An entrepreneurs success journey

 entrepreneurs successHow do entrepreneurs successfully evolve from start-ups to leaders? Well, going from starting your own business to business success is a process. The person you are when first starting a business is different from the person who will eventually lead your business. Challenges will appear along the way. An entrepreneurs success relies on adaptation.

As an entrepreneur, your needs differ from employee needs. Somehow you’ll navigate the course going from control freak one person operation to trusted manager, then motivating leader and eventually esteemed mentor. Deciding to remain a one person operation or going for legacy wealth is a personal decision.

The big shift

Shifting from a one person solopreneur to team building turned out to be my biggest challenge. This also contributed to my greatest growth opportunity. My control issues were in the way. It was like I had bumped up against a glass ceiling which restricted further growth.

A decision was needed. Choosing the status quo would eventually lead to burn out.  Opting to hire help meant giving up control. Pros and cons existed with both options.

Choosing to remain solo was rooted in fear. Trusting another person was the underlying concern. The solution, like so many other life lessons, meant letting go of control issues.

Business ideas morph over time

A successful entrepreneur will acknowledge that the path is messy. The best entrepreneurs view success as a process instead of an end result. Your initial business ideas will morph over time.

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Here’s how your entrepreneur development will help to grow a successful business.

  • Target. Focus on your ideal business. What does success look like for you?
  • Talents. Emphasize your strengths. Discover where you’re exceptional and how that uniquely helps your clients.
  • Trust. Trust determines whether you remain a solopreneur or expand. Your business changes the moment you bring other people on board.
  • Transform. Your first employee shifts your role from technician to manager. Delegation is teachable.  Your entrepreneurial skills are constantly evolving.
  • Tune in. Communication and listening skills will reduce frustration from misunderstandings. Control issues are triggered when mistakes start to happen. Resuming responsibilities that you originally delegated is not an ideal solution.

I’ve been blessed to work side by side with my husband, Steve. In our first business together I worked solo in our satellite office. That’s because no employee ever met my standards. Either they had great people skills or were excellent in administration, but not both.  Working with employees was miserable so I chose to work alone.

Adaptation is an entrepreneurs success tool.

A steady stream of clients filled my practice. A new challenge arose from this. Sticking with the status quo slowed down expansion. Potential new clients were placed on a wait list because my availability was limited.

The dark side

It was uncomfortable to admit that control issues were getting in the way. Doing everything from start to finish was exhausting and bled into my family time. Eventually I refused to allow fear to limit our business potential.

I now affectionately called this period my Lone Ranger Syndrome.  Control issues and a fierce sense of independence helped grow our small business. The entrepreneur characteristics which got us started eventually turned into limitations.

What’s under the surface?

The problem, as well as the solution, was up to me. As a therapist, I realized the obvious problem is rarely the root cause. The growth issues were a symptom of something else.  Something under the surface influenced my actions. Figuring things out on my own was possible, but not ideal, simply because I was too close to the issue.

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Adaptation is an entrepreneurs success tool. Growing our business meant personal growth. Steve and I restructured my role. Learning how to trust someone else with my “baby” took a leap of faith. I felt supported by Steve during each and every step of the way. Functional, healthy growth was a shared core value.

entrepreneurs success The mindset shift

Did I mention my mindset shift? Transitioning from a micro-manager to a leader was the plan. New beliefs which encouraged team work were developed. Things got better because I was committed to doing what was necessary. We grew to eleven employees. The business operation for our satellite office wasn’t solely on me any longer.

Yes, my control issues periodically surface under high pressure moments. What it takes to be successful is a lifelong process. The challenges I faced back then set things in motion for my current success.

Small business entrepreneurs realize success is a process. Obstacles and control issues are difficult to pinpoint on your own. Relieving the symptom instead of addressing the root concern leads to an inner struggle. The issue is rarely what you think it is. 

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