The hard parts about running a business or launching a startup aren’t just decisions to be made or tasks to be done.
It’s the emotional rollercoaster part. The highs are really high and the lows…well, I don’t even have space to get into how shitty those feel.
I’ve learned that being a great CEO isn’t about having the right tactics, knowing the correct answer all the time, or showing people how smart you are. You can know how to do it all, but if you don’t have a mindset of growth, grittiness, and acceptance, your best-laid plans will be DOA every time.
Before I started my business, I sure didn’t realize how much work on myself I’d need to do alongside working on my business. It didn’t mean I was broken, stupid, or wrong—I just needed to sharpen some skills and acknowledge where I needed more help. Doing that was a lot easier than resisting change just to prove I was already ‘good enough.’
I’m not perfect and I don’t aim to be, but I’ve learned stuff about managing myself that have helped me show up better for my business. Here are a few things I’ve done so that my business grows and I thrive, too.