As some of you may be aware, my last day of corporate work was on May 25, 2012. Since then, I’ve revamped my personal life, social activities included, and gone into unexpected philosophical thoughts of life. And of course, I’ve slowly pushed the business forward.
It’s only been a short while, but I’ve learned a great deal already. Since I like making short lists and I imagine it reads easier than long paragraphs, here goes my learnings:
- I have more pride than I thought. I dislike asking for help, but all the resources I’ve read tell me not to be the “lone wolf.” And so, I’m forcing myself to ask for help, because I know I can’t do it all.
- Network, network, network. I wish they taught us how to network in high school. That one course we had to take on how to buy a car or how to balance a checkbook? Add in networking, please.
- Perfectionism is my weakest spot. You know that interview question- “What’s your greatest weakness?” and everyone replies with “perfectionism,” because it’s not REALLY a weakness? I still believe it’s true for me. Sometimes, it becomes a perfect product (like, say, the hours I spent on my logo and business cards). Other times, it’s crippling (Friend: “What’s stopping you from launching?” Me: “Uh…”).
- Women & men in business? Completely different. In the simplest sense: women connect, suggest, bounce ideas off each other. Men plan & do.
- This. Is. Terrifying. ’nuff said.