This is what I began to ask myself over 4 years ago when I realized my life as I knew it was not working for me. When I realized my level of #unhappiness was starting to affect my health and general well-being, I knew something had to be done. Sorry not sorry but you cannot convince me "that's just the way it is when you have obligations. Everybody hates their job, deal with it". Nope. I didn't just deal with it and neither should you. Don't sacrifice or dumb down your life.
as your career life progresses, what you've always wanted to do will continue to pull at you. what you find most joy in doing will continue to pester you until you acknowledge it and do something about it. we were never meant to ignore our deepest desires and that which we are inherently talented at. we were never meant to set aside the skills we've intentionally developed at a high level over the years for the sake of a job we don't love. the number of disengaged employees doesn't have to be as high as it is. the number of individuals unhappy with their job, settling for a paycheck shouldn't be a thing or an expected permanent sacrifice. if only you had the courage to choose you.
there is never a time the why of a thing won't matter. the why always matters as the why informs your who, your what, your when and your how.
what's it going to take for you to finally decide you want your future to be more fulfilling than your right now?
as a startup, finding your village of believers, like-minded individuals, collaborators, mentors, advisors, i.e. your girl squad has to be a priority. #bossbabe isn't a simple hashtag but a badge of honor. in celebration of International Women's Day 2018, the third Startup Sisters USA meetup in Atlanta convened and the event did not disappoint. as an attendee of all three Atlanta meetups that began in 2016, I have had the pleasure of seeing founder and host Stefanie Jewett's vision of linking female entrepreneurs come to fruition and grow before my eyes. if you haven't attended a Startup Sisters meetup, there are many reasons why you should the very next opportunity you get:
let’s be honest. time is the most valuable commodity there is and yet you are spending your prime years at a job you don’t love doing work that does not fulfill you. you have chosen to suffer through less than dynamic managers who don’t know how to or don’t want to lead and develop their people. sadly it isn't promised that ineffective managers will be held accountable. no worries. i have developed a solution with Courage & Candor for those who chose to take ownership of their now and their future.
so you want to be an entrepreneur? you have an idea and you're serious about taking your new idea to market but you need some advice about the startup journey. have no fear, Startup Atlanta and their team of collaborative partners have you covered. i attended Startup Atlanta's 2017 Founder Bootcamp created by Bronwyn Morgan and Charlton Cunningham of Startup Atlanta at the General Assembly Atlanta campus, January 13, 2018. Charlton serves as executive director of Startup Atlanta while Bronwyn is equity officer at Startup Atlanta, CEO of Subkulture Innovation and founder of Black Women in STEAM. the event was initially scheduled for December 2017 but mother nature had other plans for a winter storm. the bootcamp was born out of Startup Atlanta’s diversity and inclusion initiative to address specific aspects of the startup journey underrepresented entrepreneurs surveyed want to know more about.
the 6 hour bootcamp featured the following topics and presenters:
whether you have a desire to or need to generate additional revenue, eventual and new entrepreneurs have to be creative in financing their own lives by leveraging their resources to avoid going back to a dead end job. there are many options to leverage your resources on your terms and still remain in control of how you spend your time each day. opportunities from freelance work to delivering packages but the one I choose to dissect for this entrepreneur community is the rideshare (gig) economy, specifically Lyft. my hypothesis is that Lyft is a good ‘right now’ hustle. You must be strategic, however, as there are pitfalls to avoid if you decide to partner with Lyft as a driver.
aspiration, inspiration, motivation and affirmation. established, new and eventual entrepreneurs need mega doses of one or all of the above daily to stay encouraged about realizing your dream or goal of creating your fulfilled life as a thriving entrepreneur doing what you love to do. well here you go! i found 26 quotes that should keep your eyes on the prize with a dose of 'charleneisms' or an additional quote that reflects why each image is a source of inspiration to galvanize this community of startups and entrepreneurs.
my recent transition to full time entrepreneur wasn’t my first, second or third go at what I know to be the platform for my purpose. i previously attempted taking the leap of faith as an entrepreneur and for multiple reasons it just did not work for me. back to corporate America I went. there is plenty of value to be found in every entrepreneur’s first few attempts at starting and running a successful business. i realize now the road to success as an entrepreneur begins with the prework. Dr. Venus Reese, founder of the Black Women Millionaires Movement, says...
"courage is not a reflection of willpower but a result of preparation."