When you’re both the teacher and the student 

Day 304 of 365: Steph

Sitting next to a whiny baby right now so this might be short…

This morning we went to an event at the Enterprise Center at Salem State called Million Dollar Women where we heard from a very successful entrepreneur in the food industry. 

This is the second time we’ve attended an event at this center, and both have proven to be valuable.

Today we heard about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship from the perspective of someone who has been doing this for 30 something years. We heard about:

  •  Picking the right partner: (I think I got that one covered 😉)
  • Creating and maintaining revenue streams
  • The importance of networking and professional development
  • Overcoming personal obstacles while also trying to grow a business 

Among other things…

When I listen to discussions like this there’s always one conclusion that rises to the top for me: While it seems like all entrepreneurs face some of the same challenges and benefits, everyone’s experience is wildly unique. I think that’s why I am always interested in hearing the stories of the entrepreneurs we meet along the way – no story is ever the same.

Someone in the class said it perfectly: “As an entrepreneur, I’m never sure if I’m the teacher or the student.” Because we are always learning but we also have unique experiences that everyone could learn from. 

This got me thinking about what I have learned that could be shared as a “teaching moment” this past year. There’s so much. I’m in a completely different spot in terms of my business savviness than I was one year ago. A few things that come to mind include:

  • Sales is a science that’s a mix of math and psychology.
  • Learning when to say no is more important than when to say yes.
  • The signs are always there. You just have to be sharp enough to recognize them and savvy enough to know what to do with them…and that’s not always easy. As the speaker put today, “successful entrepreneurs are opportunity solvers.”
  • There is a lesson to be learned from every experience. 

Those are just some of the things I thought about on my drive back from the event that I thought you might find interesting.

I don’t always love going to these types of events because I wonder if it’s the best use of my time. But I have to say that today was definitely a morning well spent. And speaking of spent, I am. Goodnight! 

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