October 19, 2018
Recognition is nice, but don’t just do work just for it. I’ve learned a few things in life watching award shows, attending award events, seeing people work for a prize: only a few come out with the “trophy”. Guess what, that doesn’t mean any of the others were undeserving of that same reward. And guys 99% of the time award giving is so subjective.
As an introvert with very high standards who doesn’t make waves or standout in any way I’ve seen myself passed over time and again for awards, recognition, and what not. When I was a senior in high school I got really upset when I was over looked for an award. It was then that I realized I was never going to be the outgoing person who made waves and stood out–like the student who did get the award. Somewhere between freshman and senior year of college I stopped caring about trying to stand out.
To this day I’ve done everything (starting a business, teaching, taking on projects and other responsibilities, being in charge of projects…) because I wanted to. Because it’s made me happy. Because I knew I could make a positive difference.
September 14, 2018
Make a list of all the things you’ve done that you never thought you “could”. When you feel down or frustrated or defeated look at that list and let it be your inspiration. You can do it!
August 17, 2018
As I’m sure most of you know by now I am a writer. I love to tell stories. One of the biggest rules we lived by in grad school and critiquing was: cut, cut, cut. If it doesn’t move the story forward you don’t need it. I can’t tell you how many times I (figuratively) wept over cut scenes. It was hard letting go of them, but when I got over the lost I would realize how much better my story flowed.
We can apply the same theory to our business. How many of us do or offer *too much* …whether it’s types of soap, the number of products, events we’ll participate in…?
I am totally guilty of this. I’ve gotten better. It took couple years, but I realized there are products I make that just don’t sell well enough. Or I was trying to make too many different product type to reach as wide a customer base as I could (which in the long run wasn’t really helping me). One of my 2018 goals was: less is more. On many fronts I’m working on making “less” actually be “more”.
These words of advice aren’t just for writing! I ask you this: What is one thing you could remove or not do from your business? Now try it! See what happens. Are sales negatively (or positively) affect? Do you have more (save) time? Could you reduce your expenses? Try it. See what happens.
July 20, 2018
A little different from my standard Inspirational Fridays. I hope all of you have a best friend or two out there who you can share this sentiment with! It’s important to have friends that make you laugh, smile, encourage you, and are always there for you. I’m thankful for the friends in my life. You all make it special!
May 18, 2018
Raise your hand if you ever make excuses! *waves hand* I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time. How many times do I look at something that’s hard or a lot of work and I find a reason not to do it? More often than I probably care to admit. Excuses don’t get anything accomplished.
I have a post I started writing (and just haven’t finished) on my personal blog that was titled “Am I a Quitter?” As you know I’m working on my Master Certification. Well, getting my research topic approved just about did me in. What I wanted to do wasn’t approved. I was so frustrated I almost said screw the test. I don’t “need” the certification. It took me a couple months to readjust my thinking and tackle a new research topic. I made excuses for why I should just quit. That didn’t sit well with me. It’s a master level test. It’s not supposed to be easy. And I was STRONGER than my excuses. I could do this. I could change my topic. I would still learn something valuable from the new topic, even if it’s wasn’t what I was originally going for. It was all about my attitude. I’m not a quitter. I stopped making excuses.
April 20, 2018
The hole will only get deeper. How do you get yourself out? That’s what sets you apart. Realize you’re in a hole and figure out how to get yourself out without digging yourself in any deeper!
March 16, 2018
I’m an introvert. I find it stressful to be in social situations, especially where I don’t know anyone. I’m never just going to randomly start up a conversation with a stranger. If given the choice between staying home with a good book or going out I almost always will stay in. I have to make myself participate in life. And there are times where I just get people overload and I have to remove myself for a couple days from having to be “social” so I can recharge.
I always laugh when I see this quote because I think I’ve appreciated being home doing absolutely nothing for as long as I can remember. But what I’ve come to realize after six years of running my business is that I’ve become much better at “social” interaction. It is a skill I’ve had to learn since running my business. I still have a lot I could learn, but I’m much better at it than I was say a couple years ago. And I think I have an even better appreciation now for the days I can be home doing “absolutely nothing.”