I’ve been in businesses for quite a few years and I’ve worked hard for success, and just like everyone else, I have had my fair share of challenges and had failures to rise above. But in every step of my journey there has always been a personal learning curve to overcome, something I have taken away and continue to use today. I thought I would share a couple with you here to help you in your own journey.
A fear of failure
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill
I’ve always believed that failure is just another stepping stone in the journey, to be afraid of it will only stop you from trying. As my children were growing up and facing the stress of exams or competitions, naturally the instinct of fear kicks in, but my advice to them has always been “feel the fear and do it anyway”! Trust in yourself, have confidence in your ability and let the fear fuel your drive for success.
Looking after you health
Life can get hectic! No matter what stage of life you’re in, there always seems to be an increasing list of things to-do and less time to get them done. After many years of late nights, whether it was up feeding babies or trying to meet deadlines in the office, one of the things I tried to never let slip was my health. My advice to you is to never compromise your nutrition, as this is what fuels your energy to keep on going and prevent an otherwise inevitable burnout and always try to get as much sleep as you can!
Value your time
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it”
– M. Scott Peck
One of the most important things I have taken away from my journey so far is being able to value my time. One of my priorities when setting up my first business was flexibility. I had two young children and I didn’t want to be in the position that work would compromise my time with them. I have always made sure I have the time to get to those school concerts, football games and family events. I focus on valuing my time and working towards the best work-life balance I can. I hope you can use these tips to try and find the right work-life balance for you!