We all make mistakes.  I like to think that if we’re not making mistakes, then we’re not learning.  And if we’re not learning, then we’re not growing.  But hey, that could just be the teacher in me.

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But when I think about my business through the years.  The ups and downs, the highs and lows, I realize that I’ve learned quite a bit.

So thinking back through all the mistakes, the stumbles and the life lessons you’ve experienced since you started your business, what’s one thing you wish you’d have learned earlier?

Here are some things I’ve come up with that I wish someone would have told me about earlier (in no particular order):

  • It’s totally worth the investment to work with a coach (VIP day, one-on-one or even in a group).
  • Imperfect action is always better than perfect inaction.
  • Having an accountability partner is a great way to stay focused and on task (and it’s great to have someone you can approach that totally gets where you’re coming from and has no judgement…and will kick your ass when you need it).
  • It’s important to have a group of people (some might call it a Mastermind Group) that you can turn to when you need to brainstorm, create something or even blow off a little steam.
  • Any movement is movement (see #2).
  • There’s a big difference between being busy and being productive.
  • There’s also a big difference between working ON your business and working IN your business.
  • Start building your list today, not once ______ happens (see #2 and #5).
  • Just because you’re a solopreneur does not mean you have to do everything yourself.
  • Know your strengths and your weaknesses and delegate those weaknesses.
  • It’s important to get very clear about creating the business you NEED for the life you WANT.

What do you wish you’d learned earlier in your business?  What advice could you share with someone new to running your own business.

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