22 biggest entrepreneurship lessons

Would you like to know the 22 biggest entrepreneurship lessons from a 22 year old?

That’s what I’m about to share with you in this post (it turned out to be a pretty long one, which is unusual for me). I very rarely write 1,700+ words articles. So I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share on Facebook and with anybody who you think might benefit from this.

Today is January 6th, 2017 and it’s my birthday, so I thought instead of just writing a regular post, I’d throw in some of my biggest breakthroughs and the most impactful entrepreneurship lessons. So here you go…

1.The best investment you can ever make is in YOURSELF. It brings the highest return on your investment. It’s better to invest in your education first before you spend money on the stuff you like (clothes, shoes etc.). And I’ll tell you – all those entrepreneurship lessons that I’m sharing here I got by investing in myself. In my first year I literally put 80% of the income into courses and events. And still invest pretty heavily. New shoes won’t bring you any ROI, education will.

2.Speaking of investments, one of the best ones from my opinion is live events. There’s definitely something special about them. I’ve been to 2 big events in 2016, and they absolutely transformed my business. Watching webinars and reading books is cool, but meeting people in person is a completely different experience. One really good phrase that just came to my mind – it’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows YOU. The best places to create those connections and build life long friendships is at live events.

3.There will be people that doubt you. There will be people that’ll tell you that you’re crazy. The best thing you can do is don’t EVER listen to them. The reason they’re saying that to you is because they’ve already give up on their dreams. So don’t let them steal yours. Jelena Ostrovska Ray Higdon

4.Before every big breakthrough there’s a big breakdown. Whenever I have that time when everything goes wrong, I immediately flip it and I know that a breakthrough is coming. So remember, if you’re going through hell, just keep going. I believe Winston Churchill said that.

5.Always focus on a bigger picture. Here’s what happens when you think small – you play small. You take little amount of action. As a result, you don’t achieve what you wanted. Instead of focusing on signing up one person into your business opportunity, shoot for speaking at your company event. That will push you, and of course it’ll require you to figure out what do those top earners do and how they think. 

6.The previous point leads me to this one. If you’re serious about your business, you need to develop your vision. Who do you want to become, how do you want to be known, why do you want it, what it’s gonna take you to get there? Answer all those questions. One quote that stuck with me 2 years ago is “Pain pushes you until vision pulls you”. 

7.Don’t be a copycat. Be unique! And share everything through your own voice. Was just chatting with one of my friends, and his entire article was copied by another marketer. That’s just not cool. And trust me, you won’t create success by copying other people. What you should be doing is modeling what works. See what’s working for others and put your own spin on YOUR marketing.

Jelena Ostrovska entrepreneurship lessons8.Success always comes from within. If you want to create external results, you have to work on yourself internally. I say this to all the coaching clients that I’m working with. There’s one thing you should be doing every single day without missing a day – personal development. It either should be a book, or an audio, or a video. At least 30 minutes a day. That’s all it takes.

9.One of the best ways to attract more good things into your life is be grateful for what you already have. Otherwise, why would you deserve more? Some people don’t even have what you have. Gratitude is super important.

10.Now let me give you a practical advice that will help you be more organized. I’m a green personality type, so I’m a freak when it comes to organization. Get yourself a daily planner. The actual notebook where you write stuff. One mantra that I live by is “whatever gets written down, gets done”. Period.

11.If you are in network marketing and you’re building your business on social media, you have to be raising curiosity rather than resistance. What I mean by that is whenever you’re posting your company products and links all over the place, no one’s gonna buy. You have to make people curious about what you do and have them reach out to YOU! You can do that through attraction marketing principles that are taught hereJelena Ostrovska entrepreneurship lessons

12.What got you here is not gonna get you THERE. What is that supposed to mean? So let’s say that you’ve cracked 6 figures annually in your home business. That’s awesome! Now you gotta scale that to 7 figures. You won’t be able to do that with the same mindset and doing the same activities that you’ve done to get to 6 figures. 

13.When it comes to business, you gotta work freaking HARD! I’m not saying you have to do that for the next decades, absolutely not. But for the first year, or maybe even 2-5 years (that’s totally up to you) you better work your tail off. Why? Because you’ll create all the momentum that you’ll need in your business for the next years to come. And then you’ll be able to work smart and enjoy complete freedom, because ultimately that’s what it’s all about!

Jelena Ostrovska MLSP award Brian Fanale Norbert Orlewicz14.Celebrate all your wins, especially the small ones. A lot of the times we all look at other people and see all those big checks and commissions, and then we get a little bit disappointed that our results are not big. Remember, that everybody starts from ZERO. Celebrate your small wins to get to the bigger ones.

15.The previous point leads to this one – do not EVER compare your level 1 to somebody else’s level 10. Everybody’s journey is different. Don’t look at other leaders crushing it in their business and wonder why you’re not getting results in your first month. They struggled too. Looking at another person is just distracting you from your own goals. Focus on YOU and your journey.

16.Universities and colleges condition your brain that you only need education in the beginning. After that you can get a job and settle for a “normal life”. First of all, it’s just boring 😀 And secondly, if you want to grow, you have be constantly be educating yourself. That’s how you get to the next level. I love the way Robert Kiyosaki says it – “if you stop learning, you begin dying”. 

17.There’s no limits except for the limits you create in your mind. As they say – the sky is the limit, and it is so true! Always be thinking bigger, because there are other people that have create massive amount of success and tremendous impact in the world. If they could do it, you can do it too! You are no different! Jelena Ostrovska

18.Other people’s opinions of you does not have to become your reality. What I always tell people is – their opinions won’t pay your bills, so why do you care? I know it’s tough, but you have to train your mind to not give a sh*t (pardon my French). And I absolutely LOVE the phrase by Grant Cardone about those haters – “it says a lot more about them, than it says about you”. BOOM! Mic drop!

19.Everybody is looking for that magical secret to success. I personally don’t really believe in secrets, but I truly believe that consistency is what’s gonna take you and your business from point A to point B. Showing up DAILY in your business is what you gotta be focused on. The more consistent you are, the more people will notice you and the fact that you are serious. This will also get you noticed by the leaders too 😉

Jelena Ostrovska20.Just a little tip about marketing and branding in general is you have to ask yourself one simple question – how and what do you want to be known for? Is it for blogging? Is it for being a master at consistency? Or maybe it’s gonna be being known as a health & fitness guru? Whatever that is – get specific and roll with it!

21.One of the best entrepreneurship lessons I’ve received in the last 3 years was “if you help enough people get what they want, you will achieve what you want”. Entrepreneurship is not about yourself, it’s about impacting other people. When you make an impact, you will be rewarded. You have to first give back in order to receive.

22.One of the best entrepreneurship lessons I can give you is – do not EVER give up, because trust me, all the struggle you could be going through right now is soooo worth it!!! Stay the course UNTIL successful and push even further! 

Did you enjoy these 22 entrepreneurship lessons? Was it helpful? If you know me well, I always intend to over-deliver, so I wanted to attach an interview that was done a few months go with my good friend Norbert Orlewizs – The Online Playmakers. I’m so grateful to having been invited to be interviewed there. In fact, it’s been my goal to get there for about a year! Dreams and goals come true if you work hard for them 🙂

So enjoy the interview, where I shared 3 of my key activities that I do on a daily basis that attracts more clients and team members into my business. This is super simple stuff, so you can do it too!

More Entrepreneurship Lessons – Interview

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Jelena Ostrovska

Email: jelena@jelenaostrovska.com

“I help entrepreneurs create a successful brand online using social media & blogging.”

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30 Responses

  1. This is truly epic, Jelena! You have really positioned yourself as a leader and deserve every OUNCE of success. I love the quote or statement: “Before a breakthrough, there’s a breakdown.” So many people feel a little breakdown and dramatically change course instead of facing the breakdown and getting to the other side of breakthrough. I look up to you for a lot of things, especially tenacity! Thanks again!

  2. This is truly epic, Jelena! You have really positioned yourself as a leader and deserve every OUNCE of success. I love the quote or statement: “Before a breakthrough, there’s a breakdown.” So many people feel a little breakdown and dramatically change course instead of facing the breakdown and getting to the other side of breakthrough. I look up to you for a lot of things, especially tenacity! Thanks again!

  3. Fantastic blog post Jelena and what a great idea using your age to list all those golden points you included.
    You have achieved such a great deal this past year and should be so proud of yourself. I see a fabulous future for you.

  4. Wow, 22 Years old and inspiring thousands of people. Now that’s what I’m talking about. With heart, passion and devotion anyone can realize their vision and feel the freedom. Doing it right Jelena, Congrats and Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday Jelena for January 6th. My birthday was January 5th. All 22 points are just that….points to success. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are great lessons and you are an amazing person. I can’t wait to see what the next 22 years brings you. Thanks for sharing

  7. These are great lessons and you are an amazing person. I can’t wait to see what the next 22 years brings you. Thanks for sharing

  8. Happy Birthday Jelena!

    You are a role model to many young folks out there on what it takes to succeed.

    The big takeaway I had from your post is to not let others people’s opinions influence you. They don’t pay your bills.

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve learned by the time you hit your 23rd Birthday!

    Dr. Lisa