5 Keys to Success from Top Entrepreneurs

Trying to build something out of nothing is a very daunting task. The will, the passion, the courage all have to be there, and they have to be greater than your desire to quit when times get tough. And times will get tough. More often than not you’ll hear “no” rather than “yes” and people will dismiss your work before praising it. Especially if you’re new and trying to prove your worth.

This past weekend I got the chance to attend a Power Brunch in NYC. The panelists included top entrepreneurs in the food, blogging, fitness, beauty even tea industry. They shared their journey, struggles and accomplishments and gave us tons of real-life advice on how they found success. There were so many good points made but a few kept coming up so I thought I’d share with you, what I’ve dawned, 5 keys to success from top entrepreneurs.

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Cowl Neck Bodysuit: Forever21, Similar HERE || Striped Pants: Forever21, Similar HERE || Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs || Black Structured Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, Similar HERE

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Stay Humble

A singer is nothing without their fans. A Youtuber is nothing without their followers. And a new business is nothing without their customers.

Remaining humble through success can be hard for some. Especially if the journey has been long and tedious and you finally reach the level of success you’ve been dreaming about. But it’s so essential to remember where you came from in order to continue growing. You have to remain willing to learn, aware it can all be taken away in a split second and know when to lose the battle in order to win the war (aka leave your ego at the door).

Create the “Perfect Life” for YOU

We get so busy looking at what others are doing (I spoke about comparison in this post) and sometimes think we have to emulate what their doing in order to also be successful. That’s not the case. What works for someone might not work for you because that’s not your truth, which brings me to the next point..

Be Authentic

People can smell through the bulls!t. Sooner or later they’ll realize your brand isn’t aligned with who you really are but more importantly, you’ll get sick of it too. That’s waytoo much effort when really there’s no need to change who you are. Everyone has a story worth telling (I truly believe that) and it will resonate with your audience if you choose to be authentic.

Lie Like a Motherf*cker 

I love this one because let’s be honest, when people say “Have your people call my people” and you don’t have any “people,” well, you better fake it till you make it. Using “we” (even if it’s just you and your dog) or being your own assistant (this is when your almost believable British accent comes in handy) can help you get a seat at the table.

Don’t Get Caught Up in the Numbers

It can be a scary thing to have all your social media “numbers” out on display where everyone can see how “well” you’re doing but they’re not really as important as you think. Some companies are getting savvy to the fact that numbers are great, but engagement is where it’s at. Having a community that interacts with you is far more important that thousands of followers that don’s say a peep. Keep this in mind next time you start comparing and getting down on yourself. Quality > Quantity.

You can find all the panelists here: Author and Life Coach Ayana @ayanaiman, Celebrity MUA Dominique @dominiquesamuel, Creator of The Rope and The Dance Class at Studio B Amanda @amandakloots, Choreographer and Fitness Trainer Alexis @alexisroseexperience, Nail Extraordinaire Christina @paintboxnails, Blogger and Personality Micah @micahjesse, Chef Renee @nycchefreneeblackman, and for the tea lovers Jenni-Lyn @snarkytea

Thanks for stopping by today! Until next post!

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  • Lie Like a Motherf*cker has to be the best thing I’ve read in a long time 😛

    • Right? I loved how honest the panelists were. It made for good, open conversation – not to mention great advice! Thanks for stopping by Shelby!