I’ve heard many business owners refer to their creation as “their baby”, in relation to the amount of time and effort and care that goes into creating and maintaining its existence. I’m fortunate enough to be nurturing two babies at the moment – my Little Guy and Studio m Architecture + Design. Both need lots of attention. Both of them bring me great joy. Both of them have the potential to bring wonderful things into my life.
I’ve poured over approximately 4.2 billion books, articles, forums, blogs, videos, and legal documents about my babies. Some of the information is helpful. Most of it is gibberish. I’ve distilled some of my new knowledge down into a few points. You decide what baby they apply to!
1. The first steps are the toughest – hang in there.
You will never be fully prepared ahead of time. Something will happen that feels like you’ve been thrown off course and maybe aren’t ready. What were you thinking?! You’re probably going to mess it up. . . and you believe it. It’s happening. Step up.
2. Things may go to s#!t. It’s what you do next that matters most.
Despite your best efforts, some things are out of your control. The inevitable will happen and make things more difficult – and that stinks. Each time, you learn to accommodate and become more efficient. Deal with what you’ve been given, and try your best to make the change.
3. Make sure to set the tone early so that you have something to live by.
Rules are made to be broken, but if you don’t have them, you won’t have anything to gauge the progress. Decide what is important to you and stick to it. It may be the foundation for the future. You’re allowed to change the rules.
4. Every day will bring something new to deal with.
Prepare all you want, but you have no idea what you’re going to be dealing with tomorrow. Welcome it. Learn from it. You’ll find that you’re slowly building your toolbox to deal with anything that comes along.
5. Don’t underestimate how much time it will consume.
Seriously. . . . . don’t.
6. Expect some negotiations to break down.
Sometimes holding your ground works. Sometimes it just makes things way worse. Pick your battles. The ones you pick, you still might lose.
7. Nobody will care as much as you do.
It’s true. When you go to sleep at night, you try your best, but sometimes everything ends up in bed with you whether you want it to or not.