I love writing about my business journey as it reminds me of where and when I started. When I consider my start-up route, I am also reminded of the need to ensure our mindsets are in the right gear to start and run successful businesses.
I shared this quote by Dolly Parton on my status update recently – “There is no rainbow without rain”.
That has now become my favourite quote. When we write our business plans, we expect most if not all conditions to be favourable. We expect sunshine every day and exclude ‘the element of risk’ which is an important factor in business engagement. Well, you can’t be more risk-adverse than I used to be. I carry an umbrella in my handbag 365 days a year just in case it might rain even when the temperature hits late 20s.
Well the truth is, the road to business success is never a straightforward one – like the British weather actually. As I write this blog, I reflect on how the weather has been quite unpredictable over the past few weeks. I went into a shop recently when it was sunny and came out in need of cover from the rain. Can’t seem to know how to dress the kids for school, should we have jumpers, coats or just t-shirts? A business works the same way, you might not get sunshine every day, but when you do it is so beautiful and rewarding.
My advice to anyone starting or running a business is ‘be prepared for all kinds of weather.’ To avoid frustration and despair, know that business does not flow in a straight line. There will be dips and curves, ups and downs, summer and winter. Just be sure you have got a good and viable business idea in your hands. The good news is, the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. Be conversant with your business seasons, maximise the summer months and store away for winter. It’ll make it much easier to deal with successes and failures and get through every time.
So get your umbrella and wellies out and be ready to dance in the rain. Don’t let adverse conditions deter you from enjoying your business journey.
I wish you good success.
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