When I quit my day job, I was ready to learn as much as I could about owning, marketing, and growing a business. What I didn't know, was that in turn, I was going to learn about myself.
The last month has been really amazing. Meeting so many new faces at two Renegade shows, participating in Etsy's Quit Your Day Job series, launching new products...it all has made me feel incredibly happy, and incredibly lucky. Maybe it's because of all of this that I feel like I have grown a lot in the passed few months. Not just within my business, but in myself.
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I've learned how much owning a business requires you to put yourself out there. In order to pursue growth you have to really open yourself up to possible scrutiny. New ideas that you put a lot of time and thought into can fail. It's giving me a thicker skin. I'm opening myself up to the possibility of failure.
A few weeks ago I hosted an Instagram giveaway to share my new product launch. I was really nervous that no one would want to enter. Don't we all have this fear? Don't all small business owners put themselves out there when it comes to launching new products? Isn't there the doubt, way in the back of our minds, of "what if no one likes this?"
We all feel this. Vulnerability.
I have always been shy. I have always been quiet. Scared to speak up in a room of people I don't know well, for fear I will say something they think it weird or dumb. Maybe it's lack of confidence.
This business is helping me gain that confidence. It's helping me learn who I am. That is something I never expected. I feel like I know more about who I am now, than I did a year ago. And that is thanks to this new journey I am on. It is a constant test but it's because of this that I continue to learn from it. It's making me a more confident person. It's showing me who I am and who I want to become, and where I want this business to take me.