3 Contradicting Characteristics of Entrepreneurs
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As promised from my last entry, I already bumped into another amazing individual; and her name is Jenny Torry – the successful owner of an award-winning business called JTorry Makeup + Hair Artistry.
Some of my friends – of many years – are undoubtedly raising their eyebrows at makeup and me being in the same sentence because I was a tomboy who thought the following: “God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another” with makeup.
After meeting Jenny, however, my opinions changed; she turns make-up into an art form. So, instead of placing masks on women, Jenny enhances her clients’ natural features and beauty. In addition to elevating her patrons’ confidence, she also inspires female business owners – like me.
As you might recall, I like to pay forward any kindness that I receive. Therefore, I want to share the following take-away point from my amazing conversation with Jenny. Entrepreneurs have three contradicting characteristics; small start-up business owners are:
As a recent small-business owner, I received many compliments for my bravery; but surprising to some people, I actually did not have a lot of confidence as a child. At an early age, however, I realized that my self-assurance was less wavering as I gradually enhanced my knowledge.
Therefore, I am also a strong believer that “fortune favors the prepared mind;” and in order to appropriately prepare one’s mind, one needs to self-reflect and participate in life-long learning. As you can deduce, however, introspection and continuous self-study can be double-edge swords.
Although my analytical thinking encourages my innovative nature, the attribute can also result in an intriguing issue – an overwhelming amount of confidence. With my investment of many long hours towards the preparation of my ideas, you can imagine my strong or stubborn need to implement my plans and personally see the fruits of my labor.
No matter the amount of education and research, however, one cannot account for every single variable. Admittingly, acknowledging the potential for failure does slightly vacillate my decision-making abilities; but my stubbornness usually leads me towards taking the leap of faith, which resulted in my finding of Off Script Consults.
Due to my obstinacy during the initial launch of Off Script Consults, you could probably imagine me with a business plan – from which I did not want to divert. However, I quickly learned that a successful business required a flexible founder. Without the ability to adapt, my business will fail to thrive.
Therefore, I recently implemented some changes to the onboarding process to create a more convenient but personal environment for my patients and clients; and lastly, but not least, I am also diversifying my revenue streams by providing additional services. So, in addition to being your friendly pharmacist - who personalizes medication regimens, I am also your friendly pharmacist content writer and freelance writer. :)
Interested in knowing more about my journey? As promised, I will have another entry for you by next month! Thank you for keeping up with my blog! If you have any burning topics that you would like for me to discuss, please feel free to let me know.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ross is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin - College of Pharmacy. She is also the Off Script Consults founder with years of experience as a board certified independent pharmacist, who strives to improve the quality of life and financial outcomes of patients and their caring providers through the delivery of enhanced pharmacy services, such as interpreting genetics testing results and assisting providers in achieving star ratings that aim to improve patient outcomes.
Ross currently resides in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband and two dogs. When she is not personalizing medication regimens, Ross enjoys reading and writing. She also loves to paint, hike, rock-climb, and travel.