Remaining true to oneself is the way through which one can succeed in life and in entrepreneurship particularly. There will always be someone who will tell you to compromise on what you believe in or what you want to do but it is important for you to remain true to yourself.
Despite being one of the hardest things to do, remaining true to oneself is something we all need to strive towards, regardless of our profession or aspirations. There are certain ways through which one can remain true, to themselves as explained below.
Understand What You Want
Firstly, it is important for you to understand what you want in order to remain true to yourself. This can be done through journaling regularly or by introspection. When you understand exactly what you want, whether in terms of the startup you want to launch or where you want to go, it is then that you be able to remain true to yourself.
Listen to Others
Although, it might not seem right at first, what one needs to do is listen to others and understand what they have to say. It will help you understand what you want better and will help equip you in responding to others. Sometimes, we are not sure about what our values are or what we want but when we listen to what others have to say, it only helps us make up our minds.
Learn to Say “No”
It is difficult but saying “No” is also highly rewarding as it lets the other person know that you will not compromise what you want and help you remain true to yourself. It is normal to say “No” to others and there’s no need to worry about what the other person would think because you will only end up regretting not speaking your mind earlier. However, sometimes, you need to consider the implications of the situation and accept what the person has to say or what the situation requires.
Learn from Every Experience
We all have different experiences on a daily basis but it is important to learn from every experience, in order to compromise while remaining true to oneself. It will help you deal with things better in the future.
One of the most important skills of today is negotiation, therefore, when compromising, it is vital to negotiate with the person or the situation at hand to remain true to oneself and reach a better outcome. Negotiating not only helps your situation but it shows the only other person how committed you are to something.
Look on the Bright Side
We win some battles and lose others, therefore, when you compromise, always look on the bright and learn the lesson which will only help you in the future. Don’t look at it from a position of compromise but rather as a position of collaboration. It helps you learn about different ways of work or techniques. Therefore, just look on the bright side and remain true to yourself.