When I left my beloved teaching career to follow my heart into an entrepreneurial adventure, I never guessed the skills I honed in the classroom would so deeply serve me in building an online business. (Actually three online businesses, but who’s counting?)
I jumped into the crafting of my business with the same tenacity I jump into everything I do. I read all the books. I studied with all the experts. I became very good at trying on formulas and perusing prescriptions. I even started writing things like,
“Seven Secrets to a…” and
“Everything You Need to Know About…”
Pretty soon I discovered there is no one-size-fits-all approach to entrepreneurial success. No ‘everything you need to know’ business-in-a-box success manual. In fact, many of the systems I studied in my entrepreneurial journey resembled the one-size-fits-all formulas I rejected throughout my teaching career.
Just like children have their own unique learning styles, we too have unique ways of experiencing and responding to the world. I found myself asking questions like, “How does this business model serve ME?
Does it light me up?
Or does it leave me feeling a little skeptical? Chances are if I’m feeling a little skeptical, others are too.
It wasn’t until I got really brave and tucked away all of the business building books, formulas and plans and took a loving look at what I really wanted to be the next time I grew up, that my business began to flourish.
I took a sabbatical. No more business building programs.
I took a deep look at my callings. (Yes, there are many. It’s okay to be multi-passionate.)
I embraced the words: I am enough.
And I started working in my business rather than on it.