My step-daughter just graduated from high school and during this time I had the opportunity to reflect back on my youthful days. I thought about the friends I had, the teachers and coaches that inspired me, my dreams and goals and my overall perspective on life. During her graduation ceremony, I looked back at my younger self and wondered "If I knew then, what I know now, would I have changed my life choices? Would I have done things differently?"
Sure, perhaps there are some things I would like to have done differently, but every decision I have made in my life has led me to where I am today. While, I may not have made the finest decisions along my life path, I certainly have no regrets. The hard life lessons I have learned has helped shape me and my company into what we are today.
As an entrepreneur, I can only express gratitude towards the experiences I have had and the people that have crossed my path. Everything always has a funny way of working out. I know now, I am exactly where I should be.
I look at my step-daughter who is about to fly the nest and I am inspired by her blank canvas for the future. A canvas that she can paint however she wishes that will be filled with new decisions, new friendships, new life lessons and new experiences. I am excited for what she will accomplish and the adult she will grow into.
Running a business is just like graduating high school and entering into a new life chapter. When I think about the tips I would give to her, they are the same tips I would give to any of our entrepreneurial clients. If you are starting a new business or growing your existing business, these tips can apply to you too.
- Have fun and embrace the uncertainty.
- Be open to new relationships and nurture them as best you can.
- Hold on to the strong relationships of your past but make room for new people in your life.
- Dont be afraid to ask for help.
- Lean on your family.
- Be confident in yourself.
- Make mistakes, fall down and pick yourself back up.
- Give back whenever you can.
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