Being an entrepreneur–hell, being a human–is about constant learning. At least it should be if you want to grow and develop. The past two months of my life have been a great reminder of this. I bought a house, hired my first employee and decided to completely re-brand my company. To sum it up: I feel like I’ve compressed an entire year into two months.
While it’s certainly been crazy and stressful at times, I feel strangely zen (now, at least). Once you go through the fire, your vision becomes clearer and you become tempered.
Anyway, enough philosophical spouting from me. Here’s what I’ve learned about life, business and myself over the past two months, in no particular order:
- Listen to your gut. Always.
- Learn how to differentiate your gut from your fears.
- Reward loyalty and quality.
- Let go of things and people who place you in servitude. (Bonus: Service and servitude are not the same thing)
- Let go of people who do not value you or your work. And be unapologetic about it.
- Go out of your way for those who do value you and your work.
- If you hire family, expect challenges. That includes hiring family members of your employees or contractors.
- Sell to people who value your service/ product AND can afford it. (This relates to #5)
- Don’t be afraid of growth, change or challenges.
- Sometimes those who supported you when you began won’t sustain or support you as you grow. That’s okay.
- Diversify, diversify, diversify: talent, income, skills and relationships
- Believe in the good in people, but keep them honest when you have to.
- Never worry. Either work harder or let it go.
- Stay focused on your vision even when everything around you is uncertain.
- Let go of who you want your customer to be and see who they are.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Short and sweet. Now go do something amazing. I believe in you.