Lindsay’s In Business: PART 63: Learning how to take care

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What happens when you realise your path is entrepreneurship rather than employment? Lindsay takes up the challenge and shares an account of her journey as it unfolds…

A new year.  A new lens. And through this new lens I see that life is all about taking care.  Taking care of yourself, of the people around you, of the things you are doing, of the impact you are having.

  1. There’s a huge difference between using words that are sloppy and thoughtless, and using careful words that consider the listener and the meaning that will be received.
  2. There’s a huge difference between speeding through tasks to get them done, and doing things mindfully and properly.
  3. There’s a huge difference between doing what you think you need to do with a fixed mindset, and doing while keeping a constant radar out for alternative possible realities.

To explain what that last one looks like in practice, read this.

Anja Uitdehaag forwarded me some pointers from another female entrepreneur, Tara at  One of Tara’s points is:

The first phase of a new venture is not about running a thriving business. It is about the process of figuring out what product or service is going to work out there in the world. The early years are about a kind of structured trial and error to find out what your business is going to be.

We start our entrepreneurial journeys with lots of unanswered questions.  Who will want what I have to offer? What of all that I have to offer is there truly an audience for, and what do people actually want to pay for? What language do I need to use when I talk about it, so that my audience grasps what I’m talking about and sees it as for them? What can I build a sustainable business around?

The first many months, or often the first couple years of the entrepreneurial path, are about answering these questions by trying things out in the world. They are about putting things out there to an audience and learning from what happens. If you see each trial that doesn’t work as a failure, your morale will be absolutely doomed. If you see them as exactly the process you are supposed to be engaging in, and you engage in it deliberately, you’ll be able to see all the learning as progress.

Thanks Anja – this resonates a lot with me. I know what I need to accomplish in 2019.  I’m going to do this with open mind and with care.  I’m going to stop trying so hard, and go with the flow.

Happy new year folks – take care in the year ahead xx

Mirror Mirror – … because when people at work have a better shared reality they are more effective.

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