3 things I have learned from Miami's Small Business Expo
1st and foremost I have to say that it is not easy being an entrepreneur. I mean it is hard ok!!! But once you get the hang of it, you see things in a new light and accept the challenges. Feb 14th was Small Business Expo day. The experts that I met definitely served as models that I want to emulate one day. The following are a few things that I have learned while attending this expo:
1. DONT BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS
When going to these free events your focus is to gain as much knowledge as possible. But never have you thought about spending an enormous amount of money after a pitch. Which is actually the goal for these businesses. Their focus is to sell a product or a service at a cost which can be exorbitant for some, only the bold will take risks and invest in their no future. We are talking services staring at 5k or more. The lesson here is don't be afraid to invest in yourself. If you can learn from a millionaire just do it. They can teach you the steps on how to get where they are if you are really willing to learn.
2. CAN'T BE SHY IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
I am an introvert. I'm probably the biggest introvert you have ever met. I spend most of my days behind a screen and really don't like interacting with people when unnecessary. Well can't really be this way around people in a business expo now can I? The goal is to meet fellow entrepreneurs and connect with people of your industry. You never know who you can collaborate with that will enhance what you are already doing. Shaking hands and talking to others is a must. The lesson here is to get out of your comfort zone. Introverts like me don't like being around crowds however if you are a hard worker and have goals you will bypass those fears and do what is necessary to succeed in life and in your business. I know easier said than done but really just do it!
3. APPLY WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED.
Many of us after an event tend to put our notes on a shelf and forget we have ever been out the previous day. We tend to go back to our daily routine and forget about implementing what we have learned. Don't do that. Just don't do it. Strike while the iron is hot. Those notes, those workshops meant something. The next day should be dedicated in revising those notes and applying them as much as you can. Those experts are rich for a reason. Think about it and let it sink in for a minute. The lesson here is FOLLOW UP AND FOLLOW THROUGH....PERIOD!
Hopefully these tips have been useful and I wish you success in your next venture.