When you start a business, there is a mile long list of things to do. It feels like it is never ending honestly! Thinking back to when you did start your business, how did you tackle those tasks that needed to be done? You just started DOING. Most businesses start by people just doing with trial and error. We learn along the way, knowing what it is we want and don’t want. You take little pieces of each experience and build it into what your business is today. Looking back do you think you would have learned so much and accomplished so much without an open mind? I often get asked how I got started with the blog or what did I do that was so successful? Most of the time I tell people just lots of hard work and while that is true it didn’t feel like a complete answer. This morning while I was reading an article, the author was talking about working like you have no idea what you are doing. At first I was a little puzzled by that but the more I started reading the more it really set a light bulb off in my head. The times when I am at my best and watch my business grow the most, is when I work like I don’t know what I am doing. Working completely open and willing for any opportunity. Being willing to take risks and make mistakes. Most people, as their business grows and they learn, their ego get in the way of their success. Working humble and staying true to yourself is the best thing you can do for your business. The moment you get too greedy or let your ego get in the way, your business will suffer. Here are some tips on working with an open mind:
1. Weight Your Options
This is pretty simple and straight forward. When you get an opportunity look at it from all angles. What are the pros and cons to your business and the future of your business. Somethings might seem like they are “beneath” your business or your position in business at that moment but could give you more open doors later on. Jot down a pros and cons list, as being able to visualize things are extremely helpful.
Explore every avenue of your business. Write out a business plan and then review what areas you are leaving open. Most of the time we get so narrow minded in our journey for success that we forget some areas for opportunities. Think outside of the box and never be afraid to try something new, even if it is the “unpopular” choice.
3. Be Grateful
Being grateful for your business will only increase your future success. Business opportunities are never a given and the more we learn to appreciate that as such, the more grateful you become. Displaying that attitude in your business dealings will give your business a positive light and leaving more businesses wanting to work with you. Positive energy is a beautiful and magnetic trait.