Leaning on your business support system
One of the things that’s gotten me by at Advocations is having one really good mentor. For the past eight years, I’ve had somebody that is always my first call, even if it’s good news or bad news. It’s taken this time for me to realize that the people that understand you, the people that know you and the people that want to see you grow will be on your side no matter where you are in that time.
When COVID hit, I knew that I was going through some tough times, and it took me reaching out to other business owners to realize that it’s not just happening to me. And I think in that process of connecting with other business owners, it allows you to have a level of perspective. When you don’t think you’re the only one going through something, it can give you that extra kind of kick that you need to keep moving forward.
It is really tough sometimes to be vulnerable and admit that, you know, now’s a tough time. It comes with a little humility. You have to check your pride at the side, but if you are able to articulate the needs that you have to other business owners, we’re all problem solvers, and they’re going to help you see through, or at least provide maybe a different perspective that you might not have otherwise considered.
When you own your own business, it’s so much more than a business. It’s your heart, it’s your soul, it’s your hours of your day. It’s the sacrifices that you’ve made and, to, to stay as positive as you can. And when you’re not positive, don’t go in your hole, use that time and, and understand it’s important to reach out to other people.
The more you’re able to diversify your network and work with people that bring a new perspective to what you do. You might be able to discover the opportunities and if anything, you’re going to have a team of people rooting for you.