FIVE YEARS LATER: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TIPS FOR GROWING A BUSINESS
When I decided to become a blogger five years ago (My fifth year anniversary was on March 14th!), it was partially for a self-fabricated college internship — between a double major, a minor and a full-time job, I literally had no time.
But if we’re being honest, it was mostly because I wanted to model and be a burger-bite away from my shake shack addiction. While the influencer lifestyle was becoming a “norm” in 2014, I still presumed it to be all about pretty feeds, PR packages and sponsorships — so I said, “sign me up!”
Exactly five years, 1 month and 1 day later, I can wholeheartedly say that being a creative is the most uncomfortable, yet rewarding experience in the world. There are lots of early mornings, late nights, pneumonia & heat stroke threatening photo shoots (God forbid), frustrating negotiations with brands, and often terrible comparisons to bloggers who have already put in their 10,000 beginner hours.
As much as these eye-opening experiences often call for “never-mind” moments, there are many rewarding aspects that are applicable to any business.
With that said, here several personal development tips for growing a business.
PROGRESSION NOT PERFECTION
If you’re been hanging out with me for awhile here (yes, when you read my blog, we’re hanging out), then you know the issues I’ve had with perfectionism. I cannot stress enough how much self-sabotaging I’ve done over the year all in the name of perfection.
Done is better than perfect.
Could you imagine the big magic we allow to die because we weren’t “ready” to release it? When were you actually ready for a project? If you’re anything like I was, ready rarely came and whenever it did, the fuel to achieve that said project was already dead.
So whenever you’re feeling like your business is not ready, remember this:
Launch the website — even if the graphics aren’t up to par.
Write the book — even if you think no one will read it.
Start the blog — even if your camera isn’t a DSLR.
Develop the app — even if there are existing ones.
Make headway for the boutique — even if the sales goal seem unrealistic.
I was so stuck on perfectionism and picking at my flaws, that I wasted so much time planning instead of executing.
THERE'S NO TIMELINE TO SUCCESS
WHEW! This is going to strike a nerve, so please forgive me.
Some of us are good at being talented with research — mostly due to the dependence of the recognition. And when that reward doesn’t come soon enough, we call it quits.
Your success should never be contingent on the outcomes. As cliche as this sounds, it’s really about the journey; when you focus on getting things done, the results appear before your eyes.
I’ve given up countless of times and taken numerous hiatus out of frustration, because I felt like I “deserved” more compared to other bloggers.
Imagine the entitlement! Now I am not saying there won’t be painful moments in your entrepreneurial career, what I am saying is, you have to bounce back.
Do not give up on yourself.
Do not timeline yourself out of your own blessings.
Even if it’s already been too long, your big break could be a day, a week, a month away.
I don’t know exactly when, I am not God — if you want it that bad, wait for it.
IT. WILL. COME.
FAILURE WILL BE AN OPTION
Who created this whole idea that failure is not an option? Please, tag them they can catch these hands! How will you learn to stand up, if you’re so afraid of falling?
Don’t be afraid to fail, it will happen anyway.
So, like I say in nearly all my blogposts in reference to fright.
Feel the fear and do it anyway!
I get it. You don’t want to put all that work into something you love, all to see it crumble before you. I too, have this fear. But have you ever heard of a successful person who didn’t fail? They literally all do! The difference between them and unsuccessful people is they allow themselves to continuously fail and adjust in new ways.
Fear of failure is one of the most insane bondage we’ve been tied to, and I need you to free yourself.
THE SLIGHT EDGE
Excerpt from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson:
“It’s never too late to start.
It’s always too late to wait.
The simple little actions you take today can look very different when you see how they play out over time.”
I firmly recommend you read this book, if you’re someone who struggles with being consistent or believing that hard work pays off.
Everyone has a dream, a goal, a desire, but are you resilient, consistent, and concise? Do you strategize and stick to it?
Productivity is not accidental and success is not pure luck. It’s the simple, everyday actions you take over time, that’ll get you to where you’d like to go.
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