It was 9 years ago today that I decided to plunge into working full time (while juggling motherhood) for myself.
If you know me, you know I had to look up the meaning of # 9.
It is the number of Universal love, eternity, faith, Universal Spiritual Laws, karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, service to humanity, humanitarianism and the humanitarian, lightworking and lightworkers, philanthropy and the philanthropist, charity, self-sacrifice, selflessness, destiny, soul purpose and mission, generosity, a higher perspective, inner-strength, public relations, responsibility, intuition, strength of character, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, generalist, discretion, brilliance, problem-solving, inner-wisdom, self-love, freedom, popularity, high ideals, tolerance, humility, altruism and benevolence, empathy, compassion, non-conformity, artistic genius, an expansive viewpoint, eccentricity, communication, influence, perfection, magnetism, understanding, forgiveness, compassion and sympathy, the visionary, duty and calling, obligation, mysticism, optimism and Divine wisdom.
Humbled in knowing my actions have not strayed far from these ideals.
Starting, building, growing a business… is an exercise in personal development.
Growing a business tests you in so many ways. It tests your self-discipline, your intelligence, your communication skills, your focus, and so much more.
The real world of business can be very unforgiving.
It’s a world where success is rewarded and mistakes are not forgotten.
What is the benefit in that?
It keeps you honest.
I’ve learned that you cannot settle for weakness, you cannot be unwilling to do the work, you cannot pursue bad ideas, and you have to invest time and money in your continued education… or your business will fail.
Some people can’t handle the pressure of running their own business. The risk of failure becomes a serious issue. I’ve learned that risk helps you grow and it makes you stronger.
An entrepreneur who fears risk is like a swimmer who’s afraid of water.
Growing a business has allowed me to grow; it has made me aware that I am woman who can handle a lot more than I thought myself capable of.
I’ve learned to pace and challenge myself. To trust myself and others, to work (very) hard, to stay focused under pressure, to let go of what doesn’t serve my mission, to learn from others, to find a balance between family and business, and still enjoy the ride.
What lessons have you learned along your entrepreneurial journey? Would love to hear from you, leave me a comment below!