Very recently, I had a jarring experience with my business. I’d like to take some time to fully heal and process this experience before I share all of the details with you; however it wasn’t all bad. I learned, or rather, relearned a hard truth about this industry. I’d like to take a moment to share the lesson I learned from this experience with you all so you can learn and grow with me.
If you are someone starting a business or you’re someone looking to hire someone else for their service and skills, this one is for you. You must be a person whose sole objective is to see your clients succeed. There’s a caveat there, of doing this healthily. I say healthy because there are some entrepreneurs out there who struggle with boundaries and end up essentially becoming “yes women” to their clients. That’s not what I mean. You should want your clients to succeed; however, you should also respect your own boundaries because at the end of the day you are a team. You have created and worked on building a relationship with your client. They trust you and you trust them. It doesn’t mean best friends, but there should be mutual respect and certain professionalism that goes along with that relationship.
Coaching is not meant to be an icky, awkward, or uncomfortable transaction. It should feel good and you should strive to connect and empower your clients to reach their goals!
There are a few things I want you to remember.
1.Entrepreneurship makes you vulnerable in ways you could never imagine. This is something I didn’t realize when I began my journey. It takes a huge leap of faith to start your business and it can make you feel so exposed and vulnerable.
2. People giving you thousands of dollars to teach them something is SCARY! They are entrusting their hard-earned money to you in the hopes that you can help them make something out of their business. That level of trust is terrifying because you don’t want to let that person down.
3.The internet is filled with shady comment sections and mean DM’s. Do not fall prey to those mean comments and keep doing you and working hard. Your hard work and perseverance will always shine through. You need thick skin in this business. But you need to balance that with compassion and understanding to survive. You need a community that will support you. A network of people who understand exactly what you’re going through is so valuable as it can help you navigate these tricky situations.
If you feel like you are a service provider who is struggling to deliver on your service, or you’re an entrepreneur who just waits for something to happen, lets chat! I’m here for you and I would love to support you!