What separates the most successful business people from the average white-collar professional? Aside from the fact that they can buy and sell your most prized possessions a thousand times over, it’s that they understand a few simple truths about life and business which they live by.
When Nichole Mustard found herself adrift after college, she made a simple promise to herself: Be happy. Her career offers a valuable lesson: Focus on being happy, and it will get you through what life throws at you — even when the startup you risked everything to build almost falls apart on you.
Research has shown that entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. It is, however, mostly ignored and rarely discussed.
When I started on this journey, I found that I lacked the time to create any new social relationships or nurture existing friendships. There is no one to share the load, or the despairs of running a business, or even the joys of small victories and successes. Many entrepreneurs also report “money worries” as a reason for this increasing level of social isolation and anxiety.
Here are four things that can help combat loneliness:
If you’re young, and you are entrepreneurial, your single greatest asset is your age. What they fail to tell you in school is that being “older” doesn’t necessarily make you “better.” What it makes you is different.
When it comes to thought leadership, you can blow smoke or be the real deal. Doing it right takes work, but the payoff can be huge.
Thought leadership can transform your brand. It can position you and your company as leaders in your industry, open doors to new opportunities, and build lasting trust with the people in your audiences who matter most to your company.
How to trick yourself into doing all the things you keep putting off. Kevin Systrom may be CEO and co-founder of Instagram—but he’s still susceptible to procrastination. And so the 33-year-old billionaire has come up with a simple trick to tackle the tasks he tends to put off. “If you don’t want to do something, make a deal with yourself to do at least five minutes of it. After five minutes, you’ll end up doing the whole thing,” he recently told Axios when asked about his favorite life hack.
We are currently entering a golden age of entrepreneurship, largely because of the wealth of opportunities available to young entrepreneurs.
The world of business regularly undergoes a changing of the guard, which is only natural given that only the most enterprising and innovative individuals can succeed in the choppy waters of entrepreneurship. That being said, the world is undergoing significant changes and advances in technology at an unprecedented speed.
The young entrepreneurs who grew up in the midst of this technological boom have been slowly but surely changing the face of businesses, and will continue to do so for some time.
As such, here are some of the reasons now is a good time for young entrepreneurs.
A graduate of New York University, Frankel didn’t know what she was going to do in life until her late 30s, “and I still don’t even know,” she said on an episode of Business Insider’s podcast ” This Is Success ” (formerly “Success! How I Did It”).
Focusing on high-priority projects in the morning leaves the rest of the day for dealing with the smaller stuff before it becoming a problem. Successful people aren’t like the average person — if they were, everyone would have a billion-dollar business. While each successful CEO has his or her own hacks and tricks, CEOs often follow the same effective habits, day in and day out.