Founder of Community Startup FIESTA Shares Their Top Insights

FIESTA co-founder, Cherie Werner.

Any entrepreneur can tell you, launching a startup is a learning process. Therefore, one of the best things you can do prior to launching a startup of your own is to learn from those who have blazed the trail. Cherie Werner, founder of community startup FIESTA, shared valuable insights during our interview that will inspire and motivate aspiring entrepreneurs.

Business Insights From the Founder of FIESTA

What is your #1 piece of advice for startup founders?

“Know your ‘why.’ Why you? Why this solution? Why now? etc.”

What is the best method you’ve found to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur?

“When I am thriving, I tend to be doing something that brings me joy, which is the opposite of burnout, thus, being other-focused vs. self-focused is helpful. I believe people inherently want to be seen, belong, plus want to be connected. It’s how we are hard-wired. Helping to facilitate connection for others gives me purpose thus helping me to avoid burnout as I am doing what I was created to do.

Self-care and having fun things to look forward to are essential to avoiding burnout.”

What is your advice for coming up with a unique startup idea?

“There is nothing new under the sun,” but you are unique. You must believe that your why/solution is innovative. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will believe in you? Next, talk to others to validate your idea.”

What is your advice for overcoming challenges and failure?

“Don’t give up. Highly successful people are the ones who have failed and LEARN from their failures. Albert Einstein famously said it was insane to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. We don’t get to choose the end results, but we can choose our attitude.”

What is the biggest lesson you learned and what can aspiring entrepreneurs take from it?

“No one makes it alone. No one. Surround yourself with those who will challenge, inspire, and help you. Be committed for the long haul, as success typically doesn’t happen overnight.”

What is your advice for entrepreneurs seeking funding for the first time?

“Don’t quit your day job until you have some sort of validation or interest by others outside of your family/friend circle. Invest in your company first to get things started on your own. This shows you have skin in the game. It helps to have a co-founder. If you truly have a good idea, you will be able to effortlessly and passionately share the idea with others, and the funding will find you.”

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