Maybe you’re one of those people that walks around saying things like “no regrets”, or “it’s all meant to be” – and at times I really WISH I was one of those people. But the fact is that in business, and heck life, I wish there were a few lesson I nailed earlier on. And ya ya, cue the record that plays my fave tune “those mistakes made you the leader you are today” – TRUE. But something tells me, it wouldn’t have killed me to adopt certain things earlier on. I likely would be further ahead. It’s not something I mention to beat myself up, but rather if it helps YOU stop dragging your little stubborn feet on one of these topics – well at least that’s great for one of us!
So without further adieu, the things I wish I would have done differently:
- What other people think is none of your business. One of my mentors told me this early on in my business but I really did want every one to a) like me and b) like what I was doing. But alas, that is not life. People are not always thinking of you and not always poised to be your cheerleader (however dude, that cheerleader that IS in your life, tell them they’re the bomb. RIGHT NOW.) I did spend unnecessary time early on in my business worrying what people would think of me forging ahead to start my own business. And the truth is sometimes I got poked fun at, but most of the time people had truly kind things to say. And eventually, I really came into the fact that if I was to really be proud, I had to do my best at my work. And the only way to do that was to block out what other people were saying and to just. GO. FOR. IT.
- It’s ok to make some noise! Once I started feeling proud and owning my business, I started to embrace that as a entrepreneur who’s paying her two mortgages with her business – it’s ok to promote it. To make some noise and to stand out publicly. Yup, I mean social media. Early in my business, I shied away from “annoying” people on social media. Let’s be straight – social media should be social. I don’t want to be “sold to” constantly on IG, but the fact is that it is a marketplace. Instagram users are 70% more likely to make mobile purchases. So it’s in fact NORMAL to let people know what your business is and what you have to offer. 100 years ago most people were entrepreneurs, and MOST people bought from “friends”. There’s zero reason why I wouldn’t want to support a friend’s business over a big box store. We’re in the midst of a side hustle revolution so we should all get use to supporting one another.
- Trust your gut, implicitly. Guys, I got a good gut. Most of the time when I meet someone and my gut tells me to stay away from them: my gut spits the truth. When my gut tells me to jump into something (even when my head is like HELL NO STAY SAFE AND IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE), my gut is always right. I haven’t always embraced my most trusted built-in advisor, but it’s something for you to think about: do you trust your gut? And what is your gut telling you to do with your business, that you’re avoiding or dragging your feet over? My advice: stop being that petulant child with yourself and rip the bandaid. Make it happen.
So my question to you is, what’s the one thing you would do differently?