In this day and age, everyone is trying to become an entrepreneur. Heck, more and more people are starting to follow their dreams in general.
With that said, more and more people are starting to, of course, say they are entrepreneurs. While you are what you say you are, sometimes it’s quite the challenge to say you are something and then gain the respect you deserve in the process. The people around you, such as your peers, won’t always see the hard work you are putting in.
You tell folks you are an entrepreneur, and they might respond by asking you which businesses you own or how much money is in your bank account. If you give them a less-than-desirable answer, then they might mock you for the simple fact that you say you are something but it really isn’t showing in the success department.
Two things: (1) You don’t need those types of naysayers in your life. (2) Everyone has to start from somewhere.
Still, we are left with one question. How can entrepreneurs, especially young entrepreneurs, gain respect from their peers? Luckily, we have come up with three ways entrepreneurs can gain respect from their peers, and you can find said ways below.
3 Ways Young Entrepreneurs Can Gain Respect From Their Peers
- Hustle Like It’s No One’s Business
- Twofer: Practice What You Preach, And Deliver
- Stay Humble, And Let Your Success Do All Of The Talking
Hustle Like It’s No One’s Business
Don’t be one of those people who says they are something (such as a writer, artist, entrepreneur — you name it) and doesn’t follow through. That’s the last way to earn respect. Instead, say you are something, and then hustle like you’ve never hustled before.
People, and especially your peers, tend to admire hard work and determination, which is why those two things should be your go-tos.
If you are putting in the work by logging double-digit hours (side note: make sure you are working smart, and bring productivity into the mix), then people will respect you. Sure, they might be a little pessimistic at first, because you will be working all the time and saying no to going out on the weekends, but they will also start to respect you because they will see you putting all of your time and effort into your goals and dreams.
There is nothing more motivating than seeing a person close to your heart hustling like it’s no one’s business in hopes of making their goals and dreams come true. Surely, your peers think the same thing, and will respect you in no time if they see how motivated and focused you are.
Twofer: Practice What You Preach, And Deliver
The best way to get respect — in any line of work, might we add — is by practicing what you preach, and then delivering.
You say you work harder than anyone else. Great! If that is the case, then why are you going out every night of the week, or not putting in any work on the weekends? You say you want to be an entrepreneur, then great! How are you doing that? Are you saving up money to buy some stake in a company? Are you trying to start up a business? Are you networking by going to conferences? Are you learning about your industry by reading during your free time?
One of the easiest ways to gain respect is not by saying you are something, but following through and actually being said something, by practicing what you preach.
On top of that, if you say you can get done with a certain project, make a business deal happen or whatever it might be, then you better deliver — well, if you want to gain respect from your peers, that is.
No matter what your line of work is, if you practice what you preach and deliver, respect will start to flood your life.
Stay Humble, And Let Your Success Do All Of The Talking
If you continue to hustle and learn/seek knowledge, then you will eventually achieve a massive amount of success. You will eventually turn your goals and dreams into a reality. When this happens — and it will if you never give up and learn from your failures — you have to stay humble. In a sense, you should let all of your success and achievements do the talking for you.
While you can really blow people’s minds (you know, the naysayers and your peers) by bragging about how much money you make, staying humble is one of the classiest things you can possibly do, and it will surely gain you an overwhelming amount of respect.
There will come a time and place for fancy cars and extravagant dinners, but there is nothing more respectful than giving back, whether that is through charity, philanthropy or whatever it might be.
Always hustle and always stay humble. That is how you gain respect as a young entrepreneur.
We live in a day and age when so many people are chasing their dreams. That is all well and good, especially if you want to be an entrepreneur, but just get ready for a storm of naysayers to come raining down on you. Luckily, by hustling, practicing what you preach and staying humble, you can gain respect from said naysayers and your peers.
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