By Adrienne Adams
As a business coach, I enjoy helping women sketch out the reality of a vision that is only visible to their mind’s eye. I positively beam when a pupil finally learns to condense their fifteen minute elevator speech into a succinct few words that really catch people’s attention.
At our monthly teas, the energy is always nothing short of amazing. Eyes light up with child-like excitement as ladies master a new skill and realize that they can accomplish much more than they originally thought possible. I realized that I haven’t had this much fun and felt this free since I was a kid.
It takes a certain amount of creativity, grit, and resillience to be a successful entrepreneur. All of which are traits that are in good supply when we are children but seem to wear away a little with each passing year. Read on to learn how being a kid again can help you live the life of your dreams.
Don’t take “no” for an answer.
My middle child is absolutely relentless when it comes to asking for what she wants.She has been known to ask the same question day after day until I give in, if only because I want her to leave me alone. Very early in her life, she learned to stop asking questions where I could even give her ‘no’ for an answer. She doesn’t ask if we can go to the store and get candy. Rather, she asks when we can go to the store and get candy. I often find myself saying ‘tomorrow after school.’ Then she skips away happily. She’s learned that a dream deferred isn’t a dream denied.
I wouldn’t recommend hounding the same potential client day after day, but keep moving through your list until someone tells you “yes.” And, when making sales calls, ask when would be a good time to do your presentation, not if you can do it.
Get back up.
Sometimes it seems like we’ve forgotten how many times we fell as babies before we could actually stand and walk for any length of time. I picture my youngest son lying on his back, waving his arms and legs like a turtle before he finally managed to roll over and position himself on all fours to get up and try again.
Missteps are inevitable. Just get back up and do it a little better than the last time.
My teenaged son and tween daughter can drive me nuts with all of their giggling and laughing about next to nothing. Everything is hilarious to them. But often, their chuckles are contagious and I momentarily put aside the issue at hand and indulge in a good laugh.
Sometimes we take things too seriously. Lighten up. As my sister and editor-in-chief, Bridgette, often says after we’ve had a particularly rough day, “The sun is still going to rise in the morning.” There’s no need to brood or nurse a grudge. Remedy the situation and move on.