Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 15 — The exploration within

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center that opened in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.

The number one thing standing in my way to entrepreneurial success is me.

As I write that on the overcrowded whiteboard hanging above my desk, tagged with endless “notes to self” and meeting memos, I realize this is the truest statement I have ever written.

giselle_newBecoming an entrepreneur isn’t about taking an idea and turning it into reality. That’s the easy part. Being an entrepreneur, a successful one, is about taking who I am and turning it into who I want to be. It is about envisioning my goal and tackling it full throttle, about changing my lifestyle, my schedule and most of all, my mindset.

Read one of Giselle’s most popular entries to date: Part 14 — The right turn on Pleasant? Or scroll down to follow along from the beginning.

Every conversation I have had the last few months with families, prospective affiliates, business prospects and my team, has been about the impact of my business. I have spoken about our goal of elevating an entire platform of students to meet high standards of academic success, but what I haven’t spoken about is, how, in order to achieve this goal, I have to reevaluate myself as an entrepreneur.

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