This is part 5 of 5 of my “Getting My Learn On” series. I’ll be focusing on lessons that you probably learned in kindergarten and how they can apply to your business practices today. Click the ‘Getting My Learn On’ link below the title to read the other 4 parts.
I, of course, saved this article for last.
If you ask anyone that really knows me, I hate vegetables. DESPISE them. There are just 5 vegetables that I tolerate. Green beans, peas, corn, lima beans & lettuce. That’s it, that’s the list. When my mother tried to prepare broccoli, she would have to drown it cheddar cheese and I still couldn’t make it go down.
Now that I’m in business for myself, I find myself tolerating more ‘vegetables.’ Those hard to eat, yet good for you type of things. You know what I’m talking about. The books, the seminars, the blog reading the podcast listening. All things we have to do to get better at our crafts. They are the epitome of a necessary evil. But if you can learn to tolerate them – they can go down a little smoother every time.
Then there are the other types of vegetables. The networking meetings, the cold-calls, the billboard signs and lead cultivating. These vegetables are equally nasty, but as mom always says – you can’t have your dessert unless you’ve cleaned your plate.
These are all things they neglect to tell you when you are filling out your applications to start your business. But they are crucial to success and are all things that can not be left out.
Without your vegetables, you’ll never grow as a business owner. You’ll be stuck inside your own little world while everyone around you is learning in this fast paced, technology and information driven business world.
So, from my mom to yours, eat your vegetables. Even if they taste awful.