Updated: May 30
I'm sometimes reluctant to call my self the CEO but I never hesitate to acknowledge what I've founded.
The Kauffman Foundation’s Trends in Entrepreneurship series, Who is the Entrepreneur? spotlights new entrepreneurs and shows that in 2021 women started 39.9% of businesses, compared to 60% created by men. The percentage of women-owned startups has been relatively consistent since 1996, ranging between a high of 46.4% in 1998 and a low of 36.3% in 2007.
Everyone can't call themselves a founder and be recognized for their efforts. So let's start with a general definition of what a founder actually is.
A founder is a business professional who starts a company. Founders take an idea and use their own skills and knowledge to build a business from nothing. They assume all risks associated with the venture and often use their own capital to establish the company.
With that being said, I would like to share some valuable lessons learned on my journey to becoming a founder. Self-discovery is a really cool discipline to build, but first you will break while undergoing the process.
These lessons include the importance of being resilient, having a clear purpose, being adaptable, building a strong social support system in the absence of a team, and staying true to your values.
I’m emphasizing the need to embrace failure and to continuously learn and grow as a founder. You need to make sure you really want the work that comes with the title.
#1. I had to get to know myself as visionary leader!
In building Tactful Disruption®, a methodology designed to promote innovation and positive change within organizations, through my leadership, I helped companies navigate complex challenges and achieve their goals by fostering a culture of collaboration, diversity, and inclusivity.
My approach emphasizes thoughtful communication, strategic thinking, and a willingness to take risks in pursuit of meaningful progress.
Overall, leadership has had a significant impact on the way organizations approach innovation and change. I had to take the lead and believe I was capable of seeing things through.
#2. I had to asses what drives my passion for innovation and otherworldly commitment to making a positive impact on the world.
My approach is characterized by a willingness to challenge the status quo, a focus on collaboration and community building, and a dedication to creating sustainable solutions that benefit both people and the planet.
Through my focused emotional regulation efforts, I get to demonstrate a remarkable ability to balance strategic thinking with creative problem-solving, and to inspire others to join me in the pursuit of meaningful change.
Sometimes I am physically present while mentally miles away thinking through my future and what I want to manage responsibly.
#3. I had to upskill in strategic planning, innovation, and product development.
I had to acknowledge I had extensive experience in leading cross-functional teams and driving growth for companies in various industries from previous employment roles.
Additionally, while I had formal training in communications, counseling and economic development I cultivated a background in design thinking and learned to apply this methodology to develop customer-centric solutions.
Through my expertise, I will continue to find ways to help organizations transform their business models to stay competitive in today's rapidly changing market. I whole heartedly embrace my abstract thinking for creative problem solving.
#4. I have faced numerous obstacles, including learning how to walk again and experiencing workplace discrimination, but I persist in pursuing my goals and advocating for change…
Through my grit and tenacity, I hope to inspire others to push through adversity and make a positive impact in their own communities.
I never let having to do it alone deter me. Getting bullied prepares you mentally and emotionally to get through the thick of things. It also reminds you the bystanders are just as guilty as the aggressors- fuck all of them. Do what helps you live!
When you accept that others will not always accept you- you have so much more peace. I use that peace to go after my dreams. Besides things always work out for the underdog.
#5 Honor the significant contributions of empowering individuals and organizations to navigate complex systems with integrity and creativity.
I had to reflect on the impact I was making and how it could be seen through my work as a consultant, educator, and writer, where I emphasized the importance of ethical and inclusive practices.
Through faith, I have been able to help countless individuals and organizations create positive change in their communities and industries.
Just do you!
Overall, my journey highlights the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and offers valuable insights for aspiring founders.
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