Starting a business is one of the biggest, bravest and most brilliant things you can do in this life. Deciding to fork off from the world as you know it and travel your own path is liberating and terrifying in equal measure.
At the beginning of my journey, I used to be crippled by the fear of making a mistake. There was nothing I hated more, than getting something wrong! Despite the fact that I was just one person, one human who couldn’t possibly know it all from the get go, I put huge amounts of pressure on myself to be perfect, from day one. Of course, I wasn’t, and when things went wrong, I felt them ten times worse because of the expectations I’d placed on my weary shoulders.
It was at this time that I came across an Irish proverb that spoke volumes to me (it literally screamed in my ears!); “the greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you’re going to make one.” That, right there – if I could give you all one bit of advice as you start out on your small business journey, it would be to write this down and remember it forever. Stick it on the fridge, write it in your notepad, cross stitch it on to something! Whatever you need to do, to remember those words. That proverb literally changed the way I walk on this planet.
Mistakes are life’s way of teaching us to grow and evolve. They’re a pivotal part of growth; letting us test the waters to see what works, and what doesn’t. You know all too quickly that putting your hand into boiling water is a bad idea, when you feel the searing pain. Pay attention to your path, and learn from your mistakes. There’s a reason we’re told to avoid yellow snow…