Megan's Birthday: 21 Lessons I've Learned
August 16, 2016
Hi Everyone!!! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!! I wanted to celebrate with all of you by sharing a few pieces of wisdom that I have learned as the young CEO of my company over the past few years. It is a list of 21 lessons I wish I would have known four years ago as a high school girl with a big idea.
- An idea is amazing but it doesn’t mean anything until you do something to make it real.
- Do not ever be intimidated because you feel that you don’t know how or where to begin.
- No one really does when they start their first company.
- There is no path to follow, you’re making your own.
- Your friends may not understand what you’re trying to do. In fact, most won’t. That’s ok.
- As a young founder, you will have to prove that you are serious about your idea. More than a few times.
- Finding mentors to have as sounding boards is helpful in more ways I can count.
- Be prepared to give-up your weekends and time outside of school.
- To start a company means spending almost all of your time working on that, so you better be pretty much obsessed with your idea.
- You have to build your own credibility. You do that by following-up and following through.
- It’s great to know the things you can do well.
- But, it’s as important to know what you don’t do well so that you can hire team members to fill those gaps.
- Hire smart people that inspire you.
- Don’t hire your friends.
- You have one, big-picture goal, so stay laser-focused on making that happen. Before big decisions, sleep on it.
- Some things feel like the end of the world. It’s not.
- Starting your own company is so much more challenging and difficult than I ever imagined, so be ready to work harder than you thought you could.
- Take a breath, you will always figure it out.
- Being a founder will feel overwhelming at times. Often even.
- But, being a founder also brings more joy, satisfaction, and happiness than anything I’ve ever done in my life.
- Lastly and most importantly: You can do this. As a young girl with no prior start-up experience, you are 100% capable of starting your own business so do not ever let anyone tell you differently. You can do this too.
I wouldn’t be where I am now without all of YOU in the Yellowberry community! Please know that from the bottom of my now 21-year-old heart, I am eternally grateful for all of your support, kind words and unwavering belief in our mission to celebrate girls.