Since founding Nickel & Suede, I get lots of messages from women asking for advice on how to leave their current job or how to follow their passion. Like so many entrepreneurs, my career path was anything but straight. My career path started after I became a mom and from having an Etsy shop. I had very little job or at least office experience. My career was a second life for me, and for many people, that is a very real thing, and something I’m excited to share my learnings to help others.
A to B:
The first piece of advice that comes to mind is that you just have to figure out how to get to B. You don’t need to have it all planned from A through Z. Figure out what A is and how to get to B. And then you’ll figure out C, maybe D will show up on your doorstep, E will be from someone you meet. You might not know where the next steps are going to come from, but that’s okay. It’s about figuring it out as you go.
When you want to find something out, look it up. There’s a lot on the internet and a lot of information to sort through, but you will find something that sparks interest even if you don’t find the answer. For example, this week I googled how to plan a meeting. There are millions of meeting agendas out there, and I was able to find one that worked for me and modified it to my needs.
Ask For Help:
Ask anyone you can think of for help or a starting point which can feel intimidating or vulnerable. They might not have an answer, but they could suggest or recommend someone who does have the answer. But first, you just have to ask. I talk to people about what I am excited about which has led to so many connections and breakthrough moments. It isn’t rocket science, but it does take courage to put yourself out there.
Don’t Stop Learning:
I am always reading. I don’t always finish books, but I do start them. I read about things I am passionate about or things I want to learn more about. There are so many perspectives out in the world, and it’s great to keep feeding your interests and mind.
Be Willing to Fail:
And finally, but maybe most importantly: You just have to try. Come up with an idea and try it out. If it doesn’t work? Now you know that and can move onto the next thing. Progress is better than perfection, which is hard to put into action because we’re all scared of failure. The more you are willing to fail and receive feedback to try again, the sooner you’ll reach something that does work.
One final note – As an entrepreneur, there are a lot of ups and downs, but you are learning every time. As a result, you will learn to trust yourself. You will gain confidence from trying again and becoming resilient. As long as you are moving forward and trying the next thing, you will keep building confidence and resilience within yourself. Before you know it, people will ask you how you made your “second life” a reality.
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