This time last year I was diving headfirst into business. I walked away from a 13 year career in the public service, pulling the trigger on business and my happiness. With $76 in the bank, a can-do attitude and fearlessness in my belly I set off in uncharted waters.
Fast forward one year and… I’m alive! I made it! (Cue Destiny Child’s Survivor because we are celebrating. Hard.)
People, your sisters, your tribe and community will tell you – business is hard. They tell you it’s not for the faint hearted and you’re going to learn more about yourself in the testing grounds of an entrepreneur than anywhere else.
In the moments I thought I would go under or not make it through today let alone tomorrow, next week or next year, I tapped into what I knew would ground me, inspire me and push me: my culture.
This week is NAIDOC Week and it’s no coincidence that as I reflect on my year in business, I reminisce on the role my identity, connection to country, kinship and spirituality has played in my business over the last 12 months.
When I felt I couldn’t do this; like I wasn’t made for business, I was undeserving of the success I had created for myself, I remembered this:
I am a Barkindji woman from the Darling River and I have 60,000-year-old knowledge, wisdom, strength, determination and love in my DNA. How could I possibly fail?
Truth be told, there is an endless list of things that could go wrong in business but failing – there is no such thing. I have learnt over the past 12 months some of the hardest stuff you’ll face is believing in yourself, your ability to do this and being able to pivot from the energy that is trying to bring you down.
There’s a scene in the TV show Birdbox where Sandra Bullock is rowing that boat, just hoping and praying they get to where they need. That is totally relatable as a business owner.
In 2019, we can still be underestimated as women in business, and especially underestimated as black women in business. Through this, we shouldn’t lose connection and knowledge of our brilliance and the contribution we make to our families, our communities and the Australian economy.
Black women in this country: because of who you are, where you’ve come from and who walks beside you, you have the ability, the strength, the wisdom and exactly what is required to own and operate a business today and into the future. Even if business is unpredictable scary, or feels like you’re bungee jumping without rope.
From a woman who not only celebrated one year in business but has started a second, here’s the advice I have for you:
Sister, know your worth, be unshakeable in your belief of the problem you’re solving, surround yourself with the good women who will have your back, expand your thinking and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Greatness waits on the side of this, go get it.
This awesome piece by Dixie Crawford was first published by Business Chicks here and is republished with permission.