Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer lessons & advice


This summer has proven to be a big lesson in balancing work, family time, productivity and profit. There are many challenges in building a brand, and when you feel like you're doing it all on your own, it can start to feel draining.

Last week, I asked Instagram if anyone had advice on balancing work as an entrepreneur when the only one on the team is yourself.

I thought I'd share the responses:
  • Make a list - Writing out a physical list of everything needed to get done will help when feeling overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time and check off the item when completed. Each completed task will feel like a small reward.
  • Reach out - It's important to ask for advice/share experiences with others, friends/people you admire in similar fields have probably been in the same boat, so don't be afraid to reach out.
  • Don't try to do everything at the same time - Go step by step. There is a moment for each creation.
  • There is no need to compare yourself to someone else's success - Observe and learn from what one does right, and don't stress about the rest. Each one of us are living our own, unique stories at our own pace.
  • Remind yourself why you started in the first place - If there is still passion and drive, you'll always figure out ways to move forward.
  • Take hardships as opportunities to improve yourself and your work.
Thank you to those who replied and who shared. This was encouraging, and I hope that if you relate, you can find courage in these pieces of advice and feel a little less alone (because you are certainly not alone), too. And when the time is right, I hope you (and I) gain the resources and wisdom to grow, with a team by your side and confidence in the knowledge that you are capable to do whatever it is your mind dreams up.

Be patient with yourself (a note-to-self, as well).
And never hesitate to reach out.

M.

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