One of the myths that gets forwarded is that is that to make it in business you must be GENIUS. We all have heard the Oprah, Steve Job, Zuckerburg, Einstein, Bill Gates stories retold. This leads lots of “regular” people to believe that they need to be extraordinary to start, own, or run a business. Well you do, but not in the way that most people think.
Let me take a step back, I was afforded a magnificent education having been labeled very early as academically gifted by the public-school system. I went to Science and Math focused schools, was in the International Baccalaureate Program, earned a Chemistry degree in 3 years, a Doctorate in 4, and then a MBA. By most people’s assessment I was a “young gun” destined for great success, but I did not feel that way. In a chance business development meeting, around 2012 I met someone who completely changed my life. He transformed my life with three simple words, YOU-ARE ENOUGH.
This person did not know me, this was our first-time meeting and frankly he was getting pawned off on the new guy because other things came up. We met talked business and then he asked if I was open for lunch. I said yes and then he said it YOU ARE ENOUGH. Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. While outwardly I had achieved many things, I was missing one key ingredient SELF confidence. I was good, damn good, but I needed others to tell me that because it was not sure that I believed in myself.
When I got back into my car all I could hear were the words YOU ARE ENOUGH. I realized that was the missing ingredient. Me. I had to realize that I am the only one who needs to believe in me. I had to believe that if I never won another award or moved up in a company, or was never on the cover of a magazine I WAS ENOUGH.
To my fellow self-doubters I pass on this wisdom. YOU ARE ENOUGH! Right now, where you stand, as you are today no matter what the circumstances YOU ARE ENOUGH. You don’t need a college degree, or a PhD, or a MBA or a title, or even a stack of money, YOU are enough to make a change, to take a step, to conquer the world. YOU have everything that it takes to make it. Understand you have everything inside of you, ALREADY, to do whatever you want!
Just repeat to yourself (like I do daily) YOU- ARE-ENOUGH! And remember to quote a rap lyric “Confidence has no budget”!
Dr. Shante Williams is a serial entrepreneur who started slow and in the shallow end of the business pool. She has worked in Biotech, Big Pharma, Green Energy, and Academia