List of 51 lessons learnt from the first year of business of an entrepreneur here, mix of professional and personal, reflecting real life!
Being Smarter is a year old today. A year ago to the day, I sat at my desk with a blank canvas, a very small amount of money and a clock ticking. It’s been a fascinating journey – The 8.45 Club was born, I’ve met some great new people and learnt so much.
I wanted to share the (at least) 51 things I’ve learnt so that I can potentially help you as well as acknowledging the folks who’ve helped me…
Here’s an extract from the list (nos. 32 – 40 actually):
- Go out of your way to THANK people. It seems to be unusual these days.
- Losing hours or days because you can’t solve a problem is OK. Bodging it is not OK. Giving up is not OK either.
- Seek advice actively from people you trust (here’s one). Create an advisory board of people around you. You DON’T have all the answers.
- Understand when to let go and when to get an expert involved.
- Write your eulogy in bulletpoints. Then live your business and personal life like you want to be remembered. This isn’t as wierd as it sounds.
- When you finally take a holiday don’t let your daughter get chickenpox or you’ll need another holiday straight afterwards.
- Don’t get so caught up in your endeavours you forget birthdays. Use Moonpig.com.
- The software you want is already built. You may have to tweak it but for goodness sake don’t reinvent the wheel.
- Learn new stuff. All the time. Or what’s the point?
Very useful thing to do yourself, publicly or otherwise, especially at year end!