If you’re anything like me, you want to do everything the “right” way.
So you read all the books, the blogs…
You listen to all the podcasts.
And while all of that is AWESOME…
Nothing beats taking action and actually implementing what you learn!
The year before I officially started my business, I did amazingly well. I was so thankful. I just wanted to see if I could actually make money on my own before doing all the official business things like opening a business account, applying for a business license, etc.
In my official year of starting my own business, I did even better than the previous. I was so proud of myself that I even thought that maybe (just maybe!) I could do this thing…you know, be a business person! Because in my head, I’ve never considered myself to be entrepreneurial (but looking back I can see the patterns of one!).
Now that I knew the potential was there — because I had to have the proof that something was working — I wanted to do things the right way. And build the right foundations.
Because I don’t want to fail. I don’t want to waste money. And I definitely don’t want to waste time.
I read books. I listened to podcasts. And I even invested in some high ticket programs and courses.
Even though I learned a lot, I mainly learned what NOT to do. And what works for others may not really work for me.
There are so many things that experts will tell you to do. Some of them are right. But some of them are wrong.
So how do you know what or who to listen to?
Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned…
Don’t be afraid to do things your own way.
Don’t be afraid to try things and fail.
Don’t be afraid to have fun while you’re running your own business.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I spent a lot of time in 2020 doing what a Business Coach told me to do. I kept forcing myself to do things I was told to do — which has helped others — but it just did not work for me. I kept trying and trying and trying. And instead of seeing my business grow, it practically came to a halt.
It wasn’t until several months later, someone told me to go back to how I was doing things before instead of forcing this advice that was clearly not working.
Oh yeah, I CAN do that.
And guess what? If you follow someone’s “formula”, you end up like them…not like you. And if you do things exactly like everyone else, you don’t stand out.
Through that process, I lost who I was and my own unique vision of what I wanted my business to look like…
Because there are so many variables. And there is only one you.
You could say that I was extremely disappointed. I invested so much time, money, and emotional energy doing things I was told to do, and nothing was working.
And so…I guess this is what I would say to my younger self…
You’re going to try things, and it might not work out. But at least you tried, and you know for yourself what won’t work for you.
Don’t overthink it.
Don’t forget about the process you’re making! Things may not seem like they’re moving quickly enough, but you ARE making progress.
Don’t lose yourself while listening to experts. Some of their advice will work for you, but some won’t. Try to figure out what works for you.
And for the advice that doesn’t work? Pivot quickly.
Don’t be afraid to try things! Experiment! And have fun! You don’t want to have a business you end up hating!
And when you have fun, you attract good things!
As a lifelong learner, I will always continue to invest in myself. So yes…I will always be on the lookout for a great Business Coach. And I will probably always be enrolled in a program or course. I’m a big believer in constantly bettering yourself, your craft, your mindset.
But I’m learning now exactly the type of people to follow, learning to examine their businesses closely and see if they’ve achieved exactly what I want to do (or as close to it as possible), and know that I don’t have to do exactly what they did because what worked for them might not work for me.
Keep learning from the pros BUT…
Don’t be afraid to do you.