9 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self About Being an Entrepreneur

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Being an entrepreneur is a journey filled with highs, lows, and countless lessons learned along the way. Reflecting on my own path, there are several pieces of advice I wish I could share with my younger self. While hindsight is always 20/20, these insights might help those earlier in their entrepreneurial journeys navigate with greater ease and success.

1. Do It Only If You Love It

The appeal of entrepreneurship is undeniable: being your own boss, setting your own rules, and creating something from the ground up. However, these reasons alone are not enough. You need to truly love what you’re doing. It should be something you naturally gravitate towards, even if there was no money involved. This passion will be your anchor during the inevitable challenges ahead.

2. Have a Compelling Why

Closely related to loving what you do, having a compelling “why” for starting your entrepreneurial journey is crucial. For me, it was wanting to be more present for my family, which kept me going even in the darkest times. Your “why” will sustain you through struggles and remind you of the bigger picture beyond the daily grind.

3. Get Experience Before Starting

One of my biggest mistakes was diving into entrepreneurship without prior experience. Having a solid foundation, whether from a relevant career or mentorship, would have saved me numerous bumps and bruises. Learn from those who have successfully walked the path before you to shortcut your own learning curve.

4. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is critical. Rather than ignoring your weaknesses, recognize them and seek help in those areas. Whether through outsourcing, seeking advice, or partnering with someone who has complementary skills, this awareness will prevent you from stumbling over your own limitations.

5. Embrace the Rollercoaster

Entrepreneurship is a constant rollercoaster of emotions, stress, and financial uncertainty. It’s essential to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Prepare for the worst-case scenarios and embrace the highs and lows as part of the journey. Your resilience will be one of your greatest assets.

6. Don’t Fly Solo

While being a solopreneur is common, it’s vital not to isolate yourself. Find mentors, join mastermind groups, and connect with other entrepreneurs who understand your challenges and joys. This support network will provide advice, motivation, and a sense of community that can be invaluable.

7. Keep One Eye on the Horizon

It’s easy to become so engrossed in your daily operations that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Always keep an eye on industry trends, economic changes, and new technologies. Staying aware of your environment allows you to seize opportunities and pivot before challenges become insurmountable.

8. Track, Analyze, Adjust, and Adapt

Consistently track your business metrics and analyze them to spot trends, opportunities, and threats. This continuous assessment enables you to make informed adjustments and adaptations, keeping your business competitive and successful.

9. Keep a Sense of Humor and Have Fun

Entrepreneurship can be intense, so it’s important to maintain a sense of humor and remember to have fun. Laugh, make light of hurdles, and find times to unplug and recharge. Enjoying the journey is just as important as reaching your destination.


Every entrepreneurial journey is unique, but there are universal truths that can make the path easier and more rewarding. By embracing these nine insights, you can build a business that not only succeeds but also brings you joy and fulfillment.

Remember, preparation and realism pave the way to a smoother journey filled with invaluable experiences. We only live once, so let’s make it count and savor every moment of the ride.

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