November 20, 2016

A Mother’s Journey [Part 32]: The network effect

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Social Media Insider series inaugural speaker Joshua Croke addresses the gathering at Running Start on Prescott Street.

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Editor’s note: Since September 2015, 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 nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Nothing fully prepares you for the moment you decide to dive into entrepreneurial waters.

The timing is never right, the finances are never secure, and the ideas never seem solid enough. The constant struggle between confidence and insecurity is but one of many battles faced on a daily basis. To me, a real entrepreneur is never satisfied, never fully impressed with herself or her progress. We are in a constant state of change. Molding our brands and expanding our companies, all while never truly feeling completely accomplished.

I struggle with these ideas, with what it means to be an entrepreneur. Am I deserving of the title? I am always contradicting myself: One day I might feel like a failure, and the next day I feel like this is exactly where I should be. But as I meet more and more entrepreneurs, artists, makers and developers, I realize that these unbalanced feelings are incredibly normal. They are the feelings that fuel innovation and creation.

Launching the Social Media Insiders networking event last week was an eye-opener. Convening more than 40 entrepreneurs allowed me to understand that these inner struggles are normal — and needed. They are keeping me on track and focused on the big picture, yet keeping me humble enough to feel that my brand needs work.

Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The picture of serenity?, or scroll down for more inspiring installments

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