The change of seasons can assist in showing us how to expand our companies.
As a college student at a university, I often dreamed of becoming a full-time business owner.
After I had completed my assignments each night, I would look up business inspirations and brainstorm names for my new company.
As with many aspiring entrepreneurs, I was awestruck by the notion of entrepreneurship. Growing up, I took part in bake sales for charity and other events for the cause.
It was easy for my youthful mind and an experience I loved. I was awed by the interaction with clients and promote the product. It was easy for me.
However, when I finished university and began my own business, it was a challenge, mainly because my business grew.
If I had to compare my journey in business to seasons and seasons changes, I would say that my first phase would be winter. I was faced with many challenges and found running a business much more challenging than I had imagined it would be.
I put in long hours of managing it each day and eventually learned essential lessons, such as the importance of delegating work and ensuring I could relax properly.
Many of us across the world are enjoying the warmer temperatures – and I relish the change of my business into spring. I reflect on the crucial lessons this season has to teach future entrepreneurs.
The tough times help us grow stronger.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it had were not for the obstacles that I had to face in my business.
We aren’t aware that when we celebrate entrepreneurs who have succeeded, the hardships they’ve had to endure to get to the point they are at today.
We are all susceptible to the moments of weakness, break-points, challenges, and breaking points that could put our businesses at risk.
An entrepreneur friend who was successful once shared with me how the obstacles she encountered prepared her for the next stage of her venture that demanded a new degree of strength she didn’t have previously.
The harsh winter months prepare us for spring’s arrival. The best thing about every winter season is that they are only temporary and, just like clockwork, spring is always here.
Live in the present
There was a time in my professional life when I put enormous time and effort into my work that I had not made any time for me and my family, friends, or colleagues.
My work was the priority and the last. The laptop became my traveling friend, and during a vacation with my cousin, as I was working at the beach, she grabbed me and pointed out my unhealthy work habits.
The great thing about working is the fact that it never ceases. A phrase in Arabic reads: “Life ends, but work doesn’t.”
Take the time to enjoy the present moment. It’s all short-lived, just like spring. So try to make the most of each moment.
Although I am passionate about my job, I realize there’s more to life. Make time for things that you love. However difficult it may be, you must find a way to achieve the right balance between work and personal life.
The result is what you sow.
In business, you reap what you plant. If you invest 10 percent into your company, you will get 10 percent.
It’s not necessary to be enslaved. However, you must be smart. It is possible to do less work if you’ve put your money into the proper collaboration, partnership, and the best product to allow you to reap the profits you’re hoping for.
The season of spring is blossom and growth. It shows us that regardless of the length of winter-spring will always arrive.
When it does, we must learn to be present and think about the lessons that winter has given us and then apply the lessons learned to prepare for the coming seasons.