We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. In the spirit of all of the wise and wonderful mothers out there, we’ve compiled a list of 5 key pieces of advice that your mom has surely given you over the years – and they can very well be applied to business! Here’s why we appreciate mom’s sound knowledge and carry it with us wherever we go!
“If all of your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you?”
While co-working and collaboration can lead to great innovation, they can also fuel fad following. Following the crowd can prevent a business owner from doing what’s best for their venture. Sometimes we want other people to make tricky decisions for us. But, in another classic mom-ism: What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right – for a business and in life.
“You’re spreading yourself too thin.”
Startup culture is one that praises the hardest workers and equates sleep with weakness. The reality, though, is that skimping on sleep impedes on your problem-solving abilities and creative capacity – two things that can seriously impact your bottom line. Remember that success in the long-term requires you to perform at your peak. And that means getting enough sleep.
“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…”
In communications to both customers and employees, it’s never wise to assume the message got across the first time or the second – or even the hundredth time. That’s why it’s important to stay in touch with prospects, develop a brand message, and spend time on every communication you develop. You never know which one will be the one that connects.
“Put on a coat. It’s cold out there.”
Today, maybe you don’t think you have the money to pay for better data encryption or an accountant, but the truth is that both are services business owners need. Paying for them may mean cutting back elsewhere – but skipping a necessity now can lead to huge problems down the road.
“Because I said so.”
A lot of business owners struggle to step into the role of leader or CEO, especially if their first hire is a friend or former coworker. But, in order to succeed long-term, entrepreneurs have to be willing to behave like the head of a business. That might mean disciplining an employee, delegating unpleasant work, or even making a decision just because it needs to be made.
Most of us didn’t realize it at the time, but our mothers were (and still are) full of helpful business hints. We may have rolled our eyes when they told us, “One day, you’ll thank me,” but now we know better.
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