Recently I attended an inspiring Soulpreneurs workshop where I interacted with several wonderful women talking about their businesses.
One of the speakers was Denise Duffield-Thomas. After the event, I listened to Denise’s fabulous webinar The 7 Money Blocks Holding you Back from True Abundance.
While I was working through my money blocks, I started thinking about whether I had any business blocks that were hindering my success.
The results were quite eye-opening.
Here are 5 business blocks to give some thought to.
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1. You can’t be successful in business unless you have a university degree
For a girl who left school after year 10 and who has been working hard ever since this one can feel particularly intimidating.
Despite the fact that I know it’s not true, it tends to stick a little.
We often hear stories about high-profile entrepreneurs running successful businesses and making the big bucks. Maybe that’s part of the problem though. We read about successful people in books or see them in the media but up until recently, I didn’t have anyone in my direct life who went down this path.
Most of the successful people I know personally went to university. They also have an employer.
The more I speak to people, the more I realize there are a lot of different paths to business success.
To get past this block you need to broaden your circle; once you start looking you will see an abundance of successful business people who haven’t been near a university.
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2. You can’t go from being an employee to an entrepreneur
I’ve been working for over 30 years.
All of that time I have worked as an employee.
Without a university degree or some sort of business experience, how could I possibly go from an employee to an entrepreneur?
At least this is what I kept asking myself.
This one comes down to experience. This can be done, people prove it all the time.
You need to be prepared that you are going to make mistakes and that you are probably going to be scared out of your wits some days.
I think we need to stop thinking that successful business people are never scared or never feel fear.
You are going to fail at certain things (most likely big time) but you will learn from those failures (hopefully as quickly as possible) and move on.
You don’t necessarily have to start with the experience, you gain it as you go along.
Can it be hard? Yes. Impossible. No.
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3. Failing once means you will never make it
When I had to go back to work because my freelancing business didn’t make enough money – I was gutted.
I felt like such a huge failure.
Yet the more I talk to different business people and hear their stories, I realize many have failed along the way.
Come to think of it – most of them have failed at some stage. A lot of them have had to go back to work for other people and then try again.
Just because you fail the first time does not mean your business dream is over.
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4. You need a lot of money to get started
This one has been blown out of the water by so many people, I’m not sure why it still sticks.
My guess is that it depends on what sort of business you want to start.
Some do take a lot of money, others don’t. If you are aiming for the latter, grab the bull by the horns and stop worrying about this particular business/money block and get started.
Reading Chris Guillebeau’s book The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future certainly helped put to rest this particular business block.
5. All you need is a blog
Unfortunately, it took me a while to get my head around this one.
A blog by itself is not a business.
It can certainly be a platform for running a successful online business (and a very powerful platform at that) but it is not the business itself.
You have to sell some sort of product or service. You might be selling your own products or someone else’s but you have to exchange something for money. Obviously, you want it to be enough money to stay in business and make a profit.
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Can you relate to any of these business blocks? Are any of them stopping you from forging ahead with your own business idea?
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