Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, each carrying unique advice they’ve learned from their careers.
To celebrate National Entrepreneurs’ Day, we’ve gathered advice from a few Zilker Media entrepreneurs and wanted to share their wisdom with you!
CEO OF CHARLENE WHEELESS LLC
“Building a business has been one of the greatest delights of my career. It’s not easy, but after spending 33 years in corporate America, it was time to walk away and fulfill a different destiny.
My executive advisory firm has helped change lives by helping companies and leaders address systemic racism and implicit bias deeply seeded in their organizations, while also helping them to be a better leader.”
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF ZILKER MEDIA
“The biggest lesson I learned as an entrepreneur connects back to Peter Drucker’s famous quote: “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” Every ounce of success I may have had can be tied back to a focus on building a foundation for the business focused on culture. When you focus on that first it gives you the ability to power through just about any challenge that you may face.”
ENTREPRENEURIAL BOARD OF DIRECTOR, CEO, CONTENT EXPERT AND CPA
“While some can be successful in the short term, I’ve found that real value and wealth come from playing the Long Game. Taking care of your employees, customers, vendors and investors takes time and investment, but if you do it right, if you do it consistently, and if you do it deliberately, you’ll find greater success.”
BESTSELLING AUTHOR, LEADERSHIP SPEAKER AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT
“Finding purpose is the single most important factor to your success.
This is especially true in times of overwhelm and uncertainty. Purpose is what keeps #burnout at bay and keeps us moving forward. I have found that these 4 F’s are the key to fighting for purpose in our everyday lives.
➡️ Facts over Fear
➡️ Feeling your Feelings
➡️ Face your Failures Head-on.”
BESTSELLING AUTHOR, GLOBAL TECH CEO
“They say ‘You’ve got to spend money to make money’… what I learned while creating a new B2C brand is that “You’ve got to spend a LOT of money to make a LITTLE money.
It’s a game of inches. The 80/20 rule doesn’t apply like it does in B2B. It takes getting 50 things right. It takes surrounding yourself with a diverse group of amazing marketing experts who know what they are doing to make it happen. The experts who are Top 1% of their game often provide 10 times the value of the people who are in the Top 20%.”
FOUNDER OF NEXT COAST VENTURES
“You might be an entrepreneur if…
– You want to break the status quo.
– You dream of doing your own thing.
– You have passion.
As entrepreneurs, we’re all a little bit different. But one trait we share is that we’re motivated to build something, to have an impact.”
CEO OF ALTER ENDEAVORS AND FOUNDER OF CATCH ENGINE
“If I have to choose only one piece of advice today, then it’s this – build community. The difference between being self-employed and building a lasting, sustainable business begins and ends with the people around you.”
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE CARUSO LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
“In life, like in business, every interaction is an opportunity to build, extend, and enhance a relationship.”
PRESIDENT & CEO OF AVANTGARDE LLC
“Becoming an entrepreneur and small business owner has been exciting, challenging, stretching (more than any other stretching I have ever undertaken), and exhausting. But oh, has it been worth it! I can’t encourage you enough to set your goals, plan, work hard, and dream big. It is the formula for success. Never, never give up on your dreams, even when the odds and obstacles seem stacked against you and even when the noise around you seems deafening and negative voices are dragging you down.”
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