The Business Owner’s Manifesto


Owning your own business

Monday was my first day at my new job, working for my new boss, Me. This is a massively thrilling and massively scary undertaking, but I am feeling-the-fear-and-doing-it-anyway (or something like that).

So, first days always bring introductory exercises, yeah?

Like on the first day of a new year at school, when some overly enthusiastic teachers would make you establish the ‘rules of the classroom’. And you’d all have to come up with a list together (We will listen when other people speak. We will speak to each other with respect. We will not talk during silent reading time).

And then there are the grown up versions that happen in the workplace. At my last job, in the corporate world, we often had to do ‘team-building’ exercises or ‘getting to know you’ exercises that made us all roll our eyes and long for lunch time. (You know the ones!)

Well, my new boss decided to make me do an exercise on my first day (she’s crazy like that!). And can I say, it is way more fun when you do it by yourself, compared to when Mr Gilbert makes you do it in grade ten at school!

These are my own personal rules for running my business…

 

The Business Owner’s Manifesto

I will be kind to myself.
I will not get frustrated when things take longer than I expect. I know that I am on the right path, and that things will unfold when the Universe is ready.
I will not be lazy – I won’t sleep in, just because I’d rather; I won’t succumb to daytime television just because I don’t know where to start – I commit to getting started and showing up. Hour after hour, day after day. I will show up.
I will honour my energy.
I will push and hustle and pour myself into this growth.
And I will give myself a break when I need one.
I will bet on myself. I will give myself the benefit of the doubt.
I will refrain from comparing myself to others: that is a path of destruction, and I choose another road.
I will recognise that there is enough pie for everyone. Seriously. And I like pie.
I will make decisions. I will listen to my gut.
I will not beat myself up if I do things wrong.
I will always keep learning. I will be willing to try. I will figure it out.
I will strive to get things done, not get things perfect.
I will conduct my interactions with love and kindness.
I will honour my worth, and will not undervalue my self or my skills.
I will share my knowledge freely and empower others, because I know that in helping others, we become our best selves.
I will be grateful for this new thing that I am creating.
I will be kind to myself.

 

This is now adorning my wall and informing my decisions and my attitudes. Do you have any that I should add? xx

6 Responses to “The Business Owner’s Manifesto”

  1. Claire // This is Lifeblood

    Oh Jess, this is great. I too am embarking on the “working for myself” journey right now and how easily do the distractions roll in… The fridge, my bed and social media for sure. If you haven’t already tried using the Self Control App I highly recommend it! Awesome, awesome list – I might do up my own too! x

  2. Sophie | Spark Your Self

    What a great manifesto. Particularly love these two:

    ‘I will refrain from comparing myself to others: that is a path of destruction, and I choose another road.
    I will recognise that there is enough pie for everyone. Seriously. And I like pie.’

    Not just because I also like pie, but because sometimes I stress that there is just so much OUT THERE that there can’t possibly be room for another voice. But there is!

    And similar to the comparison statement, I always remind myself to never compare my inside to another person’s outside (or alternatively, don’t compare my behind-the-scenes to another person’s highlight reel!). x