If it were easy, we'd all be entrepreneurs!
This is a guest post from Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.
So many of us venture into entrepreneurship without realizing what we are getting ourselves into. If it was easy, many more people would do it. The highs and lows are similar to the sales experience and it's lonely at top of your own business. Discipline is self-imposed.
Having spent two decades in banking as a business development executive in international banking certainly helped with the business aspect of my company, but the routine change is a challenge for the most organized person. You work all the time. Don't get me wrong, I love being an entrepreneur, not because I don't have to listen to procrastinating bosses, but because it's one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
Starting my own business fueled my desire to start an organization that supports women entrepreneurs exclusively. Not long after the first two initial events, a non-profit organization was born along with a full blown board of directors, all like-minded women hungry to make a difference in the community and eager for success and leadership roles. After all, women entrepreneurship has been one of the fastest-growing trends of the last decade.
What it takes to become an entrepreneur varies. Ask anyone this question and you'll get as many different answers as the number of people you asked. I had no idea that one day I would become one. It just happened. One day I was a mother, decided to stay at home for a little while with my first born, and my creative juices started flowing. I left banking behind. Then I found myself carefully crafting a mission statement. The rest is history.
Many women (and men sometimes) ask me how I got started. I just started doing it, established a legal entity, and got qualified mentors along the way, which by the way, are the key to business insight and quick advancement for anyone, no matter whether you are an entrepreneur in a large organization or in your own business. What's really important is to have the spirit of determination that you'll make it work no matter what obstacles you have to overcome.
Let's put it this way, if I hadn't become an entrepreneur, I probably wouldn’t have published my first book (now on the second one!), and I wouldn't have grown internally and as a business professional. Yes, entrepreneurship is hard if you do it well. It has made me more resilient and it has given me the endurance and the courage to conquer the world, and as I grow older, I've become braver too. Obstacles have become challenges and opportunities to do what others don't dare to do.
I surround myself with positive and highly-motivated and hardworking entrepreneurs because they make my work look easy. I am always yearning to escalate the next step as the top is always one level higher every time and having this network makes it feel more achievable. If you ever asked yourself if entrepreneurship is for you, it probably is, otherwise you wouldn’t have asked that question to begin with. That's how it starts!
Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an internationally recognized award-winning author and chef entrepreneur who consults and builds strategies for global food companies and non-profit organizations developing products and acting as brand ambassador and spokesperson and creating PR/marketing campaigns for successful high-end galas and fundraising events. Her mission is to bridge the knowledge gap of Latin American culture in the United States while creating awareness about cultural nuances and educating companies and individuals through bilingual speaking and writing, strategic consulting, and fun healthy gourmet culinary experiences. More: AmaliaLLC.com