Being a parent is the greatest experience that life has thrown at me so far, and since I try to learn from all of my experiences, I’ve compiled a list of five things being a dad has taught me about business.
1. It Takes A Team
You can’t do it alone. It doesn’t matter if you are parenting or founding a company, it just can’t be done on your own. You need help and you need trust, it could be a full business partner or a just a contract laborer that you hire to get something done (designer, babysitter, housekeeper); you need help and it’s ok to ask for it. I’ve been lucky because Mary and I have always been a great team, we compliment each other quite perfectly without being complete opposites; so in life, parenting, and in business I know I’ve got a great partner. With that said, even we still have to ask for help sometimes!
2. Not Everyone Has To Crawl Before They Walk
I’ve written before that my son is determined to walk, what I didn’t write about is that he is so determined to walk that he refuses to crawl. He is perfectly capable of crawling, but instead of crawling, he focuses all his energy on standing up and walking. Much like my son skipping a step, businesses can too. Barriers to entry for business are at an all-time low, it is literally easier than ever to start a business…if you don’t know how to do something you (yes YOU) can find someone who does with a simple search on elance or other sites like it. It seems like I read a new story every week about someone who had an idea for a website or an app, the made it, it spread like crazy, and now they are doing great! It really just comes down to coming up with something and throwing it up to see if it sticks.
3. I Don’t Need THAT Much Sleep
I have always tried to keep my priorities in line, and when things started to get to busy for me I cut out time suck (TV, Facebook, etc). But things stayed busy and between a blogging for Y&F, BubbyFinds (my new website), a full-time job, and being a dad and husband there is literally no time left in the day. So…I don’t get a lot of sleep. I’m fine with this because while others snooze, I get ahead, I work and sharpen my skills. And, ironically, having so much going on has made me more focused on everything…no matter what time of day/night it is.
4. You’re Always Going To Be Cleaning Up Shit
Yep. I realized this today while I was rinsing out cloth diapers in the toilet. It could be cleaning up a mess after someone does a terrible job on a project, running damage control after a failed product launch, picking up toys left all around the house, cleaning/changing a diaper, or picking up the dog doo; there will always be shit that needs to be cleaned up. Literally and figuratively; it’ll always be there. It’s a fact of life; and a powerful thing to ponder.
5. You Have To Have Passion
I have a passion for my family. My son could be kicking and screaming and all I would care about is trying to hold him and comfort him. He is my responsibility and I will do anything and everything in my power to keep him healthy and happy. Without passion I don’t know what I would do; I’d probably be wound up tight and I certainly wouldn’t be laughing as I spray shit out of a cloth diaper because I’m relating it to life. Passion is what makes people tick, passion tells you true priorities, and without passion it’s hard to put enough work towards something to have success.
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