Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Terrell Sumpter, Founder of Sumpter Enterprises Inc., located in Dallas, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The line of business I'm currently in is the speaking and people's business. I've had the honor of partnering and collaborating with great youth nonprofit organizations, juvenile, and correctional facilities, high school and college athletes, and project management companies.
Tell us about yourself
I'm originally from Philadelphia, born and raised, where I spent most of my days. At an early age, I left home because I saw there was more out there than what I was used to. I wasn't looking for an escape route, more of a way to create a life for myself.
It's more of a calling, and it wasn't overnight. I've learned along the journey that there are just some good people you meet who will see something in you more than you do. One conversation started with very good friends who encouraged me to share encouragement in a world full of those who are discouraged. I also learned that there is a need, and I have become passionate about being a service and helping others unleash their fullest potential, be and do their very best in any field that may be in and outside of business.
What truly moves me each day that's never a promise is knowing it is a lot bigger than me but knowing our next generation needs guidance and direction, and I am grateful to tap into the space of mentorship to help move them in the right direction. Also, something that truly moves me is having the hunger to take on a challenge and embrace the challenge and just locking completely into a particular project and allowing it all to become a part of me. A bonus is going by the ocean and tapping fully into the universe; this is where new ideas come into effect for me, where I'm at my most (peaceful) space and now ready to execute.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment thus far is the most recent, where I just wrapped up a speaking tour for the summer. Traveling to different cities minus delayed flights and pouring into incredible young people who each have a bright future. To feel connected and knowing I gave it my all plus some more. And that I am grateful for the opportunity to impact different ages on different stages is a huge one for me. I don't come from a family of entrepreneurs; I had to learn, fail, listen, study and implement to be able to be in the place and space to deliver at high from mentoring and speaking light and light to those who are ready to grow and prevail.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I would say one difficult thing is, for example (COVID) while most people panic, let's pivot. It may be rough and tough to focus on, but it is a great way to capitalize on the current and find the need. Most may not know it will never be overnight to achieve the level of success you desire. One thing to remember is it won't get easier but will get better as you do.
Learn to minimize distractions and maximize attraction. Do not focus on the outer; focus on the inner energy and stay consistent, persistent, and dependent. Stay the course and know that entrepreneurship comes with challenges, but it's not one you can't overcome. The work being put in when no one else is watching will determine your growth in business and your level of expertise.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Believe in yourself; believe in your craft. Believe that you have what it takes to not only be great but learn from your mistakes and help make a difference in the lives of other people.
- Step out of your comfort zone and establish 5 -10 new genuine connections a day that may be at your desired level, and see how you all can work and collaborate together. It's something I remind myself of is that one conversation can change the communication and make room for elevation.
- Stay committed and remain consistent. Remember, the "purpose is much bigger than the problem." It will never be overnight to get your business where you want it to be, and it will take time, but I believe in you and know you have it in you just time to unleash the fire that's within and get moving. Don't worry about naysayers; the important thing is to focus, create, collaborate, illuminate and capitalize from times of uncertainty and create a space for others to grow.
- Ask for help. Not knowing it all and feeling like you never will, but when you just ask for guidance, conversation, direction, or mentorship, it just hits a bit differently. Do not ask for a handout but more so a hand-up where you take yourself much further.
- Don't be afraid to fail. It's part of the process and gives space for you, your project, and your business to grow.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I am open to connecting with like- and service-minded people and excited to be of service. Take time to reflect on where you once were, where you are now, and where you desire to be in life and business. When it is all set and done, what do you truly want to be remembered for?
Where can people find you and your business?
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