Why running your own business is like a personal development course

Why running your own business is like a personal development course

After 10 years of running my own business, and working with hundreds of women business owners, I think that running your own business is an intense personal development experience. Most often this is not what we expect when we crossover from our jobs into entrepreneurship. We are always learning from things that happen when running our own business and there may be times when we are caught in difficult situations, but once through them, we realize we won’t have to learn that lesson again! As Karen Silk, founder of Capital Staffing International Ltd, remembers in her very early days of her business; “I got caught within the first year of trading with a bad debt, which with hindsight, I was an innocent, when they were saying the check is in the post, when they were saying the finance director’s not here, we can’t get it signed, these were all things obviously with experience I would have realized they were all bad signs.  It taught me a very tough lesson, as I lost the money but I have never lost any money since.” Yet it’s not only the external experiences that encourage us to grow and learn new skills and approaches, but it is also how we operate internally that is challenged. Our confidence can be ambushed, as we now have to sell ourselves, walk into a room of strangers at networking events and muster the courage to do those things that we know we must if we are to grow our businesses. Even if we used to do all of this when we were working in our previous jobs,...
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