The idea of growing your small business exponentially as fast as possible is exciting. But, in most cases, it’s also very, very difficult.
Especially if you don’t have the tools or resources to get you where you want to go.
Bet you think we just crashed and burned this article, right?
Well, that depends on how you look at it!
No, this is not a typical 10 Steps To 6-Figure Success Guide.
I’m not giving you a list of things to spend money on or fill up your schedule.
In fact, everything I talk about in this article is 100% free.
This article is about building a sturdy foundation for your business to grow on. One that withstands the unexpected. From high winds to seemingly never-ending pandemics to unflattering budget cuts.
It’s about the roots.
So, here’s the honest truth:
While I’m a big believer in business success, I'm not a fan of the typical route it takes to get there.
I don’t dream of hustling 24/7 and climbing my way up a rickety ladder to a reality that’s…to be real…exhausting at best.
That’s just not for me.
And if you’ve read this far, I’m guessing it’s probably not for you either.
Our WHY goes a lot deeper than deep-pocket goals, which means we have to root our marketing strategies in something deeper too.
Let’s camp there for a bit.
What is your business success rooted in?
In my eyes, business success is about having:
These are the things I always come back to at the end of the day. And I believe they are the life-changing "6-figure success tips” that will actually help businesses succeed in the long run.
And, if you notice, none of them has to cost a dime!
You can’t grow a successful business without first building a team that’s strong enough to uphold it.
That’s just fact.
But what makes a strong team?
A team with aligned values, purpose and passion is a force to be reckoned with!
This isn’t a popular opinion, especially in the corporate world. But I highly recommend prioritizing joy at your job.
As business owners, it’s easy for us to lose sight of the reasons we launched in the first place.
At the start, everything was exciting. Challenging. Scary. And thrilling!
But after running the business for a few years, things start to settle into a rhythm.
Never stop doing things that bring you joy in your business. Prioritize them. Make them a part of your daily or weekly routines.
Habits are what stabilize the rungs on your ladder to success.
They are the practical, steady, dependable staircase you can take to reach your goals!
Remember in my last article when I mentioned the groundbreaking truth? That habits actually outweigh goals in the business world?
In that article, I mentioned how I actually love goals. But it's the habits we build and implement that have the bigger impact.
Our daily attitude, routines and behaviours are what create that strong foundation for our company's growth - one rung at a time!
I love building lasting, meaningful relationships. In fact, it’s one of my favourite things about being a business owner!
The opportunity to connect with other businesses in Quinte and surrounding areas has made such a big difference in my life.
That’s why I started Shop Talk Quinte! A platform built for meaningful, intentional, authentic conversations with entrepreneurs and professionals alike!
(Pssst…if you haven’t guessed it, this is one way that I prioritize joy in my job!
To be honest with you, these conversations have taught me the real way to create a community in business.
They’ve taught me how to network with heart. And how to allow people to see the real me. And to be brave enough to share my genuine answers with them. Just as they are brave enough to share theirs with me.
Even though it’s uncomfortable (because it can be)!
This leads me to my next point…
We all have a comfort zone. And that’s not a bad thing!
Being confident and comfortable in what you do is so valuable. Especially in business!
But there’s also unique value in being simultaneously confident and UNcomfortable. Strength in knowing you have to do something and being willing to give it your best shot - regardless of the doubt creeping in.
As business owners, we’re given challenges like this almost daily.
Maybe it’s initiating a difficult but necessary conversation with another team member.
Or maybe it’s downloading TikTok and making your first video.
Whatever your UNcomfy is, I encourage you to embrace it! To get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
This is something I encourage my whole team to do.
To stay curious. To keep learning new things and pursuing excellence in their unique niche.
It doesn’t mean you have to go back to school or take expensive courses. But it does mean having a willing mind and a teachable spirit.
We have to learn how to be okay with losing.
Not everything we try is going to work. And sometimes, we just have to try a whole host of different things before something really sticks.
Whether that's a career choice, a campaign, a product design etc.
Instead of becoming discouraged, we can become empowered to keep going.
Because in the words of Thomas Edison,
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
And isn’t that what learning is all about?
As I mentioned above, I love having these intentional conversations. And I hope they are as impactful to you as they are to me.
Let's continue this discussion online!
- Josh & The OSM Team