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Welcome to October! Q4 is upon us and here at Delegate, the start of Fall equates to a heavy sales focus for me and my team to finish strong in 2014. In a business that has been built almost exclusively by word of mouth and referrals, having to become more intentional with our sales efforts makes me want to hide in a dark corner and eat LOTS of candy! I share this with you because like any boot-strapping entrepreneur- no matter how scary the task, I am committed to putting on a brave face and tapping my resources to figure it out as I go.
Welcome September! This month to me represents the start of all things awesome: FALL, back to school, football, pumpkin spice lattes, hayrides... It’s a cherished time of year. My son, Nathan started second grade this week and we are all glad to be back on a regular schedule! Check out his back to school pic on the left.
What is it exactly about growth that is both exhilarating and exhausting?
In my business I have dedicated the last two years of my life to its success, ensuring that the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. While I know that all of the changes we have made at DVBS were in the interest of growth, it was interesting to see the response from my peers, existing clients and potential clients. Even more interesting, was my response! Growing the business was definitely a calculated step outside of my comfort zone. It was like taking a very huge step into the unknown... which was difficult for a "planner" such as me!
Turns out.. growth is not so bad! I have been challenged in ways I never would have been, had I stayed in my comfy VA box. I have been forced to face the fact that greatness takes more than just hard work. I had to learn what my weaknesses were, and attack them by surrounding myself with an unfaltering team whose contributions are what have brought DVBS to the next level. I may be at the helm, but my team is manning the sails.
Growth is all about change, "survival of the fittest" at its best. Through the process of growing DVBS, I was able to identify what it is that entrepreneurs (like me) really need to make their businesses successful- aside from a great biz idea. These are the same things that I found I needed for my success. This journey has not only defined DVBS, it has defined what it is that we will offer our clients. Quality, commitment and all of the key team players needed to bring your business to the next level, as I have.
Here's to our mutual success!
CHARLES DUBOIS: The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
JOHN F. KENNEDY: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.