Melanin Queen Rihanna, better know as bad gyal RiRi, just snagged the title as the world’s most successful female musician, according to an article by Forbes. From her impressive musical accolades, the creation of the Fenty brand, and a series of strategic partnerships, it’s fair to say that Ri is oozing #blackgirlmagic. The reality is however, nothing that Rihanna has done has come easy. In fact, it’s reasonable to assume that Ri has faced similar challenges with entrepreneurship that all girl bosses have faced, but why don’t we hear about that?
It’s time to get real about the struggle. It’s time that we recognize and open up about not just the victories of our successes but also the failures, rejections, and setbacks. The loses that we take during the come-up are just as important as the wins.
It’s easy to celebrate the W’s and harder to reflect on the L’s because we tend to internalize failure negatively, and if we’re not careful, it can stunt our progress entirely.
We glorify our accomplishments and suppress our setbacks in a way that creates the false perception that Entrepreneurship is all about success when in fact, it’s quite the contrary.
Once we open up the dialogue and start being honest about the challenges of the come-up, we will learn to appreciate our success even more.
Further, we’ll learn that it’s not always necessary to perpetuate the narrative that success and failure are juxtaposed in Entrepreneurship, rather both are just part of the process.
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