Yvonne Ellis

 


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My Entrepreneur Journey

My entrepreneur journey has been a lesson in self –development. It has resulted in unknown and challenging situations. In this post, I share with you five things I identified on my transformation journey from leaving traditional employment to becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

Excitement

I distinctly remember waking up the day after I left my job, I was excited. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally make the decision. More importantly, I was excited at the prospect of creating new things. Creativity has been the essential motivator that has kept me going on my journey to shaping the vision of my company YEME Empowerment.

Realisation

I was running off the adrenalin of the excitement. My confidence was running high and my self-belief was unbelievable. The realisation that I was really living the life of an entrepreneur suddenly hit me. I was not mentally prepared for how tough it would be financially in the first year. It was the right decision to leave my job, a window of opportunity moment that I had to take. It was a scary realisation. I was now in charge of making choices that would help shape my destiny.

Doubt

I worried about things outside of my control but I did not doubt my ability to accomplish my goals or that I would achieve my vision. I chose to let go of the fear and I pushed forward one day at a time.

Mindset 2.0.

I spent twenty-three years mentally conditioned by working in the traditional paid employment system and it shaped the way I lived and thought about my life. I am unlearning habits and behaviours associated with my previous way of living. It has been a freeing experience that has helped me grow mentally.

My journey to finding my way has brought clarity. I started out I had an outline of what I believed it would take to build my vision. The reality was I had to adjust my methods to achieve it.

Clarity

Because I took courage and embraced risk I have seen great outcomes in my endeavours but the entrepreneur journey is not for the faint-hearted. It has taught me perseverance, resilience and patience.

I believe I can go the distance on my entrepreneur journey because I have a solution to a problem. I also have passion and inspiration. That is the fuel and strength I need to see things through.

Learning from Experience

Last Wednesday I delivered and facilitated a workshop to social care professionals on how to support young people that have experienced familial sexual abuse. It was my first workshop that I delivered as an independent Trainer for Wandsworth Children’s social care academy. It was very poignant for me; I developed this workshop from personal experience. It was also significant because as a young girl  I was placed in care in this borough. Learning from experience I believe is one of the most empowering ways people can bring real change to lives.

Social workers who work on child in need (CIN) teams, Connexions personal advisers for young people, social work managers and other professionals attended this workshop; the session was fully booked. It was a surreal moment for me to stand and deliver training at the same school where I first found my voice thirty years ago. It was when Childline came to visit the school to talk about sexual abuse that I was empowered, it was the same school I was expelled from at 14yrs old for unmanageable behaviour. To be able to give insight and knowledge about the challenges and trauma I faced as a young girl was a very reflective process for me. But it was very powerful to be able to channel those experiences into constructive training to equip and help the professionals to empower the young people they work with.

It was a great honour to work alongside ex-police Detective Sergeant Debbie Moore. Until recently Debbie worked for the MET police for thirty years, and she spent the latter years investigating cases of child sexual abuse. Debbie delivered a thought-provoking presentation on how criminal cases are put together surrounding child sexual abuse. She also used my case as an example so that the professionals could put it into perspective on from the information she shared. The feedback we received post evaluation was most encouraging and all the participants felt they gained information on a topic they know little about. This was a fantastic outcome and the aim of the workshop was accomplished.

I will be doing more of these workshops this year and hope to deliver others that I have devised. This is what YEME Empowerment is all about; facilitating empowerment to bring changes to lives.

To find out more about workshops that YEME Empowerment offer click here:

http://www.yemeempowerment.com/empowerment-workshops/