Monday, November 26, 2012

A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur- Robyn Leigh Butler


A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur
By Robyn Leigh Butler
Owner / Creative Director

I’m still getting used to the title “Entrepreneur” for so many years I had been a “Writer”
then “Freelancer”. I thought of myself as an artist not an entrepreneur. Over the years
I’ve come to realize that an entrepreneur is someone who takes defeat and transforms it
into something else finding a way around each NO on the way to the goal. In this case
the goal is a successful business.

I could tell you that everyday is filled with meetings, phone calls and emails. I could tell
you that there are fabulous power lunches and networking socials. I could also tell you to
watch similar reality shows on the Bravo and WE channels. In reality none of that really
matters. What matters is what you do on the days where nothing happens. Rarely does
any of that get broadcasted on television.

There will be those days where the phone is quiet, where the day is open and the Inbox is
empty. There will be days when there are no lunches and the bars are empty. Those are
the days where I push myself the hardest.

On those days I like to figure out how I can go farther, how I can transform what
didn’t work into something that will. I create work for myself. I push myself to write
out a script, to plan out a project, to research my newest idea. On those days I gather
inspiration and information from television, wisdom from books and meditate on
creativity. On those days I get no sleep, hardly eat and watch my daughter pout as I ask
her for one more hour to work. Those are the days where people think I’ve gone too far.

Going too far creates the days filled with meetings, emails and phone calls. It creates
the days for manifesting creativity and accomplishing goals. It pushes a person to learn
more, be better, and overcome obstacles. The poet T.S. Eliot is quoted as saying “You
never know how far you can go until you go too far”. A day in the life of an entrepreneur
should be a day you’ve gone too far.