Despite the fact that I was anti- social media quiz, at first, I know that we all have an insatiable desire to learn more about who we are and why. Unlike other types of consumable online content, quizzes allow people to not only express themselves, but to make their own choices. Whereas most content is static, quizzes are interactive. People love learning about themselves and talking about themselves and quizzes allow them to do both.
The keys to being a successful entrepreneur are consistency and perseverance and a willingness to fail. And when we do, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and do it again! Statistically, it makes total sense. The more times you try, the more times you will fail, and also the more times you will succeed! If you don't fail, you are not learning and growing as a leader.
As we go into this Thanksgiving holiday week filled with opportunities to pause and give thanks, you may need to remind yourself to be grateful to even the most annoying of unsolicited advice-givers when it comes to your business. There is always a lesson to be learned if only you open your eyes to it! In the end, by practicing gratitude, you will find yourself calmer, wiser and more in control.
Have you “fallen out of love” with your business? Have you lost sight of your why? Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the daily distractions from taking the actions that really inspire you? We go into business to do what we love, to have the freedom to make our own decisions and our own schedules, and many of us end up slaves to the business itself and rarely having time to do the parts of it that used to bring us joy! So how do you make space to fall in love with your business again?
Entrepreneurs consider their business their baby, and they are so used to doing everything themselves that they have a death-grip on every activity. But by micromanaging -- keeping all the most important duties to yourself, or hovering over someone as they attempt to do what you’ve asked, not only are you inhibiting their ability to help you in a meaningful way, the end result is you hurt yourself and your baby, er, I mean business.
Our culture has this incredible aversion to failure. When someone says they “feel like a failure” it brings up some of the worst emotions: self-doubt, pity, shame. This is changing in some circles, but #fearoffailure still holds so many of us back from doing things that would help us grow. But, failure is inevitable. If you’re not willing to fail at all, it means you never tried.
Purpose is the foundation for the conscious creation of the culture you want to build in your organization. So, how can you articulate your unique purpose in a way that inspires others, to join your team, to support your movement, to buy your product? And how do you keep that in line of sight when the busy-ness starts to cloud your thinking?
While the eclipse was a tremendous reminder of the power of nature, and that there are forces at work all around us that are completely out of our control, it was also, for me, a reminder about the things that are happening in my life and business that are completely within my control – that while I can’t control what is happening around me, I do have the ability to change my own trajectory with subtle shifts in my thinking and actions.