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It’s easy to feel self-confident and mentally strong when everything is going great in your small business, but when disaster strikes unexpectedly and you hit a challenge, that’s when your true strength is tested.
One of the best ways to be successful as an entrepreneur is to build a strong mindset to be ready for challenges so that when they come, which they will, you will be ready to face them.
These tips will help you create a strong mindset to deal with any start-up challenges.

We know that women entrepreneurs sometimes downplay their strengths and their business successes for fear of bragging – but brag you must.

Although women have made great strides, there is still a confidence gap. Several research studies show that women are less confident and less self-assured.

I’ve been reading a few articles lately about how easy it is to fail as an entrepreneur or start-up and that 80 to 90% of businesses don’t make it within the first year. While statistically that may be true, how’s that for a dose of discouragement for anyone who’s thinking of striking out on their own?

The fear of failure is often what stops people from putting themselves out there and from trying in the first place. One dictionary definition calls failure out to be “an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.”

Interpersonal is the third area that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how we interact with others. Here, we examine our social graces.
These competencies make up the interpersonal area of the EQ model:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Empathy
  • Social responsibility

Let’s continue with the second competency under the Interpersonal Composite and discuss Empathy.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes - to pay attention to and appreciate the feelings of others.

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social networks, with 400 million users and an estimated 71% of American businesses predicted to use it by 2017 (emarketer.com). One of its unique features is allowing you to “push” your grams (posts) to other networks like Facebook and Twitter. Connecting your social accounts is a simple way to not only share posts across platforms when appropriate, but also maximize your time and engagement with others. Not connecting your social accounts with Instagram properly – or at all – can result in lost opportunities for exposure.

To connect your Instagram account with other networks, do the following steps:

We have all listened in on other people’s conversations at one point in time. You could be sitting alone and you can’t help but hear the conversation that is going on at the other table. It could make for interesting entertainment if you are alone especially if you have to cover a smile or stifle a laugh because it tickled your funny bone. But what is your opinion when you hear out right damaging insults and rants about a person, or company? I bet you feel awkward and uncomfortable. Only to add to your misery would be if you know the person, company or situation.