If I could go back in time and take the advice from the man sitting at my bar top, I would. Back then what he was saying did not make sense to me, but he was thinking more outside of the box than I was at 19 (he was probably an entrepreneur). I am on a completely different path, and everything happens for a reason, so I know that, and it is fine.
When I was 19, I bartended at Logan’s Roadhouse, and I had a pretty decent time making money and mixing drinks.
Then I wanted to open my own marketing firm. To get there I thought it would be best if I worked for a marketing firm first, so I can learn before opening my own business.
If you have been following this blog or me on Instagram for a minute now, you probably know that is definitely not what I want to do anymore. Now, I realized my real vision for myself…
I want to be a professional/ full-time blogger who offers services to individuals and small businesses. So, no I do not want to open my own marketing firm anymore, and I am so happy with that decision.
Well, back when I was 19 I did not even really know of blogging, so being a blogger was not on my radar, at all. I just knew I liked marketing and making someone fall in love with something. I had no clue what important role social media was taking in marketing or what the term influencer was.
Friends I do now! And I fell in love with my new vision for myself and the knowledge I am gaining on this journey.
I am only 24! They definitely weren’t teaching this when I was in school. I was actually talking to my BFF yesterday about what I’ve learned in college (over marketing) and how I had to re-teach myself after I graduated! Colleges/universities may have started implementing social media marketing in their curriculum, but it is BRAND NEW.
Now, I know you guys are probably wondering…what’s the best advice that I never took. I am getting there, but every great story has a backstory – lol.
Many people give you advice, even when it is not wanted. However, not everyone gives you the best advice or the best advice for your current situation.
Well, gang the day I was bartending, I had a man at my, and he asked what I wanted to do. Of course, at that time in my life, I wanted to work for a fantastic marketing firm (or marketing department in a company) and then open my own marketing firm. You know working in the corporate ladder is what is installed in our brains at an early age.
**As you see I have wanted to be an entrepreneur for a while now so this is not just something new I thought of.
The man’s response upset me back then. When I was younger, I hated sharing my plans/visions, and someone shoots it down (presentation was crucial for me and still is today). The (best) advice he said to me was “why would I do that? Why would you work for someone else when I can work for myself.”
I responded to him confused…like what do you mean! I thought it was obvious!!! So, I told him that I have to learn about the industry. How would I know how to run a marketing firm if I never been a part of one.
His response…you’ll figure it out.
Friends, I thought this man was insane, and I hated how he was shooting down my dreams. However, nearly six years later I realize that advice was advice from an entrepreneur. Advice from someone with the title that I dreamed of having. Why do we think we have to work for others before working for ourselves?
Today, looking back at that time (all though everything happens for a reason) what he said it was literally the best advice for any open-minded future entrepreneur to hear.
I now realize what he said was absolutely correct and I agree with it today.
This year I plan on taking the necessary steps to turn my passion into a business and then empire by working for myself.
When people tell you things you do not want to hear, or you do not like the delivery on how they said it, get your emotions out of the picture and try to focus on the content of the message versus the presentation.