We are not really big on Valentines but it’s always good to have an excuse to travel and spend time together. It’s also a good time to hang out with interesting people to listen and learn from their life experiences.
Today we had the wonderful opportunity to just chill with successful and experienced entrepreneurs who were generous in sharing what they have gone through in their business journey.
Keep on Learning
The world is replete with ways to learn you just gotta have the insatiable desire to keep on learning. In a world where information is very accessible there is no excuse to stay stagnant. You also have to know the best method by which you learn the most. Not everyone can do it by reading books so talk to people instead or read blogs or listen to podcasts or watch videos- whatever suits your personality best. I like to learn by doing and following, sometimes complementing it with reading. But I cannot keep up with my husband’s reading list and am just content to listen to the gist of what he has read. I also learn through the company I keep and get inspired by their success and undertakings.
Get Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
It is quite common to hear this but today it was further validated by a friend who thrives in going beyond the comforts of what he has created. It is easy to be caught up in the trappings of success, thinking that these are the ends in themselves. But for innovation to continue to flourish, there has to be a desire to pluck yourself once more and again and again from what your norm is, sort of creating a new normal. It may seem at the surface that doing so is just about the thrill of the chase but more than this, it is truly a desire to constantly give back and give more to a world that has bestowed an abundance of blessings to you. I am inspired by this because it is a reminder to keep evolving, to continue reinventing one’s self in the process of doing and becoming more to the world.
Surround Yourself With People Who Will Keep You Grounded
Corollary to creating new norms for yourself as you evolve as an entrepreneur, it is equally important to keep yourself together and grounded despite all the movement. It is easy to be caught up in one’s success and new found power that is why it is important to have a set of people who will remind you of who you are and what is important to you. When you are successful, people tend to say yes to everything you say, creating a bubble where you are the center of the world. But this limited worldview is dangerous and self destructing. It pays to choose the company you keep and to constantly allow them to get you back to reality.
Allow Nature to Set the Lid
We are always told to think big and dream big. But how big is big? We often pick an arbitrary number that we think is big enough or we think of baseline numbers based on what other have set before. But greatness comes when we allow nature to set the course of things. It is not just about asking the “why” but also the “why not”. It is challenging the norm and finding non linear ways to grow. It is about working hard and putting your heart and mind into something you believe in and also working smartly as you adapt your mindset to what is available. This is one of the most striking learnings I got today since it teaches me to expand my worldview beyond what I think I am capable of, very apt as I am embarking on a new and exciting business.
Submit Yourself as a Vessel of Change
Beyond the business and the material or experiential results of it is a higher purpose why successful people do what it is they do best. They have fully embraced their role as agents of change in our society. By building successful businesses, they channel the blessings that they are bestowed with to help more people build their own lives. They are inspirations for upcoming entrepreneurs to also give back. They are a testament that making money and doing good can co-exist and even fuel each other. Through their lives I am reminded of the core of true entrepreneurship, that is , creating value for the greater good.
Have Fun and Enjoy the Process
There is too much stress happening in the world to make one’s business stressful. Yes it is no easy task especially in the first ten years with all the birth pains and life adjustments but that does not mean that it can’t be fun as well. I guess if your heart is in the right place there is joy even in the hardest of times. I think if the intent is clear and the vision is meaningful, the process can become worthwhile and enjoyable despite the ups and downs. Or sometimes it is the roller coaster ride that gives it double the fun.
Have a great love day and continue loving and learning!