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Once I started my own company ConZerge, LLC—emphasis on the big Z—with my mother and father in what I have dubbed the Mom and Pop Virtual Shop (here’s looking at my undergrad senior thesis that I’ve been putting on the back burner with everything going on), I realized that I had become more of a risk-taker. To be an entrepreneur is to risk it all. The stakes are high, but the rewards are greater than you can ever predict.

Make Mistakes

I used to play it safe, being that dead fish that swam with the stream. I used to be content with following the traditional timeline of life where you graduate from college, get married, have kids, and attempt to climb the corporate ladder until you retire. Really, though, who wants to climb the corporate ladder anymore?

Work It

                I love the idea of being your own boss, especially as a woman. However, I do notice that we tend to forget the little nuances of everyday life during the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship. On that note, for any fellow entrepreneur out there putting themselves out on the line, here are twenty-one simple tips for success by H. Jackson Brown, Jr: the American author of Life’s Little Instruction Book.

Agree or disagree with these tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts—especially about number one. 🙂

21 Tips For Success Note

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

  6. Be generous.

  7. Have a grateful heart.

  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

  12. Commit yourself to quality.

  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

  14. Be loyal.

  15. Be honest.

  16. Be a self-starter.

  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

  20. Take good care of those you love.

  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

Cheers,

XOXO,

Kelly

AKA

@alphafemsociety

@bobellerz

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