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March 30, 2015

The Meanest Person You'll Deal with in Business

Running your own business is all about self-motivation. It really is one of the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur. You have to be ready to endure the ups and downs and push through even when you don’t feel like it. I had the expectation when I started my first business that I was going to have to deal with all the “haters”, people cutting me down and telling me I couldn’t do it. The fact of the matter is, the very few haters I have come across have nothin’ on the beating I gave myself. The doubt, the fears, the constant questioning….I was the worst boss in the world. If I had to actually deal with a boss who filled my head with these things, I would have quit after day 1.

Sure there are some cruel people in the world who do want to cut you down just out of spite or jealousy, but the fact of the matter is, most people are just looking out for themselves or their business. They’re not there to tell you your product stinks or you’ll never make it. Whether it’s a customer or a shop owner, they’re making a decision based on their needs; do I like this enough to spend my money on it? Will this item sell in my store and make me money? Out of those decisions, rejection may come our way, but it’s our choice on how we take it.

Think of when you’re at the drugstore buying some new shampoo. You have a lot of options and you’re ultimately going to go with the one that fits your budget, your hair needs and your preferences. Just because you decide to go with one shampoo doesn’t mean you think the 50 others next to it are a horrible choice. Keep that in mind when you’re dealing with rejection in one form of another.

We would be silly if we didn’t do some self-reflection and improvement based on feedback, but we shouldn’t take it as a death sentence. Take it for what it is and keep moving forward.

Here’s are 10 Ways to be Kind to Yourself. Give them a try and watch how much easier life and business becomes :)

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