Recently Roberto R. Hernandez of Partner4Leads and I sat down and talked about what it has been like to be an entrepreneur. And to acknowledge the fact that for many of us our journey’s take us along winding roads. Sometimes we follow a straight route to reach a specific milestone, but most of the time there are twists and turns and side trips. Looking back, I would not have it any other way. Looking forward, I envision that the road will continue to have smooth sailing, tough climbs, and plenty of interesting experiences.
Our discussion was captured by Roberto for his Partner4Leads Podcast
Because we have worked together in a mastermind group, it was one of the most comfortable ‘interviews’ I have ever had. Just two friends talking about all of the different things that make up a career.
As a follow on, he asked me some specific questions. These really prompted me to engage in some healthy self-reflection. I am happy to share them with you here:
Roberto: If you were starting your entrepreneurial journey over from the beginning, what would you do differently?
Margaret: If I were starting my business again what I would do differently is I wouldn’t be so quick to discount the skill set I brought with me from the corporate world. I had a bad experience in corporate America which helped launch me to work as an entrepreneur. But because of that bad experience I ignored my skills and expertise in project management, and yet ultimately that is what has supported me the most.
Roberto: What habits or routines have best served you throughout your entrepreneurial journey?
Margaret: The habits and routines that have served me the best, I’ll come down to discipline of one type or another. So on the one hand working for myself I enjoy a tremendous freedom, but on the other hand I still seek to keep a rather consistent schedule. That is less confusing for myself, and for my students and clients.
Roberto: What’s your number one way of dealing with the voices of self doubt?
Margaret: My number one way of dealing with self-doubt, is to ask myself where is this coming from? And what part of it is coming from any kind of truth? Versus what part is coming from fear? And sometimes meditating on that very topic what is truth versus what is fear is very clarifying. And when I have a day with doubt, I still pick some tasks that will still move me forward and keep going.
Roberto: What has helped you most in building community around your business?
Margaret: I’ve been very fortunate with community. I have introverted tendencies, and when I set off on my own I knew that I needed to do something or I would just disappear into my home office. So one of the first things I did was to grow a list and create an eZine.This allowed me to keep in front of people in my own introverted way. I do some speaking and that helps too. And also I answer everyone who writes to me. And I seek to help others whenever it makes sense for me to do so.