Being a parent has been one hell of a ride. I’ve learned a lot. And some of the biggest lessons I have learned come from my 2 year old, Adley. Today’s post is inspired by her crazy toddler antics. I hope this will help inspire those who are pursing the world of business.
1. Persistency and Consistency is Key
One thing that Adley does REALLY well is she is extremely persistent! She will ask to watch the same movie 1000 times (Moana anyone?) until I can’t take it and I just give in. I don’t give in every time, but odds are definitely in her favor if she persists enough. In business, this is absolutely KEY. I have seen the best success when I am extremely persistent and consistent in my goals. I mean think about it, if you approach 1000 different businesses you may get 999 “NOs” but you only need 1 “YES!” KEEP GOING!!!
2. Tell the world that you “POOPED”
I mean not literally. But Adley really enjoys letting us know that she pooped and this is a great success to her! We should do the same thing. Tell people about your successes so that they can support you and cheer you on. Don’t be ashamed of your goals. Even if you have tried 100 different businesses and this is the 101st business idea, stay strong and be confident in YOUR ideas. Who cares if people give you the side eye. They will likely do it anyway, so just do you with a smile on your face!
3. Go to “Time Out”
Adley still doesn’t quite understand “time-out” but she certainly understands when she is in trouble. There will come a time in your business where you will “eff up” and you may have to go to time-out for a minute. There was one time when I was just learning about Instagram and I posted someone else’s photo without their permission and they FLIPPED OUT! It was so bad that they threatened to sue me for copyright infringement! It all worked out in the end and I was not sued. But I learned a very important lesson. Learn from these lessons so you don’t end up in time-out again.
4. Be Yourself
One thing that Adley doesn’t really know how to do yet is be fake! I mean she may have crocodile tears sometimes, but her personality is intrinsically HER. She doesn’t know how to be anyone else. When I finally stopped caring what other people thought of me, things started to work out in my favor. I started to see some real SUCCESS and you will too. Trust me!
5. Be Leary of Strangers
Adley is not afraid to give the side eye to strangers. She will definitely let me know when she is uncomfortable. So I have learned from her that I need to be the same with my social media marketing efforts. I have noticed that as you becoming more popular on social media you will get approached by some sketchy “businesses.” One time, I decided to take a chance with this online marketing company to help take my business to the next level. Come to find out that they were just a scammer business and I had to report them to my bank for fraud! So just be careful. Not every paid gig is a good gig.
6. If Mommy Says No, Ask Daddy.
Don’t be afraid to go to multiple sources to get your needs met! There are millions of resources out there to help you. One is bound to be a great fit.
7. Show Off Your Dimples
Let’s face it… being cute can get you pretty far. Adley’s dynamite smile and dimples can pretty much convince me to do just about anything! Remember, if you are starting your own business, no matter what it is, YOU are the face of that business. People may come to you not because your product is the best in the business, but because your personality is the best in the business. You represent what you are selling. Make sure you look, dress, and act the part! Be yourself! People love authenticity. Do more of that.
8. Have a “Tantrum”
If you want to draw attention to yourself, let your toddler have a massive tantrum in the middle of Target! All eyes will be on YOU. Do the same with your business. Do something that will disrupt the norm. People will notice you right away!
Did this list of toddlerisms inspire you to take your business to the next level? I hope so. Let me know what your business is in the comments. Chat soon sugar plums!