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BLOG: On My Mum-Entrepreneurship Journey – Challenges & Opportunities – at CUKRUN (跑动英伦)

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On 12th December, I was delighted to be invited to share my own mum-entrepreneurship journey with the members of CUKRUN (跑动英伦), UK’s fast-growing lifestyle and running club for Chinese professionals and students.

I shared my thoughts of challenges and opportunities as an entrepreneur of a UK-China PR agency and a mother of two young boys aged 1.5 years old and 4.5 years old. In truth, challenges are big opportunities. Being a mumpreneur has taught me to:

  • Prioritise better. What really, really matters to me?
  • Learn how to say ‘NO’ better and faster 
  • Be more empathic, understanding, creative, and thoughtful, thereby becoming a better leader, a better business owner, and a better person 
  • Enjoy my work even more – going to work is almost like a vocation!
  • Be FLEXIBLE. Be water
  • Realise that it’s all about what you WANT, what is RIGHT for YOU. Happy mum makes happy kids
  • Seek for HELP – nursery, nanny, mentor, partner, friends, strangers, etc.
  • Realise that it is all part of life journey.  Don’t rush. Let’s enjoy the ride, however scary it might look like!  

I have also shared my 10 thoughts on how to start and grow a business – a long-term game:

  1. Follow your passion, and just do it
  2. Give more than you take 
  3. Build your networks 
  4. Build a good reputation 
  5. Join a Toastmasters (public speaking) club
  6. Shit happens so be resilient
  7. Follow your heart 
  8. Balance
  9. “I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure preference.” (Steve Jobs. RIP) 
  10. “Pain + Reflection = Progress” (Ray Dalio) 

Agree? Yes or No. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Sally Maier-Yip is the MD and Founder at 11K. She is a seasoned cross-cultural Public Relations Strategist with a mission to help ambitious companies grow in China, Hong Kong and the UK.

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