Bye Bye Nancy
Fifteen years in the Fitness arena, an Economics degree, becoming a mum and still some say you’ll never make it! Here’s my tips to breaking down the negative Nancy’s and GOING FOR IT!
- Be wary of where you seek advice:
Currently there is a lot of noise and money being made from the start-up, business and “coaching” space!
I once attended a “marketing seminar” that was marketed towards “entrepreneurs” by a very prominent company, the workshop was sold to help entrepreneurs with their marketing direction. The owner of the said company had recruited a gentleman to conduct the workshop who had NEVER run their own business! This meant they had never risked their own finances or time and offered solutions that were from a corporate perspective, leaving 10 small business owners VERY confused.
Marketing direction and plans should be tailored to your business, as should business solutions! Anyone that offers a one-stop solution should be side stepped. The best piece of business advice I can give you is to try with calculated risk!
- Find a resilience mantra
If you don’t like rollercoaster rides don’t become a business owner!
You will have huge highs and within an hour it could all come crashing down, it’s how you handle each and know “this too shall pass”! My first ever experience in outsourcing social media resulted in the “expert” ripping me $10K and ending up on fraud charges!
I’ve often had people comment “if I was you I would have given up already! Resilience and grit are the top 2 qualities a business owner can exhibit!
GRIT by Angela Duckworth is worth a read, it is hard work and determination that trumps natural talent every time! Effort these days is underrated as we live in a world of instant gratification!
Also find a resilience mantra, mine is “we are all going to end up in that wooden box”, it helps me remove ego, fear and enables me to be resilient in times of adversity and stress!
Find yours and write it somewhere you can see it regularly!
- Set your tribe
Starting a business, a radio show, a new venture or hearing about others activates every bit of my sympathetic nervous system! My eyes light up, my ears open subjectively, and I can turn into verbal lunatic! This also happens when I chat health & fitness. I never have to excuse this and never want to and neither does my tribe!
Holland was one of the first countries to introduce voluntary after school programs based upon sport, music or art, they observed a reduced rate of alcohol and drug abuse in adolescents of up to 50%!
The vibe had attracted their tribe, greater engagement with the people they had more things in common and therefor more peer support and less need for external stimulants! Find your vibe and grow your tribe!
- Education is in many forms
As an educator of fitness, both practical and theory subject matter I made it my mission that information would be presented in a way that could be understood by any learning style (visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic).
I studied Economics at university and remember the horrific 3 hours sitting in a lecture hall with 600 first year ECON101 students at Macquarie University, dictated to by a university professor.
I may have well been in a class in Shanghai! The information was foreign and as a visual learner the only bits I understood where the graphs! Going back to point 2, GRIT pushed me to study harder, understand the content, pass the tedious exams and was offered to undertake an Honours year in the end (for which I declined)! Make it your mission to learn in a way that will be best understood as the landscape has changed e.g. podcasts, YouTube
Just keep learning!
Knowledge is only power if it is understood!
- Don’t become dumb
I once saw this excellent infographic, a person looking at their phone and had half their brain removed! Let’s call that persona Donald, don’t be like Donald!
Question everything, curiosity didn’t kill the cat…probably cat food that wasn’t organic, gluten and lactose free and wasn’t tested on animals killed the cat BUT NOT curiosity!
Becoming a mum has been one of my proudest accomplishments (along with not leaving my hubby every month lol), and if you ever want to know where curiosity gets you watch a child. Watch how their eyes light up when they can butter their own bread (albeit a very messy kitchen), answer their own questions and the first time they realise your actual name is not Mummy!
Having a mother as a librarian meant we read everything, and that meant we could live in 2 places at once! I am now the queen of skim reading, Blinkist is the best APP on the market for condensing non-fiction books into 7 or 8 pages of the most important parts, gold!
So, don’t be dumbed down by social media or media in general, query as much as you can and understand filters!