This past Friday, I received the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award at the Eyeconic Television “Eyeconic Awards Gala.” I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I could barely process what was happening. I was nervous leading up to the whole event, and really didn’t expect to win anything. However, God, plus all of you figured otherwise – I won! I actually won! I’m trying not to cry while I’m sharing this with you guys, because this is the first time I’m truly able to process this. The fact that all of you see, acknowledge, and support my business is so humbling.
Its hard y’all, its .. hard.
We all know owning and operating your own business can be hard, stressful, testing, and exhausting. Each day is filled with late nights, early mornings, and sleepless moments at times. Sometimes it feels as if no one really understands or even cares about the amount of work that you’re constantly committed to.
If that’s not enough on your body already, there’s also the countless pressure from peers who can’t quite understand what you are going through. Those family members that hound you to be more “financially secure,” not to mention the tiny little minions that secretly want you to fail. At times it’s a little discouraging, and draining mentally and emotionally on any human being.
With all of this, how do you even stay motivated?
Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward.Robert Kiyosaki
One simple answer: Know The Vision.
I know what awaits me in the future by not quitting. No setback, negative comment, poor review, failed attempt, or just flat out mistakes will detour me from that vision.
I’ve been at this for quite some time. Only now – like seven years in now – am I scratching the service, and I still have soooo much more work to do. Entrepreneurship is a never ending deal! You have to be constantly consistent, and educate yourself daily. Commit to outdoing yourself on a regular, and keep your brand relevant. Then after all that, you still have to be okay with the “not’s.”
- Not having a lot of sales
- Not solidifying new clients
- Not having a victory after every work day
- Not growing quickly
- Not having a consistent income
- Not being known or acknowledged
These aren’t the things to depend on. The end goal is.
If you are going through hell, keep going.Winston Churchill
I constantly work my fingers to the bone and I’ve had countless sleepless night, and it’s not getting any easier. I’ve had breakdowns, set backs, and doubts more than I could count – but I still make it my mission to make it happen. Why? Because I believe in my vision. If I don’t, who will? I’ve built my business around God, and never giving up. I’ve grown so much as a person through this, and not once have I asked for a hand out, for pity, or for a shortcut. Pure sweat, blood, tears, and grit has gotten me where I am right now. I don’t do it for claps, acknowledgment, or approval. I do it because I truly, deep down in my soul, believe I can make a difference in a lot of people’s lives by staying consistent and organic during the process.
So to actually spend one night highlighting all the hard work that’s been put into building the OFC Brand is an overwhelming feeling. In fact, I’m proud for never giving up, staying true to myself, and keeping my faith at the center of my motivation. Mainly because I don’t boast about what I’ve done or accomplished, yet you all still see and believe in me. Thank you so much.