Entrepreneur Skills: Learn from Experience
It’s been a week full of lessons. Check out what I learned and see how it will relate to your business.
1. Get out of the office.
I love working from home. I love that I don’t have to put on makeup, or shoes every day. But it can be very isolating. This week I went to a networking meeting. I got to interact with other business owners, and meet new people. It gave me an opportunity to see how my message lands when I say it. And to top it off, I won two, of the 10, raffle prizes.
2. Just meeting someone isn’t enough. You must build relationships.
About two months ago, I attended a networking meeting. I met a lot of people there. On Thursday, I met one of them for coffee. As important as it is to meet people, you really need to sit and talk with them, and get to know them, if you expect to get anything from the relationship.
3. You can’t want it more for someone than they want it for themselves.
This one’s a tough one for me. There is a woman I know who would have greatly benefitted from the mastermind retreat I’m hosting this coming weekend. I knew she couldn’t afford to join us. I decided to gift her a ticket. She was so incredibly excited when I told her. All she needed to do was find someone to spend time with her daughter one evening which she said wouldn’t be a problem. Two days later she called me. She was unable to find anyone. I know that if she really wanted to make it work she could have. I can’t want it more than she does. It makes me sad.
4. Set aside time for yourself.
After my early morning coffee on Thursday I took the rest of the day off. I went to visit Sammi and take her out for lunch. I went into business for freedom and flexibility. If I can’t take time out for this type of thing I might as well go back and get a job.
5. Having a grandpuppy is awesome.
Growing up I had a dog, and when I met Paul he had two dogs, but we haven’t had a dog for 25-years. As much as I love dogs, I don’t want that responsibility. Sammi and Todd needed a dog sitter on Saturday and asked Paul and me if we’d be willing to take care of Dani for the day. We had a blast. We took her on three long walks and let her run around at a local dog park. The best part… we gave her back at 10 pm. The lesson for you – in your business you might not want to do something full time, but you can get a lot of benefit from doing it sometimes.