Introducing Myself!

emergentcorp
Posted September 23, 2015 from Belize

In past two years I have spend a lot of time reflecting on how I take a leap of faith to become more engaged as an entrepreneur and so take the control of my own economic empowerment.

Why did this happen you may ask – I got pushed out of my employment in a way that I just couldn’t believe. I was the best qualified, had satisfactory work performance with significant contributions and achievements in my employment position and, in my opinion, acted as a leader in the leadership position I held. It turns out that acting as a leader and speaking out on issues that warranted it was the piece of the puzzle that was not fitting in my employment story.

Perhaps you can imagine how shocked I was by the turn of events in my life when it was time to renew my contract and I was impolitely pushed out. The next twelve months that passed proved to be very interesting for me as I worked hard to gain new employment. I was critically analytical of the space and time I was in and eventually realized it was not enough to have the highest possible level of training if all it did was prepare me to ‘work for someone or some agency.’

I concluded that it was MOST important for me to learn how to generate my own wealth and start creating my own income. Great! I had now arrived at the conclusion to become an entrepreneur. Now the big task is in what field and how would I use the skills, talents and other resources I had gained in my professional careers over the last years.

Even as I was thinking about this big task of determining my entrepreneurial direction, I could feel the big fear mongering voice in the back of my mind. I am scared! I don’t know where to begin! I don’t even know how to do this. YET! Many women have had to do this out of a necessity and they seem to get by.

I realized, as I looked at the reality of many low income, subsistence women fighting to generate resources for themselves and their families, there was a beautiful place they had arrived at – a level of confidence and fearlessness to get out into the world and make it happen.

I too had reached a place of necessity, but I realized I was lacking the confidence and fearlessness needed to get out into the world and make it happen.

If I can get there for myself I will be in a wonderful position to help women to get beyond where they are and marry their confidence and fearlessness with enhanced economic empowerment opportunities. I can help myself and help other women.

But for me to make it to that place I need the help of all my sisters and brothers to become less fearful to take risks in becoming an entrepreneur.

I look forward to this new path I am taking.

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HodaK
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Dear Emergentcorp

I think by writing this post the fearless, brave and confident you is born! I really do.

It's not an easy task to share your fear and feelings through a post, and it takes confidence, determination and resilience to do so. In my view these are the very qualities needed to become an entrepreneur. The most successful entrepreneur in the world were not wealthy or educated to a high level, but they possessed innovation, focus and determination. I think you are where you need to be mentally as an entrepreneur, so go for it, and remember the go getters are those who make it through and realise their dreams.

All the very best in your journey to becoming a wonderful business women!

Hoda

emergentcorp
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

I am grateful for your encouragement.

Abigail 

Pushpa Achanta
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Dear friend,

Thanks for sharing your earnest thoughts, frankly. You'll find your space and strength by using your abilities in persuing your goals, steadily. Glad to assist you, if required.

Best wishes and keep writing and working.

Warmly,

Pushpa

emergentcorp
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

I will keep your offer in mind.

With warm appreciation, Abigail

Tejaswini Tilak
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Abigail, 

It takes great courage to be so open and frank about your thoughts ... especially when you are out of your comfort zone and feel unsure. I am new here, but WorldPulse feels like the right place to find a safe zone - where you will find all the encouragement, support and resources to make it happen!

I look forward to hearing about your progress. As you come up with ideas, do share them so that you can get inputs and guidance from many of the members here. Have you thought about a product or service where you can marry your skills with the needs of the people around you? Will be great to hear your thoughts ...

All the best!

Tejaswini

Jewels5484
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Abigail,

Thank you for sharing your story. I can relate to your fears and doubts. What I’ve learned is that only through being vulnerable do we grow and live wholeheartedly. It’s a necessary part of self-fulfillment.

I’d love to hear more about your entrepreneurial ideas. Do you have a certain industry or cause that is related to your work experience? I’ve always been inspired by women business owners and I love hearing about how they got their start. I would love to follow in their footsteps myself. That being said, I know how daunting it can be starting out but I think it’s important to look at what you have to offer such as skills and resources. When my mother found herself alone and without a job, she rented out rooms in her home to make money. Now she is a thriving business owner with her own Bed and Breakfast.

There is a non-profit based in the U.S. called Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. Here is their website www.ywse.org. It may be helpful for you. Also, have you ever heard of Kiva.org? It is a website where you can ask for small business loans. You might be able to use it to get your start. 

Keep up the good work Abigail. You are well on your way!

~Julie

emergentcorp
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

I am learning that allowing myself to let others know how vulnerable I am is actually a strong place to be. So I thank you for sharing the observation and lesson learnt from your own experience.

Warm regards, Abigail

DeborahEdward
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Dear EmergentCorp/Abigail(?),

What a challenge you have had this past year! Congratulations on finding the courage and commitment to take a new path. It's hard to be in a place where you don't know your direction and have to take a leap. One thing I learned is that when I am faced with a big open space I need to remind myself that any step forward is meaningful. I need to remind myself that there's no one best way to move ahead - that the world will offer opportunities and the personal challenge is to notice these and find a way to "jump in". I try to go with where I get good energy...and to remember that sometimes the path to where I want to go takes different routes. 

Your fearlessness and candor show through your writings. You'll make it happen!

Warmly,

Deborah

emergentcorp
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

I too will try to go where I get good energy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They are appreciated.

Sincerely, Abigail

Mary Morgan
Oct 05, 2015
Oct 05, 2015

I have had people suggest to me that I should "become an entreprenuer" and it always scared me because I wouldn't even have the first idea as to how to accomplish something like that! You are an inspiration. 

Have you surprised yourself in any way throughout this process? Was overcoming fear the biggest obstacle you encountered?

Sarah Murali
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Greetings Emergentcorps!

Congrats on taking these first steps in your entrepreneurial journey! So glad you shared your thoughts here so that others could also benefit. I suspect there are many women in this group considering the same step you are and wondering if starting their own business might be right for them. How have you been doing since you wrote this post a couple of weeks ago? Are you still thinking of pursuing this idea? 

All the best,

Sarah

bitani
Oct 15, 2015
Oct 15, 2015

Dear Emergent corp,

Sometimes, people around fight and discourage you instead of supporting you. But this means that you are a very successful person at the same time.

Keep up the positive thoughts! 

Roseanne Romaine
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015

It is okay to be fearful about stepping out on a limb, fear can be a driving force that keeps you focused and alert. these are the things that lead you to success. I have been in precarious situations many times in my life and I know fear very well. You are a strong woman who is able to share her fears, dreams, & hopes. You are will make it. 

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