It’s not just me, is it? I seem to be told on a regular basis how like my mother I am, or am becoming – both in looks, personality and in my style of work. Part of me cringes when I’m reminded of these similarities, but part of me is immensely proud. I’ve always admired my mother for her energy, the way she works and how much respect people have for her as a result. I will be lucky if I turn into her. A lot of her advice is covered in the post below, from amp and pivot’s Jules Taggart but my absolute favourite is not on Jules’ list.
Her top tip covers every aspect of life – family, work, play – “Enjoy life, it’s not a rehearsal”. And boy does she live up to it! I think this is so true, we only get to do this once so we should be giving it our best shot and having as much fun as we can along the way!
What was your mother’s top advice to you? Was she right, do you think? And how has it helped/hindered you in your life and your business?
You’re turning into your mother (and it’s good for business)
Remember all of those times you swore you’d never turn into your mother? Well, despite your best intentions, it happens to everyone eventually. I’m right there with you. I get more like my mother every day.
The women who raised us have a huge influence in both our lives and our work. And all of that sage advice they’ve been spouting since we were kids actually comes in pretty handy now that we are entrepreneurs.
I feel pretty lucky. My mom, Barb, is a brilliant, hard-working and loving woman. And she’s a pro at busting out annoyingly accurate mom-isms at the perfect moment (how do moms know EXACTLY when to do this?).
As much as these sayings make me want to roll my eyes, I’ve got to admit that she’s usually right. Here are a few pieces of mom advice that we can also apply to business:
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Your words have power. They can help your best customers get to know you, like you and trust you…or not. Sometimes silence actually says everything you need to say.
Someday your face is going to freeze like that.
Mom was right about this one. When you do the same thing over and over again, it tends to stick. Since well-practiced habits are hard to change, be sure you’re creating routines in your business that work for the long term.
Life isn’t fair. Get over it.
Ding ding ding! Mom nails it again. You could have the best solution, the most attractive pricing, AND the most experience…but sometimes your clients are still going to choose one of your competitors. The faster you move on, the faster you’ll grow.
Don’t make me pull this car over.
This one is pretty straightforward — set clear boundaries and know your limits. This goes for all business relationships including clients, collaboration partners, and people you connect with in online networking groups.
They’re just jealous.
Mom’s advice for dealing with mean girls back when you were in school is a good reminder as you grow your online empire. This is the age of the inter-webs, friends. People can (and will) say pretty much anything they want about you. The best thing you can do is keep on giving them a million-and-one reasons to be jealous. * wink *
This too shall pass.
Remember the time your website went down in the middle of a new product launch? Or that time your entire business crashed and burned in less than a year? This is a hard one to accept, but embarrassment is temporary. Failure never feels good, but just give it time and no one will even remember it happened.