I sat at my desk last week a different person to the one I was just a few months ago. Butterflies fluttered around in my stomach and felt like I was tiptoeing on clouds ready to leap off a cliff at the same time.
KK and I have successfully started our own small business. We are officially entrepreneurs!
No one around me noticed the change
(or perhaps panic in my face). People are busy and there’s very little time nowadays for anyone to stop and check-in on one another. It’s a pity because I’m not the only one standing at the edge of that cliff.
As I gazed around the desks, it dawned on me that I would not be where I am today had it not been for many of my colleagues. Their support, friendship and lessons over the years has grown me into the person I am today.
Pulling this off would also not have been possible without all the skills I had picked up during my 15 years of service at Standard Bank.
- I’ve learnt the power of networking. Of relationship-building.
- I understand the brand and how important it is to be true to what it is I’m selling.
- I know how to assess the market & be aware of my competitors.
- I’ve picked up key skills such as negotiation and buy-in.
- I guess what excites me the most is the social media and engagement with potential customers.
- I’ve also been taught that while the good times come, so do the bad and that it’s only by putting hard work into something that you see success.
- Most of all, I’ve learnt patience. Things happen when the time is right.
The view from the 4th floor of my office. Development is happening all around me.
As the bank grows, so do I. The courses I go on, the people I interact with. All of it adds to moulding me into a cleverer thinker, to be more strategic and constantly have a business-like mindset to every decision I make.
The more I grow at work, the more my business benefits. And because I’m eager to make a success out of both, the more effort I put in.
It’s a win win situation.
Our patio door stands open for most of the evening while we watch TV. The aircon in the bedroom cools us down while we sleep. The evenings are still light by 7pm. I’m smug that Summer is holding on for this long because I know what’s coming.
I’ve got the SADs. Seasonal Affective Disorder. I can feel the seasons changing. There’s that ‘something’ in the air. The glow of the sun is different. The freshness in the morning is crisper. And then these kinds of images have started popping up on my social media timelines…
The signs are everywhere. Autumn is sneaking in on us and yes, Winter is coming. I’m not ready. Are you?
I’ve had a few regretful moments lately.
It started on Friday when I had to fork out R7k for two new tyres for my car. Why? Because apparently if you have a puncture you shouldn’t drive on run flats for more than a week. I regret not getting my tyre fixed sooner.
I spent Saturday afternoon with my sister and niece. Gosh but she’s growing up so quickly! We laughed and chatted and shared a bowl of chips with our quesadillas at Tasha’s. I regret not spending more time with her. She left me with the most beautiful bunch of flowers.
After an entire week of rain, I lay on the couch on Sunday staring out into the drenched garden. Summer is gone. Winter is on its way. I regret not spending more lazy afternoons next to the pool enjoying the rays of the sun.
I continue to struggle with plantar fasciitis. Desperate to run and knowing I’m missing out on key road races, I regret not running more often during the last months of 2016. You can never make up that training time, it’s gone.
I sometimes sit back and wonder how these things happen. Am I aware of it? Or does it catch me off guard? Can I make it up or fix things. Sure! But the feeling is pretty crappy in the moment. I suppose there’s no point in regretting but rather focus on what matters now! Learn from mistakes and move on!
Two of my favourite bloggers shared their “word” for 2017 here and here. Even if you’re not into making a list of New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to have goals or an idea of where you’re headed for the year. So seeing their two bold words got me thinking…
If 2016 showed the world anything, it was to expect the unexpected. Be ready for change because, as the cheesy saying goes, the only constant is change.
Technology, environmental trends and even politics are all changing the way we do things and how we live our lives. We have become a society constantly dependent on the ‘next big thing’ and we have limited patience waiting for what that is. I suspect it’s only going to get worse and unless you know how to deal the changes coming at you, it’ll be another stressful year like 2016 was.
The ability to be able to adapt to these changes is what I see as survival. Be it at home, at work and within myself. It requires learning new skills in lightning fast time. It means not stagnating at work. Being relevant is key and allows for constant re-inventing of who I am.
That’s pretty exciting. You can be anything you want and do almost anything you set your sights on in 2017! Expect the unexpected! Be prepared to change! And if you do, the world is your oyster (gosh, stop with the cheese Bron!).
It’s got me thinking… maybe I should study this year. Nothing too serious, but I’ve been itching to do a writing course. Yup, that’s it. I’ve decided and now super excited!
How about you? What’s the first thing that springs to mind? Or if it’s not a thought or quote, what’s your word for 2017?