I consider myself a life long learner. I know that my work in process has taught me a lot. I actually started a company with the goal to solve problems while learning the most that I possibly could in the shortest amount of time. I’ve documented a lot of the journey but have a lot of work in front of me.
As I reflect on the things that have helped my success I hope to discuss them here and to add some value potentially for anyone that has ever started up a company or that might be considering making a leap into owning a business. While a lot of the references I might use pertain to fashion and e-commerce, I feel that the experiences are universal.
1. Patience. Patience could be the most underrated thing I’ve learned in the last 100 days. It’s not glamorous. It is quite illusive and it takes a lot of work to get better. In fact, it’s so obvious. Everyone should know that they need patience right? It is not what you want to hear. It’s only true.
Patience takes knowing that all outcomes are better than the alternative. If you are doing what you want to be doing then you can be thankful and stay patient. If you are not doing what you want to be doing but you are getting closer to it each day then you have something to be thankful. This mindset shift takes time and effort.
I won’t say I underestimated patience but I have found a deeper level of respect for it. I think the tough part about it is that urgency and speed still have to be apart of the business plan. So how does one stay patient under these conditions? It’s art and science in my opinion.
At the end of the day there are enough things out of my hands and influence that I can’t control. Why worry about them? The best thing that can get done is to put yourself in a position to be successful. I learned this starts with patience.
2. More Patience. The next level of patience is the fact that even if you are a patient business owner you still have people that will want things to happen faster. Inevitably, there will be advice and ideas that come your way that may be advanced and even years ahead of where you really are. This is okay. I learned that starting companies and making progress is about having a short-term vision and a long-term vision.
I think it is good to know what you want to happen. It is good for helping you make decisions that will help you achieve what you want. I learned that making a plan should be a step that takes a lot of thought and care but at a point usually at the 40 hour-50 hour mark, it is time to be practical and act. It is easier to talk about things you want to happen and I’m all for speaking things into existence.
I think that the major step to patience and helping people around you stay patient is by taking action. Personally, I believe that action puts me in a state that allows me to perform and to get the job done. This also allows me to stay patient, something that I believe rubs off on people around me. I’m much more calm today than I was even 30 days ago about certain topics that previously I would have been paying attention to (not necessarily productive attention).
3. Work Ethic. I think work ethic is always something that I had but it has become more powerful to actually see it in an entrepreneurial world. I am proud of the growth hacking skills I acquired over the last 90 days. Again, there is nothing glamorous here, just working practicality in a digital world. What I’m offering customers is very practical. No matter what language or new medium I use to get new people to learn more about Earth Bags and related services, I still owe the results to my work ethic and not being afraid to hear “no”.
I am always interested to see reactions to how people imagine that things work today. I could be wrong but I just don’t think there is one event or even several events that drive the outcome for myself or most entrepreneurs. Instead it is the diligent work that goes in day in and day out. Not to be confused with overnight success, this practical application demonstrates what makes the “overnight, overnight and overnight again” success.
In conclusion, I wanted to take some time to document what my learnings and key findings in the first 100 days on the job have been. I’m loving it and can’t wait for the next 100 days. If you want to follow the journey and join the community, keep up with our work and tap here.