Over the past 25 years I have founded and run some great businesses which have led to me having a great lifestyle, some amazing experiences and contributed to a growing culture of ethical and community enterprise locally and globally.
Here are my top ten takeaways (for now) from setting up and running ethical enterprises;
1. The vast majority of people are going to think your ideas are a bit crazy – after all, no one has successfully done this thing yet. And that’s OK.
2. There will be times when you feel like you are speaking into the void, times you will question your own motives, ideas and ambition. Keep going anyway.
3. You WILL want to give up. This is the exact time to keep going.
4. Model excellence. Social media is great for this. Follow people you aspire to. Learn from those who have gone before.
5. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely.
6. Focus on who you can help and how. Your product or service needs to solve a problem. If you have helped one person to solve a problem today, you are doing well. Keep going.
7. Know yourself. Live and work within your values. Work with others who do this too.
8. Beware destination happiness – by all means have goals, but enjoy the little moments each day too. Gratitude is the practice for this one.
9. Your life is a reflection of your daily habits. Focus on creating a great habit life to experience greatness. It really is that simple.
10. Success is a journey, not a destination. It’s about the person we become on the way to achieving our goals rather than about the goals themselves.
Enjoy the journey, find someone who believes in you, know that anything is possible
Clare Honeyfield is a high performance master coach and award-winning business owner who believes in the power of community and goodness