Can you imagine walking into a shop and telling the shopkeeper that you don't like the fact that he sells cigarettes, alcohol or even fish because you're vegan and you don't believe people should smoke, drink or eat anything that was living?
And I've no doubt you're thinking right now, "No Trish! Who in their right mind would do that!"
Exactly! And yet you'd be surprised. It's certainly not the done thing, yet so many entrepreneurs think it's okay to do it on social media.
Let me explain ...
We're living in an era where becoming an entrepreneur is easier than it's ever been. However, that in itself has posed a problem especially with the ever increasing prominence of social media ... everybody has a voice and they don't care how they use it! Ouch!
Yes, everyone wants to be someone else's coach or mentor and they show up on other people's social media pages or profiles and feel the need to tell them what they should or shouldn't say.
This doesn't just damage the reputation of the individual voicing their opinions, it shuts other people down from being authentic and using their own voice.
To me, entrepreneurship is more than the selling or the transactions of commerce. The title itself comes with an implicit and explicit behaviour that is respected by many ... it's that of maturity.
It's true, an entrepreneur in the traditional sense was all about the number of businesses a person starts. Today's entrepreneurs move beyond that and focus on growing themselves too.
I believe people look up to us and expect us to behave differently, to be about affecting change and transforming lives, so let's not disappoint them!
Use your authentic voice for the good of others and be a leader, not a follower.
Until next time, Ciao!
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Trish Jones is a Speaker, Storytelling Coach and Author, who empowers and equips women to create a business and life that's in harmony with who they are from the inside out by bringing more of their personality, their voice and their message to the marketplace. Trish would love to connect with you on Facebook.