It never occurred to me how much I was holding my business back.
What I forgot in the process of building, is that wherever I go I take my business with me, I am it and it is me. So imagine my surprise when I became self-aware about certain things surrounding my leadership execution and my ideas about entrepreneurship.
In the early days, I worked my socks off. I dedicated every moment towards building what I would call my business; when in actuality I did not realise that I was, in fact, building an infrastructure for the business to succeed. (I did not even call it infrastructure)
However, there were two main lessons I recently learnt:
- I did not realise that I was building an infrastructure to be scalable. I thought my ‘successes’ – sales, acknowledgements and publicity was a demonstration that my infrastructure (which I called my business) was working because of the positive things that was happening. Whilst my losses were down to “those people” – ‘people not getting it‘. In reality, what I needed to do was learn, develop and grow from the wins and losses as I was working on the infrastructure, which is part of the process of growing and scaling a business in the way I wanted.
- I have to leave some of my old habits to accommodate the new responsibilities. I discovered that I was allowing my old life infiltrate the new infrastructure I was building. What do I mean? I was talking to my friends during the working hours about non-business things, ‘trying’ to be a good friend when in actuality, I was secretly pissed that they were not ‘realising that I was building a business and being more considerate with my time’. However, that was not their fault, it was mine. I was picking up the phone during working hours, they were seeing my activity on social media, as me having free time. I had not educated them and demonstrated to them my activities during the day was no different to me going to a 9 – 5 for someone else. I had to work at recognising my business as a business and communicating it as such.
Once I got those two things clear in my head, I was able to achieve:
- Clarity of thinking
- Mental space to innovate
- Time to do the things that are important
- Learn from my mistakes
- Measure my successes and build
When you lose focus on your business goals, you lose the drive and motivation to keep moving forward. However, once I realised my mistakes, I have been able to get back to a place of enjoying building my business again. Working smart and hard, enjoying the things that I am doing (NB: which are not always the things I love, but I find enjoyment in the things I am doing because I know that it is part of the infrastructure which will take my business to where I want it to go).
Because I am not recognised as a ‘success’ I sought the comments of someone you may trust a little bit more – so watch Gary Vaynerchuk
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR GREATEST ASSET AND MAXIMISE ON IT
I have discovered that my biggest asset is perseverance and persistence. I am doggedly determined and believe that you can achieve anything. I am also very patient in business. I am
about legacy and longterm success. I am a firm believer in the old saying ‘the strongest trees have the deepest roots’. However, not all trees with deep roots are the same.
Therefore, I do believe that the highly successful people possess different strengths in business, and they know how to maximise on those strengths to their fullest potential. Therefore, if you have read this far, I want to to do something for me 🙂
please write down your greatest asset and work with it to its maximum capacity.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy. 🙂 Peace!
Nicola M xoxo