A village to raise a business
In my ongoing fascination about how much help I receive in business, I decided I’d write a post about how it takes a village…to raise a business. Don’t you know it. A like minded Canadian entrepreneur named Jude beat me to the punch. Good for her.
While I may be a solo-preneur, I have involved family, friends (and some of their spouses!), mentors, advisors, coaches, consultants and even tango partners in my business. They are my village. I am even dedicating a page on my soon to be revamped web site called “About We”.
Asking for what I want
Long ago, my dad taught me to ask people for what I need. His teaching came in the form of him demonstrating it repeatedly in his own life. Good going, dad.
Even so, asking remains uncomfortable for me. And it’s possible that my requests are not always welcome. Nonetheless, I have seen time and time again how much opens up when I simply ask.
[Being vulnerable + uncomfortable= great things]
It’s counter-intuitive math, I know. I put those square brackets around the equation to make it look official. Did it work?
Gratitude for the village people
This week alone I am grateful to:
Last week it was:
These lists are not exhaustive and the only reason why last week’s list is shorter is because, well, it was last week already.
Clients are villagers too
Many of my coaching clients offer their support through word of mouth referrals, articles, ideas, and introductions. It’s inspiring to live among them.
A great place to grow up
In reality, my village is more like a small bustling city. Happily, the mini metropolis of human connections I have created is a safe and friendly place to raise my business. How about yours? Is it time to call a town hall meeting?