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Real Talk with KH II PR

Progression Leads to Purpose: Challenges of a Young Entreprenuer

Envision what you want your life to become and work hard to fulfill the desires of your heart. Being smart, focused, and determined are all key factors that will lead to success. Practice weeding out distractions and unwanted stress in order to make room for positive energy. Passion is what drives, motivates, and inspires a person to work hard and strive to accomplish all life goals. It is important to identify your passion in life because your passion will eventually lead you to your purpose. As a young entrepreneur I have encountered many obstacles and hit multiple bumps in the road throughout my journey to success.  Entrepreneurs struggle and face hardships just like everybody else, but what separates the two is the willingness to push forward and try again.

Associating age with experience is one of the many challenges I tend to face often working in an industry centered on image control and perception management. Now, I am not by any means tooting my own horn, but looking youthful can be a good thing or a bad thing in business. Especially being a business owner and always amongst mid and senior career professionals. I have attended many meetings with potential clients, and I know for a fact the reason I didn’t close the deal is because they already had a preconceived notion that I may be too young to handle the many responsibilities presented. Unfortunately, people associate age with experience, and the older you are or look, the more experience you must have. In reality, I have found that this is not true. However, on the upside there is that one person out there waiting and willing to give you the opportunity to prove you have what it takes to get the job done.

Another challenge I have faced as a young entrepreneur is knowing when and how to protect your brand. If the brand you have and created is your bread and butter, then you must protect it at all times. One recommendation I strongly suggest doing is to present a NDA or Non-disclosure Agreement before any exploratory meeting to potential clients, business partners, or colleagues. Unfortunately, people are quick to take and utilize your intellectual property, ideas and creative thoughts. Hindsight is always 20/20. Be smart about your actions and make your next move your best move.

I stress not to ever give up on any passion or dream you may have.  Success was not made to be obtained easily, and not everyone posses the Entrepreneur gene. I will say this, once you have crossed over that impossible hump, which by the way is possible to cross, you will then realize the passion you had will lead you to your purpose. 3 simple words, Vision, Plan, Execute. This is how I prevailed and I’m still on this journey towards success.