You’ve seen entrepreneurship after the success story. You’ve seen the multi-millionaires with their blue Twitter check marks and features in Forbes magazine. You know that they put in a lot of hard work and made sacrifices, but you don’t know what any of that that really means. And you don’t know what steps to take to get you where they are.

Our guest writer, Niya Smith, (not to be confused with our Founder, Naya the Creative) is new to the entrepreneurship game. She offers us a fresh perspective on the her first 90 days of entrepreneurship. If you’re on the fence about taking the dive into becoming an entrepreneur, Niya’s sharp advice might help you mentally prepare for what’s up ahead.

Take it away, Niya.

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My First 90 Days of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship: It’s not for the faint hearted.

But, if you approach it with the right mindset, there is room for exponential growth. Here are a few important things I have learned during my first 90 days of entrepreneurship.

My journey to entrepreneurship wasn’t traditional, to say the least.

I was working a full-time job and preparing to leave once I saved enough money and was “ready” to step out on faith. A month before I was set to submit my two week notice, the President of the company walked in my office and told me, “Today is your last day.”

So much for the plan.

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Shocked but settled would be the perfect way to describe that moment; I was shocked that it had happened, but I was settled in the thought that it was game time.

Entrepreneurship causes shifts on so many levels. Everything you do will be different—your conversations, management of time, and thought processes. Some things that were a constant part of your life will not interest you anymore; it’ll feel different, but push through the unfamiliarity.

You’ll be at a stage of “eating what you kill.” You’ll be in survival mode and you have to guard your thoughts during this time. Until you acknowledge distractions, you will not understand how something as small as a simple-minded conversation can throw off your day.

So how do you break away?

1) Be Mindful of Your Time

You start by setting standards for your time. If you are engaged in a conversation and you sense it going in a direction that is vibrating lower than where you are, redirect it. The signal this sends is that when talking to you, other people have to vibrate higher.

2) Be Honest With Yourself

Then you need to learn to be honest with you.

Always ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” and make sure your answer is always pure—if it isn’t, readjust. Understand that the growth ends when you stop being honest with yourself, so readjust whenever necessary.

I’ve heard people say things like, “I just want to be famous.” If you have no idea why you want to be famous, you’ll never manifest anything pure. Who are you helping? Who benefits from your fame, besides you? Oftentimes, because we compare ourselves to others, and might be desperate to win, we don’t check our motives. Identity the areas that are both weak and strong.

A pure heart will attract the answers you’ve been looking for.

In my first 90 days of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned what tenacity is and, now that I have found a rhythm, I’ll stay right here. Whether you have been pushed into, are preparing for, or are already in the entrepreneur world, take the time to grow—don’t rush this time. You have to learn how to build a million dollar business before you create one of your own, it’s okay to be the student!

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While it’s rewarding to wake up every morning and work on the things I believe in most, it was the months leading up to now that prepped me the most for the things I encounter now.

Believing in you,

If you were inspired by Niya’s story and would like guidance on starting your own business, take a free test drive of Side Hustle Business School.

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