Today is officially the last day of 2015. Where did the time go? 2015, had to be, without a doubt, one of my most trying, frustrating, but growing years ever. From a business, career and personal standpoint, I’m nowhere near where I want to be in life. And sometimes, not being where we want to be blinds us from just how far we’ve come and the positive progress that we’ve made. With that in mind, as I look back on 2015, I can see that I have come a long way – in my business and personally. Here are 6 things I learned in 2015:
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Push Yourself:
I’ve pushed myself a lot in 2015; From learning new skills for my business to getting things done, even when I didn’t feel like doing them. I’m not going to say that everything has turned out great or the way that I had hoped, but one thing I can say for sure is that in learning to push myself, I’ve grown. A lot. And it’s made me a stronger and better person. And that makes it well worth it.
2. Go The Extra Mile:
One of the things I’ve learned in 2015 is to go the extra mile. A great example is with my pop up shop concept for my live vendor events. I first had the idea of making my vending space look like a boutique while I was vending this summer at Eastern Market. I wanted to give my customers a special experience; I wanted them to feel like they were shopping in an upscale boutique when they bought from me. Looking at the first concept and the most recent at my last vendor’s event, I’m so glad I went the extra mile to give my customers a special experience.
3. Never Settle:
There’s no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as our personal best. There have been times in my business that I’ve worked 12 + hour days and just felt like throwing in the towel because I was tired, like taking pictures for the website for what felt like the millionth time, and wanted to settle for good enough, but not great. In those times where I pushed myself, didn’t settle and went the extra mile, the results always turned out to be well worth the effort.
This was a big one for me. I haven’t mastered patience yet, but I’m learning. I dream of turning DSR Apparel into a multi-million dollar company. I’m only a year and a half into my journey, but sometimes I feel like I should already be half way there. So many times I read “business” magazines show casing multi million dollar businesses that seem to have shot up over night and ask myself, “Why aren’t you there yet? What are you doing wrong?” I use to get frustrated, but I’ve learned to be patient – most of the times, these stories are the exception and not the norm. It takes time to create something great, and I’m learning to be patient and not be in such a hurry.
From a business standpoint, I’ve faced a lot of challenges in 2015, and I expect to face more in 2016 and beyond. What I learned was to persevere; A lot of times, we want things to go perfectly, run smoothly and not to have to deal with adversity. But there’s a saying – smooth waters never made a skilled sailor. It’s by going through hard times and coming out on the other end that makes us stronger.
6. Just Appreciate The Journey:
Like I said earlier, I have grand dreams for DSR Apparel. But I don’t want to be so caught up looking ahead that I miss beautiful experiences on my journey. I’m learning to just enjoy the journey, right now, in the very moment.
Those are just 6 of the things I learned in 2015. What did 2015 teach you?