I am in my ninth year of business. Not as long as some but longer than others. It would be fair to say sometimes it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some really high highs and really low lows. Some would say, ‘that is business’. Maybe so.
There have been a few times I have thought about giving it away. I didn’t quite fit in and wasn’t being accepted. I started to fade into the background. Became quiet when normally I would have spoken up. I wasn’t grabbing opportunities but rather waiting for ‘opportunities’ to come to me. That is not very strategic or smart.
If you have been following my social media recently, the majority of what I have been posting has related to change. I am experiencing a lot of change both personally and professionally.
Professionally, I have added another element to my business which will be announced soon. I’m also embracing technology. It is embarrassing to say but I have allowed myself to be a little ‘shy’ when it comes to technology. I also don’t share a lot of who I am. I am basically a private person. This is quite a contradiction to what I have recommended to numerous leaders over the years, that they must share some of who they are with their teams. Yet I wasn’t doing it either which made it very difficult for people to know who I am and where I have come from.
It took a recent conversation with someone close to me who suggested that any big company would love to have me as an employee. The words in my head were, ‘but this is what I want to do’, i.e. not be somebody’s employee.
The journey to starting my business began over 20 years ago when I asked one of my mentors what I needed to do to be him. Eight years of studying for my degree part time whilst working full time. Fifteen years of working in organisations in the areas I love – leadership, teams, change and strategy. Lots of long hours, lots of challenges, sometimes tears and lots of learnings. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’
– Winston Churchill