Everyone believes it takes great ideas to be an entrepreneur or a great business owner. But much of the time, what makes us great and successful in our respective businesses and endeavors is the experiences we’ve collected along the way. All the things we’ve learned in our previous jobs, all the charity work we’ve done or ever been a part of and all the schooling we’ve ever had. All of it, helps us to be better in business and be better visionaries. IF we allow it to.
Much of the time we listen to outside voices; the voices of reason, the voices of wisdom, voices we’ve never met, supposed voices of experts, and what have you. We listen because everyone listens to someone who they think knows more than they do. But sometimes, all we need to do is listen to our own voices. Our voices of experience. They won’t be accurate all the time and they’ll never be perfect, but our experiences will guide us from failure success as long as we remember that every experience is a lesson and every lesson is a step closer to success
If we listening to our own experience, we should hear:
- Not everyone is meant to have a partner in business. Think of those group projects you had in school – did you like be part of a team or were you the one always doing everyone’s work to get the grade? There’s a reason why so many of us work better alone.
- A smile goes a long way – ever worked in retail? What is the universal way to greet someone? SMILE. A smile is a hello, it’s a icebreaker to a conversation and it’s definitely a way to make a sale.
- Tackle every task piece by piece. When was the last time you volunteered with a group of people? Did you noticed how everyone had their assigned tasks and duties and not everyone was doing the same thing? That’s because a big project needs to be taken on piece by piece and delegated.
- Time matters. There used to be a time when turning in a report late meant getting a lower grade. As we’ve gotten older, turning in late report could have resulted in a demotion or being written up. When we’re running our own show, being late creates a bad rapport and we lose out on business.
- Uniformity builds recognition. We may not have wanted to don on the ‘one-size-fits-all’ t-shirt as we planted trees, picked up trash or collected money, but it allowed everyone we came in contact with to identify us and what organization we belonged to. We stood out by belonging to something.
What goes into starting and running our own businesses can seem daunting, especially in the first couple of years. Easy answers are rare, customers can be scarce, money fluctuates (and that’s putting it mildly), our ideas may have already been taken and time seems to always run out. But if there’s anything we know for sure, is that experiences have been our best guide. They’re not always right, but they’re not far from the mark.