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Starting a business is a lot of work. I mean a lot of work.
My friend, Michael, said he would hire me to do work for him because he says he knows I will never work harder in my life than I will right now. He actually told me this a few weeks ago over coffee. At the time, I laughed and agreed, but honestly, I really had no idea what he meant. I know now. I have worked more in the last few weeks than I have in years – seriously.
Starting a business comes with a lot of emotions. I mean a lot of emotions.
I was talking to my colleague, Tee, and she said I’d had a really good week. She reminded me it was full of networking and talking with some of my absolute favorite people. All true. They were genuine connections too. I reached out for a lot of advice and I received a lot of affirmation that what I’m building is a good idea. That all came with a lot of high emotions.
There have been some really low points, too. Minutes — no, let’s be honest — hours, of self-doubt, panic and fear for the future. This all compounded by the fact that I am exhausted. Not only am I in the final days before launching my business, my husband traveled all week for work. Highs were high, and lows were low.
Starting a business comes with a lot of feedback. I mean a lot of feedback.
Much of the advice I have asked for; some I have not. I remind myself that feedback is a gift and people are giving it to me because they care. I have listened and reflected on every comment, even if I didn’t agree with or implement it. I thought about it. Thank you.
Starting a business comes with a lot of humbling moments. I mean a lot of humbling moments.
My web designer set up MailChimp for me so that I could capture email addresses from my website. This was a recommendation from my colleague, Dorothy, and it was brilliant. The morning after MailChimp was set up, Dorothy asked me how many email addresses I had collected. I replied with excitement and told her 50. She asked how many I recognized. My response? Not many. I was excited, thinking that social media had really made an impact, and quickly. Dorothy was excited for me — for us — because she is part of the team.
The very next day, however, she asked how many more email addresses I had collected. I responded, stating that there were only 22. Not 22 new ones, but 22 total. As it turned out, the original 50 weren’t really email address from my site; they were the sample list that is shown when you set up an account with MailChimp. Nothing like reality smacking me back in the face …. with the reminder, once again, that relationships matter more than social media.
So here are the reminders I want to share from this past week:
· Determination is powerful.
· Emotions are real; focus on the good more than the bad.
· Feedback is always a gift.
· Stay humble, remembering it’s okay to laugh at yourself.
With appreciation and gratitude,