When I was 11, my mum died from a brain tumour. Overnight I took on responsibility for my younger brother, and at the same time tried to support my dad. This was November of 1987, and on Christmas Day of that same year I made my first Christmas dinner. Let’s just say it was not a roaring success, but I know my mum would have been proud of my efforts.
My dad, understandably, was in a terrible place that year. Christmas dinner was the last thing on his mind. By the time he joined us I’d been keeping it warm for hours. None of that mattered. This was going to be an awful Christmas whatever happened, but I knew I had to do what I could – for my brother, who was 9 at the time, especially.
Since then, I’ve always taken responsibility.
Even those I allowed others to make for me.
And so, when I was around 20 and it fell to me to take over our family company – even though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing – I took responsibility.
Was a major learning curve.
Over the next 20 years I would come to understand so much about business, about life, about freedom and choice, and about what it truly means to create a life and business that you love (not just one you take responsibility for).
And as a mentor now to entrepreneurs who are building out and scaling up successful businesses to be sustainable in the longer term, I’m supporting them in the way I’d have wanted to be helped all those years ago.
If you’re building a business right now, one thing is clear to me: you’ve embarked on the most challenging personal development journey of your life.
Entrepreneurship turns a spotlight on all of our strengths and weaknesses, and after being in the game for a while we’re more realistic about what it takes to build a great business. Not only does that process take time: it also demands an incredible level of resilience.
Whatever the most pressing challenges are for you right now, you want to feel clear on your next steps, and know you’re making good, sound decisions. Decisions that feel intentional, strategic and, at the same time, are aligned with who you are and what you want deep down.
You’re bound to feel all the emotions as you navigate different seasons of your business/es’ evolution.
But remember this too:
As entrepreneurs we have more freedom than most to design our lives. We get to create all of it the way we want it.
My methodologies and process are designed to get to the heart of what really matters to you, so that you can make that a reality.
I love helping entrepreneurs build happy, fulfilling lives as much as I love seeing their businesses thrive. If that’s important to you too, and you resonate with my way of seeing the world, I invite you to get to know me better by sending me an email.