Seriously… Discovering What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur

26 07 2012

Piecing together the "success" puzzleCandid moment, here…

Something interesting happened last September, when I celebrated DMT Artistry’s 2nd anniversary – something, in fact, cataclysmic:

I began to take my business seriously.

Understand that, prior to this, I certainly wasn’t operating my business halfheartedly or as a hobby. And the change had nothing to do with my work ethic, my professional possessions, or even external moral support. I had all of that in spades from the very beginning.

Nevertheless, it took two years for me to recognize my business as not just a success, but a legitimate, hard-earned, GROWING success with not-so-hidden potential. I grew aware of opportunities and, where there weren’t any, created them. Business didn’t just “happen” anymore. I MADE it happen.

At that time, the DMT re-branding concept was flickering to life, because DMT Artistry had become WORTH it.

I thought that this epiphany must be the Pinnacle of Entrepreneurial Realizations. To take my business seriously meant that I had given it the green light to be amazing, unique, enjoyable, worthwhile, impactful, noteworthy, and however successful I chose to make it.

But, this summer, I’ve trumped that realization:

I’ve begun to take MYSELF seriously.

In a role that demands the highest levels of self-esteem, entrepreneurship is, ironically, one of the most psychologically punishing. If there isn’t something strong at the core of you – something that goes beyond any vanities, excessive modesty, timidity or sheer bluffing – circumstances will knock you about, like a paper boat on the ocean, and your business will melt into nothing.

There are all kinds of statistics about our chances for business survival and success. Does the entrepreneur have what it takes to run a business? Can the entrepreneur do what is necessary to grow? Will the entrepreneur invest what is required to succeed?

In taking myself seriously, I’ve chosen to bank on the fact that I have, I do, and I will.

What about you? Have you given yourself and your business the same compliment?

Next Blog: I will post again in another 2 weeks. Thank you for your loyal readership!

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”  ~Ayn Rand

Dawn M. Tomczyk-Bhajan  |  DMT Artistry, LLC   |  www.DMTArtistry.com

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5 responses

26 07 2012
inkpistol

Really great post.

26 07 2012
dmtartistryllc

I’m glad you enjoyed it, @inkpistol. I take that as quite a compliment coming from a career writer!

26 07 2012
cashzilla

Reblogged this on cashzilla.

27 07 2012
Fred

I was thinking about what you wrote and came to the following conclusion:

You’re next step in the realization is “Love!” Sounds corny, but the highest level of taking your work seriously is “Loving your work.” And, the highest level of taking yourself seriously is “Loving yourself.”

I think an entrepreneur who takes their work and themselves seriously without loving both is doomed to burning our on both. But by loving both, you will define not only a career, but a life.

I’m really enjoying the way you keep me thinking with these posts. I can see why someone would want to reblog your blogs.

27 07 2012
dmtartistryllc

Fascinating comment, and one I’ll be pondering. Thanks for encouraging me to keep thinking “deeper”!

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