Many people assume that to be successful in business, one must be strong and unyielding…firm and all-knowing. For a long time I felt like I needed to know everything before confidently speaking my mind about anything (especially anything related to business growth).
But contrary to my previous beliefs, I’m now realizing that there is strength in un-knowing and great power in being vulnerable.
SO much of what we do as entrepreneurs is dependent upon consistently taking risks and persistently moving ahead (even if our risks don’t immediately pay off).
This past week I had the pleasure of doing a VIP Consulting Day with a fellow business owner in Portland. By all accounts she is a “successful” business owner and she has been for many years.
But – she works too much and she is constantly turning away clients because she has to do everything herself. She has successfully blocked herself from further growth because up until she hired me, “growth” meant more work for her. And because she was already up to her eyeballs in work, “growth” wasn’t top of mind or high on her priority list.
She hired me to help her come up with a 6 month plan for the on-boarding of her first employee (because unfortunately, it’s not as simple as finding someone and gifting them a job…). This plan included examples and templates GALORE to help her cover her legal bases and create a sustainable career path for her future employees to help prevent burnout and create a healthy culture of growth.
And yet…hiring an employee is still scary (no matter what we do to “prepare”). The truth is that there will always be a certain amount of risk and a certain sense of vulnerability that comes with the territory.
Here is a list of crap that could go wrong once she hires this employee:
- Said employee could lap up months of paid training and then leave her…
- Said employee could get acquainted with her best clients and take them with her when she left to start her own company…
- Said employee could embezzle thousands of dollars in equipment and run away to Mexico…(ok, that one seems SUPER dramatic, but not out of the question.)
And if you think none of this stuff happens, just read my post about how I’ve been screwed by a few employees since opening my brick and mortar. So of all people, I TOTALLY feel for her and understand her worries. And she is right, she IS vulnerable and she IS assuming risks that she isn’t accustomed to.
However (and thank God there is a “however”), these risks are worth it (even I can attest to this despite the crap I’ve encountered)…and in the end, being vulnerable is the only thing that will allow her to grow. As Anais Nin so eloquently penned,
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
Don’t ponder too long…growth awaits!