“You’ve Forced Me To Grow Up As A Business Owner.”

She did it by remaining open, curious, brave and focused on action. She did it by listening more than she talked, by surrounding herself with a community of experts, and by relentlessly experimenting.

by | Aug 17, 2018 | 0 comments

“You’ve forced me to grow up as a business owner.”

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young lady, who had raven hair and the most radiant smile. She was quick as a whip, worked hard at her job, and was kind and compassionate to others.

One day, she decided it was time to become free. She could feel the pull of her independence in every inch of her being, and tired of dreaming about her escape. She packed up her belongings and strode straight through the door marked “The Wild Yonder” without another thought.

Freedom was sublime. At least, where her heart was concerned. But freedom also brought along with it such responsibility and so much… reality. It was worth it, she knew, but she sometimes felt stuck in one place, like her feet were in quicksand.

Of course, the heroine of our story is a newly minted business owner (my client), who had freed herself from the corporate ties, only to find herself immersed in business worries. She was growing… a little. She was free, for sure. But she wasn’t sure how much longer her savings could bridge the gap.

When we met, she was that young, fresh girl peeking out gingerly from behind the curtain, eyeing the crowd and then running backstage to breathe into a paper bag. So she stayed hidden, and small, not knowing what to do next.

Over the last year (we have been working together that long!), that same tentative business owner has become ferocious. Her entire self has transformed and she has stopped selling herself short, questioning her judgment, flinching when she sets boundaries, keeping something going that doesn’t serve her, and she no longer looks for permission.

I mean, it’s astounding.

Did I mention she’s going to close this fiscal at 3x revenue growth?

Yep. This lady has matured. And she did it by remaining open, curious, brave and focused on action. She did it by listening more than she talked, by surrounding herself with a community of experts, and by relentlessly experimenting.⠀

Tell me in the comments…

Want to be like the heroine of my story?

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