What lessons did you learn in the early years?
Well, other than the balancing act I talked about in my previous post, I’ve learned two other things worth mentioning:
First, I would hire competent people earlier in the process. Early on, Vonna and I did everything—writer and designer, bookkeeper and auditor, event planner and order fulfillment, president and janitor. We carried all the responsibilities, and we simply weren’t competent in all those areas. We did our best, and we did OK, but we could have saved ourselves a lot of heartache and hardship if we would have brought on a few experienced people a little bit earlier.
That said, the second lesson I’ve learned is to always trust your heart.
These two sometimes cause problems, because more than once, I’ve had experienced professionals advise me to do certain things that just didn’t feel right. Sometimes I listened to my heart; other times I caved and listened to the experts, and I almost always regretted that.
If you’ve started a business, you know what I mean about it being your heart and soul, second only to your loved ones. I’ve always wanted to learn from others and glean from their expertise, but I have learned that no one understands your dream and vision like you do. So I’ve learned to listen with an open mind and make decisions with my own heart.