Being an entrepreneur is hard. It’s like trying to cook dinner, balance a checkbook, and create a digital product while whitewater rafting.
It’s entertaining to watch from the sidelines. But it’s not the easiest to do when you’re the one trying to balance it all, weaving between the sharp rocks and steep waterfalls.
Sure. You get everything done. But, you also barely survive the day.
Welcome to my life––and I’m sure the life of many readers delving into this article.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you get it. Lots of people think you’re crazy for living so adventurous, but there’s something about living life outside the box that makes you get up in the morning, overflow that coffee cup, and continue to work towards your goals.
Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It’s not a pretty job. But it’s a job that takes you on a journey of pitfalls and purpose daily.
No other job will make you doubt your sanity, throw you into the unknown, and give you a greater sense of excitement. Being an entrepreneur is more than a 9-5 work week––it’s a way of life––it’s a different way of seeing the world. And no one understands this more than Reese Witherspoon.
Countless women have started their own companies, but only Reese Witherspoon became famous for her pink and scented resume. For over 20-years, she’s built a successful production company, a famous fashion business, and been recognized for her incredible acting and directing career.
If you need some encouragement, check out these quotes by a fellow entrepreneur. These words from Reese Witherspoon will give you the strength to keep hustling, keep working, and keep being an entrepreneur that creates change. Write them down, post them in your car, and make them your new tattoo.
Set your foundation with these words from Reese, and be an entrepreneur that builds your business and your life.
Beleive in Yourself
“This idea that we are our own saviors, our own heroes. That’s hard, but also incredibly uplifting.” –– Reese Witherspoon
Keep Creating Change
“All we can do to create change is work hard. That’s my advice: Just do what you do well.” ––Reese Witherspoon
Be Your Greatest Cheerleader
“All those things that you’re worried about are not important. You’re going to be OK. Better than OK. You’re going to be great. Spend less time tearing yourself apart, worrying if you’re good enough. You are good enough. And you’re going to meet amazing people in your life who will help you and love you.” — Reese Witherspoon
Stay Away from Toxicity
“I’ve realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn’t appreciate me, treat me with respect, or bring value to the relationship.” — Reese Witherspoon
Go For It
“If you’re one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.” — Reese Witherspoon
Be Confident in Who You Are
“When you finally accept that you’re a complete dork, your life gets easier. No sense in trying to be cool.” — Reese Witherspoon
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy.
I get it. I want to quit at least once a week. But, there’s no other job that makes life worth living––there’s no other business that makes like fun.
So, when you feel like quitting or grow tired of being an entrepreneur, take a breath, call a friend, and remind yourself why you decided to start your company.
Build a business and a life.
As a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Leadership Strategist, Dr. Colleen Batchelder helps leaders create companies where Millennials want to work. Her doctoral background in leadership and global perspectives gives her an added edge because she approaches generational dissonance from all directions, including from an anthropological, theological, sociological, and ethnographic lens. Connect with Dr. Batchelder on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.