When entrepreneurs start their own business, it’s a liberating feeling. Many weren’t happy with the direction their career was going, they didn’t like the work culture around them, or they saw a better way of doing things, so they took the plunge. However, the burden is now on their shoulders to bring in clients and grow the business.

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Entrepreneurs have got this—and now they’ve got help.

In Just Go With It, entrepreneur, CEO, and innovator Mandy Gilbert shares her journey to guide and inspire both new and established entrepreneurs alike. She offers up hard-earned lessons on how to strike that perfect balance between managing a personal life, developing a team, and maintaining a healthy bottom line (all while making time for self-care). I recently caught up with Mandy to learn what inspired her to write the book and her favorite idea she shares.

What happened that made you decide to write the book? What was the exact moment you realized these ideas needed to get out there?

I started my business, Creative Niche, in my late twenties. It was my first venture, one in which I left a cushy six-figure salaried position for. Everyone thought I was nuts, but I knew I had to follow my passion. So many people out there can become great entrepreneurs, but allow fear to get in their way. That’s why I wanted to write this book.

I want to show people that you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to have grit, integrity, and perseverance. I hope Just Go With It inspires budding and fellow entrepreneurs to stick with it.

What’s your favorite specific, actionable idea in the book?

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There’s a chapter in my book called Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Business. I didn’t have a degree, an MBA, or even a solid business plan when I started Creative Niche. A few years into running my company, I realized that if I was going to elevate my business to the next level, I had to advance myself to the next level first.

Entrepreneurs are so busy focusing on everyone else and everything else that they tend to put their own growth on the back burner. However, it wasn’t until I truly made time to become a better leader that my company began to experience real growth.

What’s a story of how you’ve applied this idea in your own life? What has this idea done for you?

Joining organizations like the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) was transformative for several reasons. I’m very fortunate to have great family and friends who are incredibly supportive. But let’s be honest: only fellow entrepreneurs understand the challenges, fears, and roller coaster of emotions you feel trying to grow and scale your business. I also took EO’s three-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT.

I’m not going to lie, it was incredibly hard work but I can’t tell you how valuable these experiences and groups have been to cultivate my company and myself as a leader.