Catherine M. Merritt

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Five Entrepreneurial Lessons

Embrace Challenges
Embrace the challenges. (I know, easier said than done.) They’re not fun, they’re often uncomfortable, but they make you better. 

Network Gold
Use and build your network. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and connect with so many inspiring, helpful, successful people, many of whom I didn’t know but simply reached out to and asked to meet. Never be afraid to put out the ask and build your network and community.

Change is Good
Being able to learn, apply those learnings, and pivot is essential. But hard. Take a step back and reassess if the path you’re on is the right one. Also find people (either co-founders, board members, or advisors) who can help you see changes and offer outside perspective.

It's a Marathon
It’s not a sprint. As someone who loves to jump out of the gate and get as many things done in a day as possible, this was a hard, but very necessary, lesson. Embrace the journey, know it’s going to be longer than you thought, but that makes you better for it.

Celebrate the Wins
And move past your losses. The journey of entrepreneurship has high highs and low lows. It’s important to celebrate as many wins as possible and use that positivity to get you through the hard lows. This also goes back to using your community to help you when you need it. 

Catherine Merritt