“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.

Stop playing business via SalesTrainerIn

My first blog post “stop playing business” on my business page SalesTrainerIn went online. Have you checked it out yet? If not here is the link.

"Stop playing business!" via SalesTrainerIn Stephanie Profitlich
“Stop playing business!” via SalesTrainerIn Stephanie Profitlich

Looking forward for your feedback,

thanks,

Steph

New MyNutShare ‘Fan Post’ :) whoop whoop

My new favourite cushion cover! <3 <3 <3

MyNutShare
MyNutShare Fan Post Part 2 🙂

 

Got this gorgeous cushion cover for christmas!!! Amazing!! Thank you Nico and Ruven for this beautiful NutShare!!! You guys are legend! Lots of love, Steph xoxo

MyNutShare’s #2015bestnine – THANK YOU for more than 29,500 likes since September

MyNutShare has got more than 29,500 likes on Instagram since I opened the account in September this year. You guys are simply amazing! A big, big THANK YOU to everybody who is supporting me and part of my journey!

MyNutShare hat mehr als 29.500 Likes auf Instagram erreicht, seit ich den Account im September diesen Jahres eröffnet habe. Ich bin sprachlos! Ihr seid einfach fabelhaft!! Ich möchte mich hiermit ganz, ganz herzlich bedanken bei allen, die mich unterstützen und mich auf meinem Weg begleiten. TAUSEND DANK!!!

MyNutShare #2015bestnine
MyNutShare #2015bestnine

First MyNutShare ‘Fan Post’ :) THANK YOU!!!!

MyNutShare - Fan Post
MyNutShare – Fan Post

 

Hello everybody,

I received my very first ‘Fan Post’ and it’s soooooooo cute!!! It just made my day!! A lovely girl I met on a friend’s wedding has sent me a parcel with some gorgeous little treats in it. Amongst other things there were these two adorable squirrels and the wooden hazelnut that you can see on the picture. One of the squirrels is even branded with my hashtag #mynutshare. This just made my day! No words to express. Thank you love!!! I really, really appreciate this and can’t stop smiling! I would have never ever expected so much and such a great support! Especially as we have just met recently. But I guess sometimes, some people just walk  into your life and enrich it! Thank you for sooo much awesomeness! Xx Steph

Get out of your comfort zone!

Make the magic happening - My Nut Share
Make the magic happening – My Nut Share

 

I simply just love this drawing! Found it on Instagram @6amSuccess – it is absolutely on point! As it got already shared on Twitter with the words “Found some Marketing in the Wild” I thought it might be time to get this thing on the blog – to clear up the wild a bit. Thanks for sharing @blogtolearn!

For more daily, inspirational and motivational quotes please check out the @mynutshare account on Instagram.

Intrapreneurs – The Corporate Entrepreneurs

A while ago I read an article at Entrepreneur, which was called ‘5 Reasons Why I Quit My Own Business to Work for Someone Else’ (Check out the article here). The 5 reasons have been:

  • Paid education
  • Accountability
  • Play a bigger game
  • Meaningful relationships
  • More disposable income

Entrepreneur Magazine is very well known for great articles that embrace entrepreneurship, support pushing your own boundaries and awesome advice on how to get your own business perform even better. I found this title pretty surprising and it caught my attention immediately. Some posted comments reflected that others shared my amazement. One person commented ‘this person has never been an Entrepreneur’. But do we really need to be self-employed to be an Entrepreneur? Does this mean every self-employed person becomes automatically an Entrepreneur or a solo-preneur?

In my last post I mentioned that we are obviously not capable of coming up with a general applicable definition of what entrepreneurship is. The term ‘novelty’ seems to be important. But is the environment we are operating in important as well? Who are the real drivers of innovation? Can’t it make total sense for a solo-preneur to get back into a corporate environment? To have the benefit of leveraging an idea ready for execution to much larger, already established client base? Shouldn’t we appreciate people as Entrepreneurs who thinking entrepreneurially and take over responsibility while operating in a corporate environment? Aren’t maybe some of this so-called Intrapreneurs ore corporate Entrepreneurs even more successful than many “real” Entrepreneurs? When thinking of entrepreneurs one might have Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson or Oprah Winfrey in mind – but how many Entrepreneurs in total do really kick ass and become that successful? What does success even mean? We are likely to talk only about successful examples when discussing entrepreneurship because these are the examples we are aware of – success stories sell better than serial success less failures. In corporate environments we tend to talk about brands in general and the brand’s reputation. However, we should not forget who is behind that brand! People, Employees, Intrapreneurs. In the following I’d like to give you a quick overview of intrapreneurship.

 

Intrapreneurs are corporate Entrepreneurs

Intrapreneurs think, act and behave like Entrepreneurs with the difference that they are doing this within a corporate environment rather than an own company. This means the focus as well as the level of responsibility differs. While Entrepreneurs are responsible for their whole company and need to overview the operating business as well as the big picture. Intrapreneurs are mainly responsible for a single part of the business or a product and Intrapreneurs are not necessarily financially involved.

 

Intrapreneurs are drivers of innovation

‘Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard’ with these words Guy Kawasaki relates straight to a very well-known issue of many big companies. The execution and implementation of ideas is crucial and inevitable to stay competitive in the current market. Loads of large corporations have established their own departments solely focusing on idea creation. Some will shop ideas expensively from external consultants. With having loads of ideas on board the execution, the happening, however is often still neglected or poor. What companies now need more than ever are people who execute these ideas and implement them. What corporates need are hands-on intrapreneurs ideally at each hierarchy level. (Simon Parker, 2011).

 

Intrapreneurs understand the market and draw off trends

Like Entrepreneurs Intrapreneurs know the market they are operating in, they know their customers and their needs. Intrapreneurs are industry experts who seek new growth opportunities and question the why of each trend to identify and create value.

 

Intrapreneurs are not just employed but are part of the company

Intrapreneurs are not driven by money. Their goal is not to become super wealthy. Their reward needs to be broader than only money. Treating Intrapreneurs as part of the company, valuing their input and offer partial ownership might be a way more appealing deal.

 

Intrapreneurs take calculate risks and care about the company

Intrapreneurs take risks and like successful Entrepreneurs they do it with respect and pay attention to potential consequences. Intrapreneurs grow with independency and autonomy.

 

So, what do you think? Shouldn’t we treat Intrapreneurs the same way we hype and admire Entrepreneurs? Shouldn’t we appreciate the fact that this person has taken the brave step to leave independency and be willing to go back into a corporate environment to add value there – and is even willing to share his story on Entrepreneur Magazine? Shouldn’t we stop judging people over their title on a business card? Shouldn’t we trust and more appreciate the results and outcomes a person is delivering rather than the label the person is given?

Entrepreneurs the New Economical Superstars – a Definition

It seems nowadays entrepreneurs are becoming the new economical superstars who drive change, disrupt markets, exit innovations and create competitive edges by being one step ahead. The more surprising it is that there is no existing generally applicable definition of “Entrepreneurship” or “Entrepreneur” . Some would agree that entrepreneurs are the ones who build an own company, some would agree entrepreneurs are the ones who think entrepreneurial, take on calculated risks and make things happen – no matter in which environment. Others would maybe agree that entrepreneurs are a too heterogeneous and widely spread group to be treated as just ‘one special bread’.

Definition-wise we might lack a bit agreement but I think the definition of Eckhardt and Shane (2003) is a nice one as they define entrepreneurship “… as the discovery, evaluation, and exploitation of future goods and services … [by] . . . creation or identification of new ends and means previously undetected or unutilized by market participants”. I like this definition as it is not too limited to the act of building a new business but could also be used for entrepreneurs operating in a corporate environment, so called intrapreneurs. So, novelty seems to be the cutting edge within this definition. That goes along with probably a generally applicable opinion of what entrepreneurs should be like.

As I’m quite interested in the whole research around entrepreneurship and personality I would like to share with you my findings within the next posts and am keen to get to know your opinions and views about the new superstars.

For a daily dose of inspirational and motivational quotes please find My Nut Share now also on Instagram as @mynutshare (@mynutshare on instagram). Would love to see you there as well.

Stephanie