When you are starting off, building your own company it will be a lonely path you go. I have heard this a thousand times before I started and I must admit: it’s true!
There is no more 9 to 5 …
You will suffer weekends in the pub or having fun with friends shopping, drinking coffee, strolling through the park … to work. To get your shit together, plan out things you need to do and get it done. Those weekends will probably be essentially for a while. It’s the time you need to invest to get everything sorted and yourself and the company in the starting position. It’s not always fun but ideally when you are at this point you know why you are doing it.
This is what you want, right?
And especially when you still work full-time all these over-hours and weekends you spend working can be actually fun. I know. It sounds quite weird but it’s your dream, right? You have the goal to leave the corporate world on one point and start on your own, right? You create the life you love, right? You do it because it’s your choice and you take full responsibility, right?
Don’t expect understanding
So this whole thing should mean that you are cool with that. I mean probably not for the rest of your life but for a certain time. The thing that might be challenging for you will be managing expectations. I mean, managing the expectations other have. Your friends, your spouse, your family they will expect you to spend quality time with them. There is nothing wrong with that. And I absolutely encourage you to do so. You can do it as “quality” time. Maybe a couple of hours less than you used to do but you can. Stop playing Candy crush or watching Netflix or any other of those time wasters will help you balance out quality time with loved ones and working.
But you will have to have a conversation with a couple of your closed ones that you life and your priorities have changed and are constantly changing. When you are on the entrepreneurial journey you are no longer living the normal life. You are no longer fulfilling standards set by society. Be clear on your priorities and your own expectations on yourself. Your loved ones will understand and they will want you to be successful. But don’t expect their lives to change. Get prepared and ready to walk the paths alone or with likeminded people on the same journey. You can! 🙂 remember, if it would be easy – everyone wold be doing it.
And when your loved ones want to understand what you are doing – tell them! Do not exclude them and don’t make it a “that’s so special kind of thing”. You don’t have to become a dickhead only because you have started your own company! No need for attitude!
My husband and me for example “check in” on a regular basis. We sit together over a coffee or breakfast and talk about the current process of my business. He knows exactly what’s going on and I have learnt to ask for his help. I mean of course not always. This is not the point. It’s your business, therefore you have to put in the work and no one else. But to pick a brain and to double check your assumptions it’s a great way to include your loved ones. We also schedule our quality time around our working schedule. Yes, this means to get a tiny bit more organised and plan but it’s not that much of a big deal. It’s only a question of priorities!
Not sure if you have heard already one of the terms Multi-passionate, Multipotentialite or Scanner Personality.
I hadn’t until a couple of months ago. And it was a huge relief and eye-opener that there is actually a whole lot of other people being the same like me.
Multi-passionate or Scanner? What the heck is that?
Multi-passionate and all the other words named above do mean the same thing. It’s literally a description for people who have many or multi passions. People who don’t have only one calling and want to dedicate their life to it. People who love to do things within totally different areas. Areas that have actually NOTHING to do with each other. And I mean nothing.
Loving Business, Blogging and Beauty! (The 3 B’s!)
To give the whole abstract wording kind of stuff a bit meaning I will give you a bit more detail about what I love. I absolutely love Business! I’ve been in business over 10 years. I worked the most of this time in Banking then in Consulting and Recruiting. I absolutely love it. I got a degree in Business Administration and Banking and a MSc in Global Leadership. And I mean I am currently documenting my journey of becoming an entrepreneur – that’s pretty much a lot business to deal with. So, I guess this point is kind of ticket off.
I also love to blog – who would have guessed this!? When you read this you are probably aware of this fact. I started blogging because I wanted to document my learning journey – this is a nerd fact but I love learning new things. And to be creative.
What many of you probably don’t know is that I have started blogging roughly 1.5 years ago with a beauty account! Yes. Because I am also a woman and I love lipstick!
What does this mean for MyNutShare?
For MyNutShare this means I want to integrate these parts. And as it’s my blog I feel I can do whatever I want with it 😉 Just kidding. The blog MyNutShare will mainly stay business related. However I thought it might be nice to get a small touch of feminisms to this page. I am a female founder and I truly believe that makeup has an amazing power on how we feel. It’s not about how other people see us. I mean this! And I don’t want any of these ridiculous “you are pretty enough, you dont need any makeup” discussions here! It’s about how the person who puts the makeup on wants to feel and or be seen. Sometimes we girls simply enjoys putting on makeup. It’s not about you guys! Not at all!
Therefore beauty_sowhat will get a little corner on the page where I will share a little bit of makeup love.
On this journey I am learning more than ever! It’s kind of cool and my nerdy self loves it. But it’s not always fun tho because when you are responsible for building a business you have no choice what to learn. You simply have to figure stuff out.
Learning about Social Media – the fun bits
Since I started this journey a year ago with my blog I levelled up my social media skills a lot. I started with a private Facebook page, a LinkedIn and a Xing profile and lots of no clue. Oh, I also had a not used Twitter and Instagram account.
In the meanwhile I run 4 Instagram pages, 2 Facebook “business” pages, 4 Twitter Accounts and also try to keep my other profiles up to date. Plus I write regular Blog posts, which I now also try to SEO optimise. Yes, I actually had no clue how the hack to do this until a couple of months. (SEO – search engine optimisation). I even have run my first paid ads.
Sounds like nothing special? For me it was. I never really bothered to much with Social Media and now got pretty addicted.
These kind of stuff are definitely the fun bits of being an one woman show.
Figuring everything out – also the not so cool bits
The bigger part of creating a business is of course not social media and stuff but to learn about taxes, registering a company, writing a business plan etc. This is another part of the journey that requires a lot of learning on the job and along the way.
I believe the only way to do it is to read a lot, stay informed and not to overthink stuff. In some cases like taxes these are necessities and needs to be done. So it’s best to just get into the action part asap.
Some other tasks like writing a business plan can actually be a lot fun. When you do it for yourself and for no one else, you can create an awesome roadmap and start getting concrete on where your journey shall lead you. Sometimes, especially when you write the plan for an investor pr a bank you will have to put it into a certain layout. But in most cases it’s just an amazing way to think things through, structure your thoughts and know where you are going.
The title of today’s post is “10x and other books” because I want to talk about books. Books are an absolute essential tool on everybody’s journey – especially on the entrepreneurial one.
I think I have read more books or listened to Audiobooks in the last 2 years than at any other given time. I’m not talking about crime, thriller or other “novels” but rather I mean non-fiction books. Sales books, books about creating wealth. Books about building a business. About efficiency and productivity. About personality and motivation. The list is long… A couple of fiction books as well – when I needed a time out. But mainly non-fiction books.
A couple of you might think this is boring shit – then this is the right time to stop reading this post.
Why I believe books are an essential tool for an entrepreneur
Because you can find every information you need to know! In a super structured way. To every topic. Without searching for info and waisting too much time researching topics. Sure, sometimes you have to do your research and it’s then the right thing to do. But there are literally books for every topic. Some don’t even go out of style or out of date. Some stuff is still relevant from 100 years ago.
Hate reading? Take an Audiobook
Another reason is that you pretty often don’t even have to read it yourself. You can listen to Audiobooks – someone is read out to you. How amazing is this please? You can listen to the books when you commute, do the laundry, use the crosstrainer or cook.
Still to lazy? Listen to a summary
Some books you done even have to read as a whole as there are amazing summaries out there with some key points. I even have a couple of them on my blog here. Like the one from Brian Tracy “Eat the frog”. Summaries like this are amazing when you just need a fresh up or when you want to get an idea whether the book is “right” for you.
Some books are worth reading tho
A couple of books you still should read. Absolutely read. One of them is “The 10x Rule” by Grant Cardone! I am currently listening to this book for the second time as it is an amazing motivational kick. It challenges your thinking about goal setting, middle class and competition. And action! Massive action! 10x action!
I have published a summary of the book earlier this year (you can check the summary out here). But I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone who has a dream and wants to get shit done. Who wants to get real. Who wants to be a big player.
Find people who inspire you and get inspired regularly, then take action!
Another inspirational leader on my journey so far is Gary Vaynerchuk! I have read / listened to all his books – currently finishing the “Thank you Economy”. And he is the man for everyone who doesn’t mind cursing. Who wants something real. Who wants to get inspired by real hustle and swag. I would recommend you his YouTube Videos or Ted Talks. I would recommend you the USC 2015 Keynote speak. Here is the link.
Monday – for many, many the less loved day of the week …
Because we have to get back to work.
Because we no longer can do the stuff we enjoy doing.
Because we have pressure and have to get up early and and and ….
Monday the bad boy! Wait a minute, really?!
Is it the Monday that make things bad? Or are it more the circumstances? The circumstances we pretty often have put ourselves into? The circumstances we don’t like but don’t change? Maybe you are not in the right job or maybe you are currently in a very shitty time of your life. That sucks. Yes, definitely. Totally. But how often non of this is the case and we are just bored? How often are we just unhappy? Unsatisfied? How often would we love to do something totally different but are just to comfortable to stay in our comfort zones? When we are honest with ourselves the answer might be “well, from time to time” or “actually, pretty often”.
Shall I change everything and fall in love with Monday?
Well, if this is what you love, you might like to. Another option is to avoid the Monday blues by
getting aware that this is our life and we can do whatever we want. If we don’t like things we can pretty often change them.
accepting the status quo if we do not want to change things and put the work needed for changes into it.
planning something for Monday evening we very much look forward to.
getting a Sunday routine and doing something enjoyable on a Sunday evening to be ready for the new week.
setting ourselves goals for the week and see the Monday as a change with new goals to accomplish.
writing a “to do” list on Friday evening already before leaving work so we can “switch off” the brain without the fear of forgetting something important.
Alternatively, put in the work and create the life you love!
We all got one shot and I truly believe we should take it. For me it’s being my own boss. This is 100% not the right or ideal way for a whole lot of people but it’s for me. Another dream I had was to move abroad. I got the most amazing chance as my husband lived abroad when we met. So it was kinda easy for me to go this step but I still had to do a couple of changes and maybe sacrifices. Whatever it might you want. Get clear about what you want and what it might take to realise it and create the life you love. Might be worth it.
Btw for me Mondays do not matter anymore – maybe this is why I post the Monday topic on a Tuesday…
Two weeks in on my entrepreneurial journey as a female founder.
It’s starting to feel a bit more real. A bit more “hell yeah, I’m living my dream”. It’s still scary and I guess it will be scary for a while – but that’s the fun, right!?
I think it’s absolutely on the time to say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who spontaneously joined me on this journey already. I say spontaneously because it’s a couple of people I have “met” randomly. Our ways have crossed by accident. Or destiny.
I am talking about all these loose connections either on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram who are just suddenly there. Who are a massive support for me and who are great people to walk the talk with.
Since I joined this journey and started blogging nearly a year ago (yeah, it’s MyNutShare’s birthday soon!) I truly believe that you can build doors for opportunity to lock onto!
And there is another, special group I want to mention:
There are not too many of us. And the ones who are there and I was lucky enough to connect with are simply amazing! There is absolutely no bitching or anything. Just massive support and empowerment from every angle. Our goal is to empower and inspire. Glad to be part of this amazing group!
Let’s go #girlbosses – we can be whoever we want to be, create whatever we want to create and live the life we want.
The last two days I have been to an amazing qualification workshop and can now call myself a certified user of Hogan Assessments.
I have spoken about about Hogan already before and must say those two days were simply amazing! Absolutely can’t wait to use this tool! It provides amazing insides on your reputation. Reputation means what other people think about you.
The qualification has taken place in Stuttgart, Germany. And it was simply amazing to participate in a very small workshop grow. To get some insights on how to use personality assessments in German. Until today I have only used them in English.
Entrepreneurship and Sparring
I only can recommend every aspiring entrepreneur to surround yourself with other entrepreneurs. Sure, you have already your inner circle, the people you trust. But it’s simply super beneficial to have an entrepreneurial exchange from time to time. To talk through obstacles and hurdles. With someone who has been there or is currently in the same position. To tackle the “ugly frogs” and share best practice. Huge recommendation! If you can’t find any entrepreneurs next to you please do get in touch. I am more than happy to introduce you to some active, international groups I am a member of.