Grow Your Business, Lead The Future

This post is sponsored by Chase for Business. The content and opinions expressed below are that of #WeAllGrow Latina Network.

One thing I’ve learned about entrepreneurship in the last 8 years of running my own mission-driven and self-funded business is that it takes more than the hustle and the passion to truly sustain it for the long run. Yes, hustle is a given and passion is what, in most cases (ours for sure!) drives it. But to be able to sustain it for the long run you need to have an attitude of success that leads you to the right people, places and situations that continue to fuel your growth.

This week I had the pleasure of partnering with Chase to attend their Chase for Business conference in Los Angeles and share the insights and tips I learned from a roster of diverse and experienced speakers, including Daymond John, entrepreneur and co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Nely Galán, media mogul and entrepreneur, Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO, and more. Chase strives to be the easiest bank for business owners by helping us make the most of our finances and giving us the right tools so we can stay focused on the nitty gritty of running our businesses. That felt very real at this event because every session was honestly geared towards making sure we learned everything from how to access capital to how to push ourselves forward with confidence using Mel Robbin’s 5 second rule.

It was inspiring learning from these credible and leading experts. Every speaker was powerful in their own right and also very giving with their knowledge. As this was a “business” conference, I was surprised that the one recurring theme I saw from almost every presenter was the importance of taking care of oneself first, so you can be the most productive, focused and intentional leader.

Jamie Dimon was received with a standing ovation and cheers when he walked into the room and once his session was over I understood the admiration. I want to pass along to you the four key lessons I learned from him when he was asked to share his keys to success in business. This applies to all you jefas running your own empires!

  1. Reading and listening to others are the two ways to learn and grow.
  2. Treat everyone with respect. Earn their trust and respect, don’t demand it. Humility is how you earn respect because there’s no way you can know all the answers.
  3. When you fall, brush yourself off, learn from the lessons and move on.
  4. Take intentional care of your mind, spirit, body, friends and family.

I’m pretty sure we can all agree that these sound basic, but basic doesn’t mean it’s not the solid foundation to build your business. And oftentimes the most basic strategies are the ones we neglect.

I also liked that Jamie Dimon mentioned listening to others as his first key to success because it resonates with Chase’s newest “We Hear You” campaign which showcases how popcorn snack company Pipcorn is getting out of the office to create something new. They are headed to Death Valley to pop popcorn. Yes... pop popcorn in the desert! See for yourself here. :)

Aside from financial products and services, Chase has very useful and timely online resources to keep us business owners in check with everything from financing to business resolutions to social media tips. Check out (and bookmark!) the Chase for Business Resource Center here.

We’ve truly enjoyed our collaboration with Chase as sponsors of #WeAllGrowMIA and #WeAllGrow Summit. Through the campaigns we’ve worked on these last few months, we’ve learned that Chase listens to business owners’ unique needs, in order to provide them the tools they need to lead into them the future. We’re excited we got to learn even more and could share with you!