5 Things You Should Know At The Start

Yesterday, while wearing a cute outfit and even cuter shoes, I attended a business networking lunch.

Please note: I would post a picture of aforementioned cute shoes networking away, but my iPhone is dead. Completely dead. Deader than dead. It is merely a hunk of non-functional electrons and I am praying that the Apple Store can resurrect it from the dead.

I love being an entreprenuer!

An interesting question was posed during the introductions.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go back in time, back to when you first started your business, and give your younger self that one piece of advice that would make all the difference today? What do you wish you’d known? What should every budding entrepreneur do at the beginning to make the business stronger down the line?

As I mused on the question and came up with 12 bazillion things I wish I would have known when I first started, I realized many things aren’t about business, rather they are about starting something, anything new.

If only I had known…

1. Perfection is a myth. No one is perfect. Set a deadline, work hard, give it everything you have, and ‘launch‘ on your set date. It doesn’t matter if you are running a race, writing a book, applying for a new job, or trying something new. Do not wait for perfection, if you do you’ll spend your whole life waiting for a moment that is never coming.

2. Learn, implement, tweak. Repeat. Reading, information gathering, and learning is good to do, but there can be too much of a good thing. Learn something, try it out, see what happens, and then tweak it to make it work for you. If your goal is to learn everything there is to know about something before you start, you’ll sit on the sidelines while everyone runs by chasing their dreams. Most of the learning is done in the trenches.

3. No comparing. There will always be someone better, more advanced, smarter, faster, or stronger. Do not compare. You have something to offer the world and no one else can be you. Practice seeing what is great in others and before you realize what has happened, you will see what is great about you.

4. Get expert help. No one, I repeat, NO ONE does it all alone. Every successful person has a team of people working with them to make their dream a reality. We need a community to help round us out so we can keep the momentum going. Find someone who is amazing at what you want to do and pay them to mentor or coach you; it will be the best money you ever spent.

5. Fail faster. Fail better. To fail is human. In fact, if you aren’t failing you probably aren’t doing that much. The failure doesn’t matter, but how you get up from it does. Learn, grow, and go forward. Fail forward into success. Those who do not rise up and fight again will always be defined by what they did not do. You get to choose what defines you.

What are you starting right now? What advice do you have for the start?

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  1. Love the realizations. I’m terrified of failing. Utterly terrified. Even though I know it’s a sign of doing something amazing, as a perfectionist, it’s still an awful feeling to know I somehow failed. I’m going to keep reminding myself that failure is part of learning, growing, and succeeding.

    • I have constantly redefine success for me and know that I did not fail if I achieved my definition of success. By deciding beforehand what success will be it frees up the nagging ‘told you so’ voice that I often throw out the car window and back over in the mornings. 😀

      • Good idea – maybe I need to redefine my definition of success and make it personal to ME, not just follow some societal or industry ideal.

  2. Excellent insight, Donloree. I’m so glad the Capital Ideas discussion inspired you to muse in such a delightful way. We’re planning to share a bit of your advice with Journal readers on Aug. 18, so watch for that.

    Also, I saw and noted the cute outfit, but missed the shoes. Boo me! Next time.

  3. I love the advice you give on not comparing. its so true. and no one does it alone. Everyone has help to become better and bigger than they are.

    • YES! Sometimes we are the one that helps someone else grow and other times we are getting the help. In fact, both are most likely happening at the same time. 😀

  4. Love this list!!
    I sooo needed this today!
    Thank you

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