Top 5 Lessons Learned In My First Year of Business
Being your own boss has a unique way of teaching you lessons every single day. Sometimes even multiple lessons a day. While I totally could whip out the 365+ lessons I’ve learned in my first year of business, I’m just sharing 5 of the most meaningful ones.
Take care of yourself.
This one goes first because I think it’s the most important, and the one that people tend to neglect the most. As an entrepreneurs, YOU are your biggest asset. Your business will only perform as well as you do. Work on your well-being – mentally, spiritually + physically. Set some “me” time aside in your calendar, and put the effort and energy into doing things that keep you at your best. So eat healthier, exercise, pamper yourself, get enough sleep, read your favorite book, and find + do things that make you feel happy. You will see the difference it makes.
Be a true heart.
When you just stay true to who you are and genuinely connect with others, amazing things will happen. Just be you, and don’t be scared to show it because of what might others think. Work your own voice and truth into your message. Do what feels right to you, and just be yourself. I’ve found that there’s magic when you share your truth with others. They will appreciate it, and become more encouraged to do the same.
Follow a plan.
There’s no one telling you what time to wake up, where to work, when to start, and when to stop. You are your own boss. It’s all on you. Pretty exciting, yet scary, am I right? Take some time to plan your day, week, month, + year. If you’re not someone to plan that far ahead, then at the very least plan your day. Of course, things happen and you may not stick to the plan, but at least you are waking up with the intention + determination to move your business forward.
Embrace what you don’t know.
Never see the unknown as a threat because it can be an opportunity to learn, grow, evolve and become a better person. I think that’s the best part about being an entrepreneur. You’re constantly walking into unknown territories, therefore you are constantly experiencing growth. That growth is what carves you into who you are. So embrace the unknown, and remember your path to success will look different than someone else’s.
Enjoy the process.
You will fail, but you will also succeed. Both are a part of the process, and each will bring value to your journey. Learn to appreciate each experience in their own light. Even the bad, ugly and really, really ugly experiences. Even though you might not be where you want to be now, trust that what you are doing will eventually lead you there. It all takes time, so you might as well enjoy it.
Overall, the first year is about figuring out who you are, how you want to represent your brand, and learning ways to share your passion in ways that impact others in a positive way. It’s about discovering that you can totally do what you love as a career, and then really being tested to see if you have what it takes to make it happen. And guess what? You totally do. Just keep taking it one day at a time.
I hope my lessons help you, and if they do, please share with a friend!