3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Business

Looking back at my journey with entrepreneurship so far, there are many lessons to take away.

There is so much I would have done differently with everything I know now.

And I would have probably attained success much quicker had I known them earlier.

Thankfully, my students have that luxury because I share with them everything I know.

But that wasn’t the case for me.

However, that is the point of embarking on this journey of business.

The best reward isn’t the wealth or the success, but the lessons learned as you challenge yourself every single day to be better and do better.

And here are 3 of those lessons I wish I knew before starting a business:

1. Business is a marathon, not a sprint

I have spoken about this topic many times, however it deserves to be repeated.

There is no such thing as get rich quick in business.

Building a great business takes time, and it’s all about small consistent actions done daily that end up snowballing into massive success over time.

2. Mindset is half the battle

You will be faced with challenges to your mindset daily such as “why didn’t I make that sale” or “why is my business not doing as good as expected”.

If you allow yourself to dwell in those thoughts and negative self-talk, instead of taking positive action, it will massively hurt you in the long run.

Half the battle in business is inner work – making sure your mindset is in the right place and that you are paying attention to your thought patterns.

3. Focus on impact and the income will follow

When I first started, I was really fixated on making sure I started making an income from my business.

However my priorities were all wrong because no one even knew I existed and why they should work with me in the first place!

Instead, I wish I realised earlier that I just needed to focus on impact. On being heard by the people that needed it most and helping them in the way that I could, and the income will follow.

That’s my 3 lessons I wish I knew. Do you have some of your own? 

Share them below and let’s get this discussion going! 👇

Written by Abby El-Asmar

Abby is a business & marketing consultant – and the founder of Ummahpreneur. His passion is to nurture a new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs that will impact the world in a positive way while uplifting the Ummah!

November 12, 2021

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