We all have a story as to how we began our journey as an entrepreneur.  You may have been laid off, or your company downsized and your job became obsolete, or you decided that working for someone else just wasn’t working for you any longer!  Whatever your story, that was just the beginning for you, wasn’t it? 

Yes, both of us, Founders here at Cheetah Fusion have a different story as to how we became entrepreneurs.  That said, there’s a direct correlation between becoming an entrepreneur and being forced to figure out what you’re going to do with your life –it’s all about mindset!  If you look at any of the highly successful entrepreneurs, they all have something in common –they didn’t necessarily fit the mold.  That’s definitely a theme for many entrepreneurs.  Many of us are searching for a way to showcase our talents, create something incredible and make a difference. 

We believe there is more, a greater purpose and often, it’s about creating our “own mold” that feels right and allows us to have the flexibility and freedom we crave –lots of hard work too, but the ability to start something from the ground up.  Now, is entrepreneurship for everyone?  No.  There is a certain personality, a certain tolerance for risk and a definite desire for a less structured and regimented lifestyle.  We work best when we can think outside the box, create, and drive innovation.  We have a different work ethic and motivation, which sets us apart. 

Entrepreneurs think differently, experience life and work differently. We are driven by the very idea that it is up to us to make things work -failure is not an option.  That is a force that pulls us out of the pain of remaining the same.  That is what causes us to have a strong vision, unique ideas and an unstoppable spirit that keeps us pivoting, adjusting and evolving.  When something doesn’t go the way we thought it would, we keep our ear to the ground, we source new ideas and innovation.  Our nature and the very crux of our being is about making ideas come to life –we are the heart of change.  Have you ever seen a successful entrepreneur want to retire?  Not a chance.  Our business is in our blood and our desire to make things happen pumps through us, our heart beats stronger because of it.  So, if any of this rings true for you, you are indeed an Entrepreneur!

 

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Do you find that people take a long time to respond to your emails or telephone messages?  Or the most devastating situation, is when they completely forget to call or email you back?  Now I can understand that sometimes, emails or messages get lost in cyberspace or they find their way to your spam or junk folder every now and then.  This happens to the best of us.  That said, what do you do if it’s someone you work with regularly, a supplier, a vendor or how many of you have a client who just does not respond to you?  What do you do?

Here are a few thoughts and ideas to help you deal with this challenge.  Let’s take for instance, a supplier you have always used, has recently changed management and you notice that they are not a responsive as they used to be. 

Step 1: You call or email them with an order for a customer and do not receive a response or confirmation of the order.  A good practice is to wait two business days, then follow up with them by telephone.  We all know that emails sometimes make their way into your recipient’s junk mail or spam folder.  By calling them, you can hopefully connect with someone who can check on your order to ensure it’s been received.  Be sure to provide them with a phone number and an email address where you can be reached, and request a timeline of when you can expect delivery. 

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