This Girl is a #GIRLBOSS…
Using your intuition to make decisions in your small business means that you will always make the right decision. At times you are faced with a crossroads, and you will have to make a choice about which fork in the road to take. Usually your actions will naturally draw you one way before the other – it’s kind of like that game of spewing out your first choice that comes top of mind – like choosing Vanilla or Chocolate? And you instantly know which you would choose. It’s the same for following your intuition in your small business.
If you are an Oprah fan, you will know that she talks about listening to your inner voice. Sometimes it is super subtle, like a ‘whisper’ as she puts it. It can be something that we don’t always listen to but is like a little twinge that feels a little wrong or uncomfortable. I’ve talked before about listening to your gut – and I have always had fairly strong instincts. But I am also pragmatic and an over-thinker. So sometimes my gut tells me one thing, yet I like to see how things play out, and don’t always follow that internal gut feeling.
Two years ago, I decided that it was time to leave my Direct Sales business, after 6 successful years. I never thought that I would leave that organization, because I believed in it whole-heartedly, almost to cult-like-following-status. But then the last two years of my time there, my interests started to change. I became more interested in blogging, and my direct sales business became secondary – I no longer enjoyed booking parties, and therefore I started to lost interest in the business model.
I had to follow my gut.
It was time for me to be my own #GIRLBOSS.
As said in the book #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, you have to be willing to be your own advocate and carve out your niche in life because no one else is going to do it for you! Whether it is blogging or business or standing up for yourself against haters, if you know in your heart that you are a good at what you do and going forward with intent and purpose, then you are doing the right thing.
The most interesting part of that quote today is that Sophia Amoruso’s massively successful NastyGal brand, filed for bankruptcy last year.
And Sophia Amoruso has dusted herself off, and is continuing on with business, holding a who’s who of entrepreneurs #GirlBoss rally this past weekend.
The last few months before I left my Direct Sales business, I had many different life challenges which made it hard to continue forward. I had people who publicly bullied me, and made it known that they no longer wanted me in the business. I had someone attack my personal life, spewing lies and hate, but I still had to plow ahead with a vengeance and put on a brave face. Those final months weren’t easy, and making a life-changing decision at the same time was difficult.
But the best part of being kicked down is getting back up. And I got back up. I found that my Direct Sales business was an amazing learning ground – you can learn all aspects of owning a business without the risks. Marketing can be tricky, and with a direct sales business, all of the marketing pieces are already created for you to share. There are coaches and calendars and new products releases that you can implement without having to take the time to figure it out. It is an amazing way to teach you about business.
No one can take those tools or your experiences and memories away from you.
Jumping off the cliff is never an easy thing. Deciding to leave a successful business has it’s repercussions. At times I have felt regret – I miss my old posse of friends that I know I would see every 6 months at conferences. I miss the ease of not having to make as many decisions about how income will be generated.
Before you leave your Direct Sales business, you have to ask yourself some of the important questions of why you are doing it. But ultimately, you have to follow your gut.
The same question I kept asking myself is that if one of my daughter’s had some of the same reservations about continuing on in the business, then what would I advise them to do?
You need to create the life that you want and then be tenacious in going out there to get it. You will have failures, you may lose money and it may take a long while to get where you are going. Blogging and doing it for a side hustle has been one of the tougher gigs that I have take on in my life. There is not one simple way to make and generate income. The road meanders, and many things are out of your control.
But when nothing is sure, everything is possible.
You already know the answer. Your truth lies within your intuition.