As an entrepreneur I always have the opportunity to travel. Before you start to envy me I want to let you know that there is a good and bad side to traveling. The good side to traveling is being able to travel and earn money. On the other hand the bad side is having to trust either friends or the internet to give you great information on places to eat and sleep. Thus far I have to admit the internet hasn’t let me down.
Bad weather and ending up in unfamiliar places are the two things that I absolutely hate. I guess I can say that they are my worst fears. In other words I don’t like ending up in places where the area looks deserted. On my recent travel, not only was I faced with pouring rain but I took an exit per my GPS and the location looked a little weird to say the least. Potholes in the street, people walking around looking dazed, cars on the street looked to be either stranded or on flat. After telling me to take the wrong exit my GPS lost it’s signal. So here I was in the middle of nowhere land with rain pouring down and I didn’t have a signal for my phone or GPS. At that very moment I started to doubt myself. I started to ask myself did I select the right hotel. Do I really have to sleep in this place that I’m not really familiar with? Do I have to stay in this area tonight? I started to doubt my decision because I had drove close to four hours and I didn’t want to turn around and go home and just count my journey as a wasted trip.I started to second guess the whole journey only because I had made one wrong or because I took one wrong exit. Depending on how you look this story can be a life lesson or a business lesson.
Here are the lessons I learned during my latest travel:
1) Always face your fears: My fears were driving in the rain and ending up in unfamiliar places. However the more I continued to to drive I noticed the rain eventually stopped and as I continued to drive the place that was unknown became known. I’m not saying that owning a business is easy but eventually it get easier than giving up.
2) Believe in yourself: Regardless of what you do in your small business.,you have to believe in yourself. You can’t sell anything effectively if you can’t sell you first. People have to believe in you first and then trust what you have to offer.
3) Never give up: Regardless of how bad your journey looks remember that the journey is not over until you reach your destination. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne
Entrepreneur Richard Branson states, “Entrepreneurship requires a special kind of courage — you must face a great deal of uncertainty as you launch and maintain your business. The ability to recognize your fears, assess the causes and then make decisions about how to proceed can mean the difference between success and failure for a new company.”
LaNette Kincaid is a Marine wife and mother of two, that took on the challenge of owning a business shortly after graduating college. Most of her tips and advice that you will read in our magazine will come from her personal experiences of trial and error. To see more of LaNette’s business and inspirational tips be sure to follow her on Twitter @LaNetteKincaid