From the moment I assigned myself the role of 'Entrepreneur', I quickly realised something;
This role is not for the faint at heart!
I vividly remember the moment the website for my business, The Healthy Hijab, went live - this was it! This was the moment I would make it big! Success, fame and opportunities wrapped in gold bows would hurl themselves at me faster than I could imagine!
I mean, how could it not? My business after all, was unique! There was none like it!
Needless to say that this was far from what happened in real life. Almost a year passed quickly and I realised, I had nothing to show for it! All the success I had imagined was nowhere near in sight and I felt like a failure.
My business was not making any money and I was spending hours on end on various social media trying to lure people in to something I was slowly loosing faith in myself. And for a long time, I couldn't figure out why.
As time passed, I continued to push forward, determined not to give up, hoping that success was just around the next corner.
Eventually I learned a valuable lesson; I was playing it too safe.
I was aiming to please rather than preach. Share rather than sell. Compromise rather than confront.
The moment I realised how much damage I was doing to the brand I once had dreamed of creating, I could start taking my role as an 'entrepreneur' seriously.
I sometimes like to refer to this as my 'FUCK YOU' moment.
Not because I like to be crude (although I do like to be crude most times), but because it was the first time I started handling my business as just that; A BUSINESS!
You can't please them all and in fact in business, trying to please everyone will sooner make you bankrupt than a billionaire.
So in order to succeed you have to learn how to say 'FUCK YOU' to the people who won't like your authentic voice, to those who disagree to everything you say and those who simply hate for the sake of hating.
It was also the moment I started doing something I hadn't been too familiar with until that point; doing scary shit despite the fear of failure and judgement!
I started making bolder investments, creating provoking social media content, charging for my worth and speaking authentically through my unfiltered tongue.
And not surprisingly, it worked!
Since then, my business, I'm happy to share with you, has been flourishing - going from strength to strength, Alhamdullah! All because I did and continue to do some scary shit.
So today I took yet another step and confronted something I've long feared and has had me postpone the launch date of this particular blog:
I had a photoshoot in public... on my own!
Successful entrepreneurship is pretty simple when you want it to be. Sometimes you just have to feel the fear and do it anyway.
More than three years down my entrepreneurial road, I'm still facing things that scare me. Like a one-woman photoshoot in public... to take pictures that people might judge... for a blog that might fail.
Because you can never truly stop learning how to become just a little bit more fearless.