7 Years of Entrepreneurship

I recently celebrated seven years as an entrepreneur! It's been a ride, and I've given so much of my life to reach this milestone yet received 1000X in return. It seems like the years flashed by, and at the same time, I recall days that felt like years. The joyous experiences of watching the women ZeroGap.co serve growth in their leadership is the most rewarding aspect of the work.


As I sat down and began a reflection on where we've been and where we are going, there are eight themes that I would like to share with the community of humans I'm connected to IRL and virtually. This is part one of a three part reflecton.


"Surround yourself with people who push you to be the highest and grandest version of yourself."~ Oprah

ONE

No one achieves success alone; many people have mentored, supported, and encouraged me on this journey. For them, I am deeply grateful. Oprah says you should "Surround yourself with people who push you to be the highest and grandest version of yourself." I am undoubtedly blessed for the tribe in my life.


"Advice From My Mother"

TWO

When I left traditional employment, I asked my mother, who's been an entrepreneur for decades, what's the most critical business advice she could share. She told me that of all things, I must remain consistent in my work. Thanks, mom, that advice sits with me daily.


THREE

When things hit the fan, I've learned to quickly

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tap into Growth Mindset behaviors, and reflect on the question what is this situation here to teach me? One of my favorite tools to maintain a growth mindset is books. I read at least five books a month, a mix of genres that encourage me to expand a my capacity to look at situations from a different lens. Everyone has their things and is is one of mine, give me a book and it unlocks a part of my imagination that allows my to tap into my full capacity to lead. Book Recs: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success https://amzn.to/3deXPI1and Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms https://amzn.to/3Q94rqa

"Alignment and Flow"

FOUR

Rest is an essential ingredient of success. In the initial years of building the business, the passion and fire to get things going were so strong that I could efficiently work seven days a week. It was my badge of honor to "hustle hard, with no days off," I thought that was okay until I noticed a pattern of getting a cold, flu, or weird stomach bug that would take me down for a week or two. I ignored my body and tried to operate like a machine. I realized that it is not sustainable nor an ambition to work myself sick. I've adopted an "Alignment and Flow" mentality and built rest into my weekly routine. It's allowed me to soar to new heights.


"Self-Awareness + Values"

FIVE

Let values be the guide; unexpected twists and turns are part of the journey, and in moments of uncertainty, leaning on my values has helped me make the best decisions. Self-awareness of what values influence decision-making has enabled me to reduce anxiety and move forward with clarity even with limited data in fluid situations.

"Listen with Intention"

SIX

Listen with intention. When I think of the mistakes I've made, the root of those mistakes lies within my lack of intent to listen, the ability to go into the meeting with curiosity and open-mindedness, and balance of preparation has been a dance that I'm still learning. However, I intend to listen more than I speak and provide clarity that, coupled with an awareness of core values, allows me to operate in more alignment and hustle.


"Trust The Team"

SEVEN

Hire to my weaknesses; earlier, I shared that one achieves success alone. I learned to let go of the illusion of control and trust the team supporting the vision to "do their thing" There is a part of me so productive by the work of the team at ZeroGap.co has built that I struggled to be involved in all projects. As we progress and grow, I greatly appreciate those who are experts, and I do my best to stay out of their way.


"She Believed She Could, So She Did"

EIGHT


"She believed she could, so she did" Along the journey, I heard this quote the poetic nature gave me wings to soar over imposter syndrome, microaggressions, and many other hurdles. Sometimes, the simple phrases or moments in life shift my perspective and allow me to continue on the path for equity and equality.


Next week, I'll share part two or the three part reflection.