feel good though but it’s really different.

What goes along with the freedom is the kind of responsibility. When working in a corporate environment you are mainly at least 2 people if not more than 500,000 people within the same company. Your desk is pretty specialised. It can be a bit more general – depending on the company size but you never need to pay attention to all areas of the business. When you are self-employed you have to. You might outsource some things but you still have to be aware of potential risks.

Thoughts?!

In general I believe it’s a great challenge to become an entrepreneur and I am more than happy I have accepted this opportunity. Let’s roll.

You can read everything about my first day as on my journey here.

BWM Build with me – Day 1 as a full-time entrepreneur

 

BWM - Build with me SalesTrainerIn Day 1
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1

Welcome to my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur. I am happy you are here. So, this has been day 1 and it was exciting!

I woke up today, realising that it’s now serious and realised I am scared. It’s actually pretty funny as I knew this of course before but this morning I could feel the pressure. Glad I could calm down quickly. So first thing I did was quickly going grocery shopping to get some healthy supplies. Back home, after my short “commute” I got started – pretty unglamorous I reviewed my 3 most important tasks for the day and committed to them.

I finished all of my minimum to dos and had even published the spontaneous post “You don’t have the x-factor“. I realised when you run your own business it’s pretty tough to stick to your schedule. You are suddenly responsible for everything, which means you have to go to the bank, manage your social media accounts, setup your professional networks appropriately and manage all those while building meaningful relationships and do your day-to-day job to earn the money. This is of course not a super new and unexpected realisation but I can tell you it does feel totally different when it happens. So, all together the day was pretty overwhelming and I decided to just power through it and do all the other bits on my mind. I ate all the frogs as Brian Tracy would say.

I guess what really helped for getting started was planning ahead. Last week I made a “brain dump” list. I collected every task that was on my mind that needed to be done, and wrote them down in a notebook. Yes, old school with pin and paper! Who is doing it this way as well? Hands up! 😉 This list helps me to declutter my brain, focus on more important and urgent tasks without always having some to dos in mind. I pick every day a couple of those tasks that I can combine easily and set them as my minimum to do. The most unwanted tasks first. When I have accomplished everything I can go over to the things more fun.

 

“You don’t have the X-factor”

So, today is the day!

After having hired myself I am now out there on my own, taking full responsibility of my life and living my dream. Just while I was about to write this blog post to kick off my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur” I received an email with the content

you are a great presenter, there is no doubt about that, but you don’t have the X-factor in your presentation talent that I am looking for. Please note that this is subjective and specific…“.

OK, so I am lacking the mysterious x-factor, which is subjective and specific… What does this mean? I have no idea. And I am certainly not too sure whether I should care enough to figure it out. Anyways, I decided not to care.

Rejection – now and then

In earlier days such a rejection would have eventually meant that I would think about the meaning of this phrase for ages, eventually would have feed potential doubts whether I am doing the right thing, whether I am the right person to go this step.

Today this message only gave me a massive push! A “watch me do what I was told I couldn’t” kind of push. It’s a subjective way to say “no, you are not the best match for this opportunity”. That’s it and that’s fine.

Actually this message has given me also an amazing intro for the original post topic I had planned to publish – my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur”. I truly believe being an Entrepreneur is a lot about being your own biggest believer, knowing about your x-factor, setting goals and smashing them.

Entrepreneurship – less glamour, more hard work

Entrepreneurship combines a mix of rejection, learning not to please everyone, raising up after failure, making mistakes in the first instance, learning, trust and on going hustle and hard work.

So, today is my first “official” day as an entrepreneur. This doesn’t mean I start totally blank and without a plan but I have no longer an employer who is paying for my holidays, my lazy days or anything like this. If I don’t bring enough value, I won’t get paid. As we all know the glorious picture that is painted of Entrepreneurs on Instagram etc. I decided to share my journey, my first 100 days with you. The unglamorous, real world of a startup entrepreneur. I will blog here on MyNutShare in the category “build with me”about how I build SalesTrainerIn.

Come on, and build with me!

Please feel free to join me and leave your feedback. You can also find me on Instagram as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn, as well as on Facebook as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn.