Living the life of a creative entrepreneur may seem like a dream to many, but it comes with its own share of nightmares. The ecstatic moments of creating something, visualizing something, can get completely shadowed by the logistical anxieties of selling it and actually earning a living from it.
Anyone who is trying to make a mark in the entrepreneur world is juggling many things: making, selling, marketing, making noise on social media, etc... I know because I struggle with all these things every single day. Especially social media: it is important for us to showcase our work but at the same time we can get easily overwhelmed with all the 'cool stuff that other people are posting'!
At such times, I try to think of one thing: Perspective. We have all heard it before: You cannot compare your beginning to their middle. If those 'cool folks' started 5 years ago, then there is no way for us to have the same traction as them. How easily we forget that!
So I created a small mantra that I use to regain my perspective, and I am sharing it here, hoping it can help you too, no matter what stage of your business or career you are in.
The First 100 Page Views are tough
The First 100 Page Likes are tougher
The First 100 Followers are the toughest
The First 100 Sales are tough
The First 100 reviews are tougher
The First 100 referrals are the toughest
I have made it through all these stages, except the last one. But it has taken me TWO YEARS to get here. Why it's taken me 6 months to get a 100 followers on Instagram and nearly two years to hit 180 Page Likes on Facebook. But I can safely say that I did it without paying for any ads, or any apps that let you get followers by the hundreds! These are people who are genuinely interested in what I have to offer. The sales and reviews are also organic growth, and there is only one way for them to grow: Up.
I have a long way ahead, very, very long, but all good things come with time and patience.
SO DON'T GIVE UP.
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