*** “Group Wisdom” is a series where I reach out to members of the Moxie community for advice on best business practices. Members are chosen at random from our Moxie membership list — you might be hearing from me soon! ***
Success is so often the result of trial and error — that’s why there are so many eloquent quotes out there from great minds about the importance of failure and persistence!
Still, most of us wish we could take the hard-earned wisdom we have now, go back in time, and have a smoother re-do. That got me wondering: What one piece of advice do you wish you could give your past self — the self that was just starting out on your business journey?
Here’s what some Women with Moxie said:
“Who wouldn’t want to go back in time to bestow earned wisdom on our younger selves? Running a business is not for the faint of heart and I know that, though I am nearing 14 years, I am nowhere near where I hoped I’d be. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and I’ve learned from them.
So often, especially as women, we let others determine many things for us. I struggled for a long time to identify what parts of my life choices and business were all mine and which were pressed upon me by outside forces and the expectations in my industry. Eventually, I found my voice and discovered my business does not fit any existing business model, so lots of the messages I was receiving were sending me in the wrong direction. If you are struggling to find your voice in life and/or business I encourage you to trust your instincts, focus on discovering your true self, identify your super powers, and ask yourself “What matters to me?” “What do I want?” and “How do I want my business to impact the world around me?”
Find your “why” to get off the beaten path and onto your very own road.
As small business owners, women, and creatives, we hear a lot of negative messages. This work is hard enough without being surrounded by naysayers. Please stop talking to the cynical people in your life about your business — they are not your audience, and that’s okay. Instead, find your people. Seek out other creative women entrepreneurs who support each other. I don’t mean mindless cheerleaders who don’t really listen or who give constructive feedback — I mean real, hard-working women entrepreneurs who see you, listen to you, and want to see you succeed. Women who don’t see you as competition, but as someone to support with their wisdom and love. Find a place where you can both give and receive this type of beautiful connection, where dreams are encouraged to grow rather than squashed with fear. I don’t believe I’d still be on this road without the support of the amazing women in my life. We need each other.
When I started my business, there was so much I didn’t know about business, or myself for that matter. The next piece for me was to develop a growth mindset. Whether it meant reading a book, taking an online course, attending a conference, or asking wise women in my life, learning about business, personal growth, or just plain interesting topics helped me find my way. Become a sponge: learn absolutely everything you can about business and anything else that interests you. It will expand your horizons farther than you could possibly have known.
If I’d had a mentor help me discover these sooner, I’d like to believe my progress would have been accelerated. Get out there and change the world. It won’t be easy, but you’ll get to where you want to go if you focus on what is right for you, find your people, and learn, learn, learn!”
– Michaela Chevalier, Dancing in the Rain
“I would tell my newly minted practitioner/business woman self to meditate! Every. Single. Day.
Take a few minutes in the morning before you get caught up in the all the busy lists of marketing, spreadsheets and client needs and pause. Just stop, take in the silence and communicate with your higher self for a bit. This will open doors to creativity and strengthen your energy! Which in turn will allow you to grow stronger, be more responsive, open new perspectives and allow you to be present with your clients on a deeper level.
There is an old Zen saying, ‘You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.'”
– Janeice Gray, JourneyHealth Acupuncture
“Be patient when you don’t have an answer yet, and pay attention to your intuition. Act when you feel the nudge.”
– Colleen Bourassa, Nuskin
“Just one thing, really: ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.”
– DeBorah Beatty, creativity coach
What sage business advice do YOU wish you could go back and give yourself? Please let us know in the comments!