Entrepreneurial Dreams and Reality Bites

January 8, 2013
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Terri Maxwell

Entrepreneurial Dreams and Reality Bites

When most of us started our business, we had big dreams. We had passion for our work but wanted to be free of the drudgery of cube-filled days with bosses we didn’t respect. However, we also had false ideas of what it meant to be an entrepreneur.

Those dreams were in large part due to the passion of our work, and the growing sense that we were destined to do more with our life than drudge through cube-filled days, with bosses we didn’t respect.

However, the media also played a huge part in distorting our perspective of what life is really like for an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship, has in large part, been glamorized. This is true mainly because those who write about it haven’t actually BEEN an entrepreneur. From the outside, it’s easy to see only the benefits of that path, rather than the risks and challenges.

Of course, I fantasize that many secretly wish they had the courage to venture out on their own, but I’ve learned that not everyone is as eager to start a business as what they profess; regardless of what they say.

Anyway, enjoy this short article “Entrepreneurship Never Promised You A Rose Garden” by Paul Morin and use 2013 to set realistic expectations for your business. Having a business is an amazing journey, and it will positively impact your life, as long as you don’t let reality bite and steal your dreams.

With the soulfulness of Wayne Dyer and the entrepreneurial spirit of Richard Branson, Terri is a world-class business growth expert, social impact investor, and serial entrepreneur whose purpose is to inspire potential. With her own money, Terri built a portfolio of purposeful companies, Share On Purpose, Inc., and now invests in and creates mission-driven start-ups.

In a career that spans more than 25 years, Terri has launched, owned, sold, rebranded or turned around more than 40 companies. She is known for her game-changing business models and personal transformation frameworks.

Everything she built came directly from a wellspring of perseverance and soulful resiliency, which she openly shares through her first purposeful brand, Succeed On Purpose.


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