I recently had the amazing opportunity of signing up for The Food Entrepreneur Summit. Nicole Culver (founder of Blissful Eats, the Blissful Bites podcast) put this incredible summit together and it has honestly been a game-changer for me. It allowed me to connect with some super smart, friendly and like-minded people who are also bloggers, and it has inspired me to continue to chase my dreams on a daily basis. The Summit was 7 days in June of videos from bloggers and entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game plus daily connection in a Facebook group.
Here are 5 lessons from my Food Entrepreneur Summit Experience:
1. Everyone starts from the same place
This was a super common theme of the Summit. We tend to think that someone who is crazy successful started that way, but of course that’s not true. No one starts at the top. Everyone starts from the same place: the bottom. That doesn’t have to be a negative thing, though. It’s actually pretty beautiful and inspiring. When you build your business from the ground up, you see the changes in yourself and what you’re doing. You see yourself grow and become better and that’s really rewarding. Hearing from super successful bloggers like Ali from Inspiralized and Lindsay from Cotter Crunch that their businesses really grew over a period of time and that they didn’t have it all figured out in the beginning was really inspiring and comforting.
2. The comparison trap? That’s totally normal
Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eat’s video is all about comparing yourself to other bloggers and how to still be creative when you’re seeing a sea of beautiful Instagram images on an hourly (or even by the minute!) basis. Jessica shared that she totally compares herself to others, too, and that it’s completely normal to feel this way. Her advice? Keep going. Keep creating. Try something every day, even if no one else sees it.
3. Connection is super important
No man (or woman!) is an island, as they say, and that’s super true when you’re starting your own business or going after your dreams. Hopefully you have your friends and family by your side cheering you on, but it’s also great to connect with people who can really relate to what you’re doing, and you can relate to them, too. The Summit allows total strangers to become friends and virtual cheerleaders. How awesome is that?
4. Hard work is the only way
When you sign up for the Summit, you hear the same awesome advice a lot: work smarter, not harder. But that doesn’t mean not working hard. Ali of Inspiralized really inspired me when she said that she loves the hard work because she’s seen her success come as a direct result, and that pushes her to keep going. I really love working hard: between this blog and working as a freelance writer and editor, my plate is definitely pretty full (some food blogger humour there!) but I love that hard work really does pay off.
5. You have enough time
This was another awesome lesson to learn. It’s so easy to feel like there are never enough hours in the day and like you will never, ever get it all done. But each of the speakers has the same hours in the day as you, and they’re getting a lot done — and we’re talking a lot. The Summit has really inspired me to work in “theme days” — doing work in bulk, pretty much, and focusing on one thing at a time instead of being a crazy person hopping from my Instagram feed to an article about Pretty Little Liars to writing a story to coming up with story ideas. It’s working out really well so far.
You can sign up for the Summit and have the same amazing, inspiring experience!
Now the Summit is being offered as a course and you can take it and learn at your own pace, when you want, where you want. There are 22 speakers and 22 masterclass videos, and you’ll also be part of a Facebook group where you can connect with other people just like you. Some of the topics: finding your blogging BFF, dealing with comparison, finding your confidence, how to maximize your time in different ways, what all that Google Analytics stuff is all about, how to find your audience, and how to create a product.
Here’s the full list of speakers:
Jessica Merchant, How Sweet Eats
Rachel Mansfield, rachLmansfield.com
Georgie Morley, In It 4 the Long Run + BGB Community
Christina Valenziano, The Blissful Balance + BGB Community
Ali Maffucci, Inspiralized.com
Alexis Joseph, Hummusapien.com
Danielle Liss, Businessese
Amanda Brooks, Run to the Finish
Erika Kerekes, Not Ketchup
Nikki Frezza, Nikki’s Coconut Butter
Erika Welsh, Wild Friends Foods
Lee Hersh, Fit Foodie Finds
Davida Kugelmass, The Healthy Maven
Nicole Holland, Business Building Rockstars Show
Katy Widrick, Make Media Over
Lindsay Cotter, Cotter Crunch
Sarah Kay Hoffman, SarahKayHoffman.com
Nicole Centeno, Splendid Spoon
Michele MacDonald, Sweet Note Bakery
Erica House, Ericadhouse.com
Brittany Mullins, Eating Bird Food
Rachel Luna, RachelLuna.biz
Sign up here and you can get a 20% discount until July 22nd! Just use the coupon code SUMMER.
* DISCLOSURE: If you sign up for the Summit using this link, I may receive a small commission. I totally believe in the value of the Summit and that’s why I’m supporting it.