You know that feeling when you are about to start something big? Or that feeling when you are going to do something you have never done before? There is a level of excitement, fear, and sometimes regret. I can not tell you the number of times I have talked myself into and then out of starting my store. In the beginning, everything seems like it would be a dream. Then, you let your doubts set in and you talk yourself out if it again. Well, I finally followed my dream and I thought I would let you guys in on 5 things I have learned during this journey.
- It’s never going to be the right time. This was probably my biggest excuse when I was putting off starting the store. It’s easier to put something off then it is to start something scary. If I would have waited until it was the “right time,” I would never get around to starting the store. Besides, who really is to judge what the right time would be?
- You must follow your gut. This may seem obvious to some but it is something I have really had to learn. Everyone around you is going to have an opinion. If you have a great idea but no one else seems to agree, do it anyways. You ultimately are in charge of your own store and you have the clearest vision for it. So why would you let other people tell you what the vision should look like?
- It needs to mean something to you. Passion is a crazy thing. It can make you stay up all hours of the night to complete the final touches on something most people would think is silly. If your business doesn’t matter that much to you, it will show. Even something as simple as the name of the business needs to mean something to you. How can you promote something that doesn’t have your heart and soul in it? You can’t.
- You will never have everything figured out. This was a difficult lesson for me to learn. I am the person that has gotten straight A’s my entire life. I take school seriously and I am constantly trying to be the best student I can. So, when things would come up for the store that I didn’t know how to do, it was very discouraging. I wanted to have everything figured out before I even started but that just isn’t realistic. You can prepare and plan but ultimately, you will never be as ready as you are right now. There will always be more to learn and you can’t let that stop you.
- It is exactly what I need to be doing. I always knew that I wanted to work with clothes for my job. I never thought I would be doing what I am right now full time. I quit my day job and went all into this store. As I am doing this, I have never been more sure of anything. This is exactly what I need to be doing. It is challenging, exciting, and it fits me exactly.
I have learned so much more than these 5 things but these were some of the best things that I have learned. If you got anything out of this, I hope you know that you can do anything you set your mind to. Dreams are there for the taking, we just have to make the decision to do it.