Taken from:: http://www.craftcast.com
Being a small business owner has taught me:
I have learned that I am a good teacher despite my lack of leadership skills. I can actually really be a cool boss, mentor, therapist and friend while allowing others to learn about what I have to offer and hear what I have to say.
My business will grow because I learned how to clone myself. I am good at creating duplicatable services, policies, methods and expectations. I learned this when I managed a breakfast restaurant in my early 20’s. I worked with a very demanding boss that would never ask you to do something she herself would not do. I practice that skill today.
I can create loving, lasting, caring relationships with my customers/clients/patients and still have good ethical boundaries. I can cross the line between personal and business and still be all business. Coming from Corporate America I would never think that earlier sentence even existed. Seeing someones spouse show up at work was the talk of the cubicles, chatta chatta chatta all day long about everyone and anyone. It was exhausting. I’ve learned to ditch the chatta and replace it with meaningful words and actions.
I can handle both work and play. I’m a recovering work-a-holic in constant practice who didn’t understand that working so much was really a cover for what ever emotions I wasn’t dealing with. It is still a daily struggle for me to allow myself to “not work” but I am getting better at it each and every day. I learned how to be OK with not working and use it as a form of therapy. Saying NO has really been a big word for me recently.
I can connect with my audience with words even though I have a learning disability. I found people to surround myself with that could teach me what to write about, how to write it and what formats to use to make blogging/email marketing easier for me. I can’t spell, I have a hard time reading past the 9th grade level and I get mental blocks in the middle of a sentence. Writing, blogging and reading clearly and concise is beyond challenging. This 31 in 31 blog challenge is like death for me. I am just doing the work and seeing what I come up with.
I think age doesn’t matter but perseverance does. I started my first successful business at the age of 21 and “failed” at it 5 years later. I closed my business and never reopened it. For quite a while I thought success was never meant to be in my deck of cards. I was always taught to not expect too much, go to college and the man will take care of you. Well I failed at college TWICE so I was 0 for 2 in that department. It wasn’t until I looked beyond my personal 4 walls, took risks in ALL areas of my life and business and just started doing the work no matter if it was fully done or not that I start to see the money roll in. And for me success = a certain amount of money and lifestyle. Success might mean something different to you.
Taking chances are not as hard as I thought with faith, friends and hard work. I had two influential people in my life telling me to go for it when I woke up one day and said “I think today is the day I find a space for my massage therapy practice”. My very supportive fiance and a dear friend of mine that owned her own spa. I pray often for myself, others and the world in general. It is what allows me to put my stress and worry into the hands of God and keep moving on with my life’s plan and purpose. What’s left is a hard working massage therapist looking to make a difference in the world even with all her faults.