Does anyone remember hearing this from time to time as we grew up? It may be a generational thing, but there wasn’t a week that went by where I didn’t hear it from a coach, teacher, or friend. So while I started to contemplate how I could make a difference in the world, how I could start a business that meant something special to me, and how I could “Find something I love, so it didn’t feel like work”, this phrase kept popping into my head.
I’ve always been cautious by nature. Which is funny because I was involved in a very risky sport. But, this sport taught me something more than just back flips, it taught me how to pace myself and work on progressions before going go gold.
Which is exactly how I started to approach the idea of starting a subscription business. Sure, it wasn’t a new concept, but I needed to work on progressions before I felt comfortable enough to launch into a business. I’ll share my progressions with you, starting with my first; it was called reading.
Back in June of 2015, I was reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg outside on the patio overlooking the ocean. So many things she said resonated with me such as:
“Done is better than perfect.”
“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”
“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”
There are so many more amazing quotes from that book, but let those three sink in a little bit.
When it comes to business, men are naturally born with arrogance, confidence, and a risky gene. Women tend to need the feeling of assurance, and can be afraid of risk. Which makes me laugh because men have the tendency to figure it out if a risk doesn’t turn into a reward. But Women KNOW how to turn risk into a reward. Look at childbirth, we risk our bodies, our minds, our figure, our wine intake, and then we have one challenging contraction after another…but then the reward comes and it made everything you went through worth it.
Reading this book, along with a long list of others helped get me through the assurance phase. The phase that was holding me back from putting pen to paper. I’m still nervous, but that nervous feeling keeps fueling my fire because I’m channeling it into confidence.
No Guts No Glory
More progressions are coming soon…