Along your entrepreneurial journey chasing your American dreams, there are many obstacles you will face and many times when you feel like giving up, but if you remember these six tips, you’ll be sure to push through the tough and keep moving forward.
You will hear the word ‘No’
Every entrepreneur has heard the word ‘no’ more times than they could count. If you’re not hearing the word ‘no’, then you’re not trying. As Bob Circosta said during HSN’s Cincinnati American Dreams Academy, it isn’t about the no, it’s about what you do with the no.
Hire a team
If you want to turn your idea into a successful business, you need to have a team of experts around you. You can’t do it all yourself. If you don’t believe us, then believe founder and CEO of YBF Beauty, Stacey Schieffelin, “What I would tell 22-year-old self: get a great lawyer, get a great accountant, and don’t think you can do it all alone.”
Go after what you want
While chasing your American dream, you can’t be afraid to go after what you want. Marc Portney said it best during HSN’s Cincinnati American Dreams Academy, “Never be fearful, you have to take fear out of the whole equation.” So, stop being afraid and start going after what you want.
On your American Dreams journey, you will have to make many sacrifices including your money, your time and your attention. Dr. Shica Little, once a student at HSN’s American Dreams Academy, returned to HSN’s third Academy to discuss her successful entrepreneurial journey in which she explained the sacrifices she’s had to make, “You have to make a lot of sacrifices. Not just money, but time, your family’s time, but it’s worth it.”
Don’t forget to celebrate
It’s easy to get bogged down in the work, chaos, and failures while chasing your American dreams, but it’s important for you to stay positive and celebrate when you can. “Have short easy goals that you know when you reach them and don’t forget to celebrate,” Grant Hansen of Quirky recommended at HSN’s Cincinnati American Dreams Academy.
Find a mentor
Not only will a mentor help in stressful situations and keep you calm when you don’t know which task to tackle next, but studies have proven that mentors will help your business grow. “Businesses with mentors double their survival rate in 3 years,” Ed Coleman, Chair of SCORE’s DC chapter shared with entrepreneurs.
Next time you hear an investor say ‘no’ or you have to miss a family outing, just remember that your working towards your DREAMS, but don’t be afraid to seek help, celebrate when you need to, and to go after what you want. This is your American dream journey and it’s all up to you!