Posts tagged with “Bill Tam”

Trust Your Instincts, and Your Self.

Friday, 15 October, 2010

As an entrepreneur, it is often so hard to stop yourself from doubting your every move. Am I doing enough? Too little? Should I take that client? Work with that company? Am I networking/promoting/earning enough? It’s enough to make your head spin!

I have found, as someone who has ended up on the path to opening her own business without a business background, that I tend to doubt myself. And yet, I have such strong instincts and have to remind myself of how much I have accomplished. I have to remind myself that I am not naively trusting someone, but that I have read them and know that I can do business with them and won’t have to struggle to get paid, or that my hard work for them will be recognised. And I also have to remind myself that if I trip up, it’s not the end of the world. But it can be tough to keep positive sometimes.

What are the things you do to keep positive? To keep your eye on your goals? Who supports you, if you work on your own? What strategies can you use to keep on track or learn more or expand your skills? How do you reach new clients? A new network? I’d be really interested to hear from you what works and doesn’t work, for you.

Sometimes it can be as simple as talking to someone and telling them what you need. Sometimes you have to do a lot of pavement pounding. And the best times are when everything serendipitously just falls into place. (If only it could always be like that, right?). The exciting part of this is nothing stays the same; there is always change and growth, and the opportunity to learn more about who you are and what you do.

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On a related, but slightly separate note, if you are an entrepreneur in Vancouver looking to expand your skills, then this might interest you. Wired Woman Vancouver (the organisation I volunteer for, and have just signed on as the Director of Communications for) is running a fantastic event on November 1st entitled Growing Your Business: Tips for Entrepreneurs. The event will run in a round table discussion format and features Bob de Witt from New Ventures BC, Valerie Mann, Lawson Lundell LLP, Bill Tam, CEO in Residence (Vancouver), Jeanette Jackson, CEO , Light-Based Technologies, and Lauren Kulokas, COO, of Energy Aware.

Not only will you get tips and ideas on legal issues, understanding your market, and financing, but also hear entrepreneurial success stories to help motivate and inspire you.  You can learn more on the Wired Woman website, and register for the event on the site too. Membership is free, so it makes to join, and then get members’ rates!

Sadly, I will be teaching that night and not able to make the event, but it’s going to be outstanding.

Keep trusting and learning,

Geraldine