The world has changed...
I had always been told to go to school, graduate and get a good job. Then everything else would fall into place.
But it didn't.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start my own business.
I had a lot of preconceived notions though, about being my own boss. I really thought I'd have to have a certain set of skills that I did not feel like I had. I thought I'd have to give up my life for years to make sure my business took off. I thought I'd have to take out loans and go into debt. I thought that unless I made a huge fortune, everyone would think I was a failure at running my own business. I thought that at age 41, I was too old to restart my career.
Ready for the kicker??? NONE of that was true. None of it!
I never thought I'd be able to own my own business, and I'm blown away every day at the fact that I now LOVE being a business owner!
And the rewards are so much more than I ever imagined.
In this video 5 Self Discovery Side Effects That Come From Running Your Own Business I talked about the 5 amazing self discovery side effects of building your own business. Let's dive in a and take a deeper look!
Side Effect 1:
I had skills I never knew existed
Really, this was a big wake up call for me. I never knew I'd be able to learn all the ins and outs of social media, email marketing, training and teaching others to do what I do.... I found out I was super organized and loved creating systems that made it easier for women to be their own bosses! Yes! I also learned that even in my 40's, I was not too old to begin again and you could, in fact, teach and old dog new tricks!
Side Effect 2:
I was happier being my own boss
WAY happier actually. The most important thing in my life is my family. To be able to take my son to school every morning, pick him up from school every afternoon, take him to karate, baseball and piano was so important to me. These are things I could not have done if I had not taken the chance of myself and started my own business. Not to mention, I never have to ask a boss for sick days if he is ill, or vacation days when we want to travel! I get to decide that. And if I want to decide to work in my pajamas, I can! And there is never any traffic on my way to my home office! Unless you count the legos I have to carefully navigate my way through some mornings.....
Side Effect 3:
That balance was not natural for me, but I could learn it
I fully admit, I am a person who like to be in control and know what is going to happen every hour of the day. I am a note taker and a list maker. So balance did not come easily to me. In fact, I decided long ago that things in life are on a pendulum. Sometimes my business needs me more. Some times my family needs me more. And sometimes, I need to give myself priority. I had to practice knowing where my efforts and energy needed to be. And be ok with the fact that is was going to change from time to time.
If you have not seen my video on self care- you can check it our HERE.
Side Effect 4:
That I deserved to celebrate the small wins
Small wins are EVERYTHING. Each step you take is a victory! If you are only waiting for those huge wins, you are missing out on the change to celebrate the journey. It's not only the destination that matters. It's who you become and what you enjoy on the way. If celebrating yourself is hard, take a minute right now and make a promise to yourself. At the end of the week, you will celebrate a win. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Like everything we do, practice makes perfect. So this week, practice giving yourself credit. You deserve it!!!
Side Effect 5:
That is is never too late to chase after your dream life
I have re started so many times in my life. I went back to get my masters degree at 35 years old. Now, THAT was scary! Being in a classroom with 20 year olds was interesting! Then, at 41, I decided to dive into running my own business. Scary? YES. Insurmountable? NOPE. I firmly believe that it is never too late to chase your dreams. I'd rather try and fail then never try at all. And age?? Ladies, listen to me, your age does not define you. That's just a number. What defines you is your desire, your passion, your heart, your purpose. Use that to fuel you and drive you.
See you next week!
Leslie is an 8 year veteran of the direct sales industry. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 8 year old son. She loves traveling, wine and helping women run amazing, fulfilling businesses.