Written by Wendy Mak
As I mentioned in my open letter to entrepreneurs, I think it’s time for us to “get real” about the truth behind entrepreneurship.
I think there is danger in over-inflating or over-glamourising what it means (and takes) to be a successful woman entrepreneur. We live in a fast-paced world where buoyed by quick snapshots and stories in social media, we fall in to the trap of thinking that all we need to do is throw open the doors to our new business and in a few months time, we’ll have a winner on our hands.
The truth is far from that.
The reality is that many successful women in business have taken YEARS to build the businesses of their dreams. In this open interview with Bianca Monley, founder of Eat Fit Food (and mum of one beautiful bub and a second on the way), Bianca gets candid with me about her entrepreneurial journey.
Just some of the things I learnt from Bianca:
True, sustainable success takes grit, determination and TIME.
At the start of our business we need to get our hands dirty – just as Bianca did – and take on all facets of our business, doing anything and everything that the business needs. Equally, you need to know when it’s time to get help, scale up and take on additional resources.
And we need to know that not everything NEEDS to be a success. We’ll work on stuff that might seem like a good idea at the time – but doesn’t turn out the way we thought. That doesn’t make us failures – in fact we’re better business people when we can recognise when we need to pull back from the things that don’t work.
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Until the next interview,