4 Laws of Growth for the Ambitious Female Entrepreneur
Embrace the 4 Laws of Growth
The laws of growth are pretty simple, but when you see them in action it's a little awe-inspiring.
The Laws are:
1) Some things grow slowly.
2) A few things grow quickly.
3) Inevitably things die.
4) Replanting is your chance to start over.
I inherited a lot of plants from my Mom when she died in 2016. Pretty scary actually because she could make a rock grow, and my typical results for house plants weren't that great. And, true to form (at least then) one of the little plants she gave me died.
However, the others have flourished and I've gained a lot of confidence in my growing skills. So much so, that I have ventured out to try my hand at growing some new plants from seeds that came in my produce: avocados, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers. I also planted the crown of a pineapple, because I once had a bromeliad from Kroger's that was beautiful - until I killed it. Additionally, I adopted a type of maternity plant from my daughter-in-love and it actually thrives.
This is what I learned from my expedition...
[Some Things Grow Slowly]
I admit it...I don't always follow the rules. So, when I planted the pineapple crown - I did everything wrong. For the last six months< I've let it set in it's little pot - not visibly growing and not visibly dead. I decided it might be time to start all over, but decided to wait another few weeks. Lo and behold! There, growing right next to the crown is a baby pineapple plant! I whooped and shouted and called Richard over to see. Miraculous!
In your business, the laws of growth declare that some things take a lot of patience and care. The growth that's going on underground is the most powerful kind. Don't give up on yourself. Every bit of time you are waiting is making you stronger.
[Some Things Grow Quickly]
The Maternity Plant I adopted has a life of its own. Literally. Little baby plants fall off of the leaves like crazy, so all around the bottom of the original plant are tons of little guys. And interestingly, this plant grows like crazy. From a nearly dead refugee, to the tallest plant in my indoor garden.
In your business, you'll love the laws of growth which demand that some of your activities will result in exponential growth with little attention by you.
[Some Things Inevitably Die]
Just like the plant I brought home from my Mom's, sometimes the growth we hope for just doesn't happen. And, I experienced this again with my first batch of tomato seeds. I'd seen on Facebook (so it must be true, right) that I could slice pieces of tomato and put them under the dirt and they would grow plants. Well, I didn't wait quite as long as the pineapple - but it was obvious the seeds had died.
In business, there is a time to let go. Not everything is going to work.
Learn from the lessons and move on.
[Replanting is Your Chance to Start Over]
For Mother's Day, I made pico de gallo, a Texas staple for Mexican Food.
I thought, "What the heck!" and tossed in a ton of seeds from both the tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. Richard and I joked that we'd have spicy tomatoes.
Holy Guacamole! In less than a week, there were green sprouts all over the place. I don't know what I'm going to do with all of those plants, but I'm excited.
In your business, it's okay - in fact it is vital - to start again. If you are convinced that you are on the right track, start again from the beginning.
As a case in point, in my first sales job, I had HUMONGOUS GOALS. I quit my full-time 9-5 and set out to change the world. However, everything fell apart. But, I knew I was headed in the right direction. I stepped out and took a chance on an event to get my name in front of people. And, for the next 6 years, I grew from that foundation of clients. I reached my goals and created a 6-figure business from what looked like a flop. I replanted and reaped the harvest.
Every part of your business is in one of these stages of the Laws of Growth. What will be your next move?
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