Manufacture Your Day by DROPPING PERFECTIONISM
It looks like people really enjoy my personal stories because I receive so many messages when I do write about how I dealt (or deal) with certain things.
In my mind there it is a fine line between showing off and hoping that people will benefit from my imperfect way of doing things.
Today I would like to share with you some lessons of my business journey and how this could be applied to the corporate world.
After losing my job, I really didn’t know “how” I would get my business off the ground but I had a strong “why”, and an unwavering belief that I could make it happen.
It has been said that if you know the why, the how becomes easy. Well, it was far from easy but true entrepreneurs like a good challenge and they enjoy taking risks.
Gutsy “must-haves” to get to the next level:
- Know what you want and never lose sight of that goal
- Work hard, have fun and have faith
- Become friends with your mistakes and learn from them – you have no idea how many “oops” I encountered along the way
- Aim to become better day after day
- Learn to ignore the naysayers
- You don’t have to know “how” if you have a strong “why”
- If you don’t have the resources, it will make you resourceful – if you don’t have money, you get the creative juices flowing
- Focus on progress, not perfection – progress is part of the process
- If you don’t know something, figure it out – I still remember when the first prospect asked me to provide a proposal and I had absolutely no idea how to write one but I did it
- Say “Yes, I can” rather than “No, I can’t”
- Be positive but if you want to cry, cry (yes, also guys are allowed to cry) – then let it go and move on
- Surround yourself with positive people – nobody can do great things alone
- If you are committed to Plan A, you don’t need a Plan B
Today I know that perfection is totally overrated. Nobody is perfect.
Yes, everyone should strive to get better but if you wait that the conditions are perfect or that your service/product is perfect, you will limit yourself and you’ll never get started.
Why do I tell you this?
Aim to become an “intrapreneur” and/or help to create more “intrapreneurs” (entrepreneurial spirit within a company), drop perfectionism and the sky is the limit. Possible side effects are happiness, fun and fulfillment.
Come on, say “YES”.