Por Published On: June 18th, 2024

“Coming out of the closet” is a phrase often associated with the LGBTIQ+ community. It’s about being brave, embracing who you are, and taking a step towards living authentically. But coming out isn’t just about sexual orientation or gender identity. In life, there are countless moments where we reveal our true selves by overcoming fears and challenges. This truth is absolutely applicable to the journey of entrepreneurship.

In this blog, we will discuss some topics that may resonate with those navigating the experience of being a Latino entrepreneur in the United States. While we recognize that the challenges and biases faced by both communities are unique, we aim to draw connections between these experiences and show our support and solidarity for entrepreneurs and the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole.

The Many Forms of Coming Out

Coming out can be a significant moment in someone’s life. It could mean revealing one’s true self, following one’s passion, or taking a big step in one’s career. Each of these moments is special, and they all share themes of bravery, honesty, and being true to oneself. These are some times when we have felt like we “came out” as entrepreneurs.

Public Speaking, a New Language for The First Time

Picture this: you’re speaking English for the first time in front of an American audience as a Latin American. The words may sound strange in your mouth, and you may worry about being judged by your pronunciation or accent. It’s like coming out—showing a part of yourself that you’ve kept hidden.

Just like coming out as LGBTIQ+, speaking a new language involves overcoming fear—fear of making mistakes, fear of not being understood, and fear of being judged. But it’s a chance to grow and connect with others on a deeper level. The more you speak, the more confident you’ll become.

Leaving the Corporate World for Entrepreneurship

Making the decision to leave a secure job and start a business is like stepping into the spotlight. It’s all about chasing after your dreams, even when some people might not believe in you at first.

Taking that leap of faith means trusting yourself and your vision, even if others don’t see it yet. Starting a business definitely has its challenges, like not always knowing where the money will come from, working long hours, and feeling the pressure to succeed. But it’s also incredibly rewarding to watch your ideas come to life!

Becoming the Face of Your Business on Social Media

Showing yourself as the face of your business on social media is a vulnerable act. It’s all about sharing your story and connecting with your audience personally.

Just like coming out, authenticity is critical. Share your true self, your values, and your passion. People connect with real stories and genuine emotions. Not everyone will support you, but focus on the positive feedback and use criticism as an opportunity to grow.

Although the experiences may be different, both coming out as LGBTQ+ and other personal challenges involve feelings of vulnerability and require immense courage. It is crucial to recognize the distinct obstacles that the LGBTQ+ community encounters and to offer them unwavering solidarity and support.

Why should I embrace entrepreneurship and come out?

Simple: because no person and no enterprise deserves to live their truth and be seen. There are plenty of good reasons to come out and be open about who you are.

Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness

Vulnerability is a common theme in all of these experiences, and the entrepreneurship journey is no exception. Even though it can be frightening, opening up and showing your true self creates strong connections with others.

When you are genuinely open and honest, people are more likely to relate to and support you. Stepping out of your comfort zone paves the way for personal growth. Each time you embrace vulnerability, you have an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.

To inspire others

In the world of entrepreneurship, having the courage to come out can inspire others to take steps toward the future you dream of, both in their personal lives and for their businesses, which is an added value. Sharing your story can create a ripple effect of positive change. That’s why it’s essential to take the time to understand your fears and motivate yourself to achieve the life you want and deserve.

Our recommendation in this regard is to surround yourself with people who support you, believe in you and your life project, or have lived similar experiences. You can find this support from people close to you or professionals.

Because you deserve the future you dream of

In this world, there is space for everyone. There is room for every business and every way of existing. Occupying that space requires a lot of effort, facing daily challenges, and maintaining a hopeful outlook.

Being persistent is crucial for reaching your aspirations. Even when things become challenging, it’s essential to keep going because you believe in the future you envision, even after setbacks.

To build community

Understanding, sharing, and supporting others’ feelings and dreams is a powerful way to offer assistance on their journey. When we embrace empathy and make it commonplace, we build a strong community that provides support, encouragement, and a feeling of belonging. This allows personal struggles to transform into collective challenges. By creating a network of support, we can promote growth, increase visibility, and make our chosen paths easier to navigate.

It takes a lot of courage, vulnerability, and authenticity to come out of the closet in various ways. Whether you’re learning a new language, leaving a corporate job to pursue entrepreneurship, or stepping into the spotlight as the face of your own business on social media, these moments are all significant steps toward embracing your true self. By recognizing the common threads in the coming-out experience, offering each other support and solidarity, and sharing practical advice, we can help one another step into the light. Always remember, you are not alone on this journey. Together, we can create a world where everyone feels empowered to live authentically.

We extend a warm embrace and unwavering support to all who bravely advocate for improved living conditions for the LGBTIQ+ community and strive to advance their businesses in the United States. We identify with both journeys and support them with all our hearts. Let’s join forces and work together towards a more inclusive and empathetic world.

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Written by : Manuela Zuleta

Hi there. I'm a professional Communicator and Journalist with over seven years of experience in internal communications. Recently, I started my journey as a content creator and translator at Skytop.

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