For the past three years I’ve been the luckiest entrepreneur ever. I’ve met with, worked with and played with the best clients I could have asked for. From coffee roasters and philanthropic changemakers to social media disrupters. I have travelled around Ontario meeting exceptional people and supporting remarkable causes. I had no idea I could make a business run after being in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years; but, it worked!
Over the past several months I’ve been morphing my business into something much more sophisticated. It’s shifting from a solo operation to a partnership incorporated with two people who challenge me and make me better at what I do. These two people have inspired me so much that I’ve chosen to jump into a new team setting and live out my values in a bigger way.
The one thing about working alone is that you can do whatever you want. You can nap when you want, work hard when you want, choose who you want to work with. All of that is great, but I felt a bit lonely, got distracted regularly and was not my best self. With a team, my goal is to lean on my partners for strength when needed. There are certainly challenges that come with having other people working with you; however, I believe everything's better with a team.
The other realization I’ve had is that when you run a business alone, you have to be good at everything or pay someone else to help you where you’re weak. I had the pleasure of having the help of extraordinary people along the way but I have to say that I’m tired. Long days and weekends that are a blur are not a healthy way to achieve success. I am now being much more strategic and intentional about my time and will focus on what is right for me and my clients.
The next step is scary. Taking a leap when things are working is a risk. Being a single mom and taking a risk adds another element of fear but also makes me strong and determined to succeed. I’m excited about the next chapter in my business journey and can’t wait to continue supporting wonderful leaders who are changing the world.
Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.
Margaret J. Wheatley