Homebuilder and designer Kim Gordon is taking the Southern California housing market by storm. Her homes sell quickly and secure a price that is $1 million to $2 million above comparable properties in the area. She took an unconventional career path and built her business without a formal college degree in architecture or design. Instead she used her passion, vision, guts and determination to make her dream a reality. Gordon shares her thoughts on what entrepreneurs need to do to succeed in the business world today.
1. Find inspiration and trust your instinct.
Gordon’s homes are known for having the functionality that a family needs packaged in a romantic, modern design that features large glass walls and organic finishes. Gordon may not know all of the proper architectural terms or formulas; instead she relies on instinct. “It is about feeling,” she says. “You have to trust yourself.”
2. Be willing to take a risk.
When launching your own business, “you cannot be afraid to be dirty,” says Gordon. Entrepreneurs should be learning every aspect of the business and be willing to jump in and get the job done—even if that means scrubbing floors, she says. You also can’t shy away from risk. You can’t be afraid to lose. Whether it’s flipping houses or something else, the risk is ginormous, says Gordon. “It is terrifying. … In any business, you have to take that risk.”
3. Ignore all the naysayers.
You cannot let criticism deter you, especially if you’re following a nontraditional career path. Starting out, “I didn’t have much confidence,” explains Gordon, adding that she still gets insecure sometimes. “You have to absolutely ignore criticism,” advises Gordon. “Just let it go.”
4. Learn how to balance work and life.
Building a business may feel like you are constantly running on a hamster wheel. When business settles down and you can finally start to relax, it’s not always easy to slow down, says Gordon, who is the mother of two boys. “Somewhere in the quiet is a panic attack,” she explains. You have to learn how to relax. Shifting gears between work and life is the most challenging aspect for her. “The balance is hard,” says Gordon. “What the answer is, I guess, is commitment. Children are the most important thing in the world.”
This article was written by Raquel Baldelomar from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.