In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to give some nuggets about what business has taught me as a women. So here we go…
Give yourself some credit
As women, mothers, daughters, sisters and business owners we can’t give ourselves a break. We do a phenomenal job of wearing multiple hats, being the problem solver and the office counselor and yet when it comes to taking a moment and being proud of our accomplishments, we aren’t kind to ourselves. My business taught me it’s okay to be proud of what I’ve done. It’s okay to be in awe of the times when I’ve turned bad situations around. It’s okay to do stuff and do it well.
As a business owner, you are your sales and marketing staff. Even if you are not a saleswoman, now that you have your own company you kind of are. So you have to know what your company is all about and to do that, you have to know what you are all about. Ever tried giving an elevator pitch when you have no clue what you’re pitching? Owning a business teaches you how to sift through the noise and find the important stuff.
You never stop learning
It’s a cliché but it’s so true, every day you learn. Whether it’s something you already know or it’s something completely new. You learn. You learn you could do things you never thought you could. You learn how different the world is outside of your bubble. You learn that people can surprise you in the most amazing ways. You learn that you have so much to learn.
So owning a business is bittersweet some days, and other days is the most beautiful experience in the world. To own a business you have to want so much more than anyone thinks you should have, and the payoff for that arrogance are the things that can’t be measured. As you build your empire, please remember to stop and build yourself.