What I’ve Learned So Far


For those who are thinking about starting a new adventure, whether it be a new business or any sort of big undertaking, here are some lessons I’ve learned so far…. {Source} #1 – Be Self-Reliant & Self-Confident This may seem obvious, but let me explain. The people who love you (and know your talents), are hopefully going to support you in your endeavors. However, you cannot and should not expect them to be your main source of motivation. You have to believe in yourself (and dare I say develop a bit of an ego) in order to pursue your dreams. You are your biggest fan, from day one and always. #2 – Just Do Something Every Day Lately this mantra has popped into my head quite frequently. Most days I am brimming with motivation and drive, but there are also those days when I wonder if I’m kidding myself with this whole thing. Not every day is going to result in a design breakthrough, or hours of genius work. Some days it may just be drafting a blog post, or organizing your work space. Nothing happens overnight, but progress should be made in some form and to some degree every single day. #3 – Become an Expert When deciding to launch a business, you cannot just be the designer, artist, or whatever role you play in said industry. You are the business manager, bookkeeper, marketing director, and much more. Being creative and passionate about your work is great, but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t know how to get organized and spread the word about your business. Read all the books, blogs, and articles you can. Immerse yourself wholeheartedly. #4 – Be Patient & Enjoy the Ride This one may seem a bit contradictory to my other points, but I’ve found you need to strike a delicate balance between passion and planning. You’ll want to go into business yesterday, but jumping in prematurely could ultimately push back your timeline. Something this important shouldn’t be done quickly, it should be done right. Once you press that button to launch, all the long hours and self-restraint will be worth it. #5 – Mistakes Will Happen No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, you’re going to screw up at some point. Accept this.

A wise man once said that if you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not trying hard enough.

  1. Tim Layton says:

    What an enjoyable and helpful post. Five lessons that, if not forgotten, will take you and anyone who applies them a very long way. I’d like to share this at some point if you don’t mind. Have a great week.

  2. What a great post! Your five points are practical advice for any new business owner. Thanks Sandy!

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