The Keepers And The Tossers

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Starting a new business is hard to say the least. There are countless months of planning, prepping, paperwork, approvals, money, websites, tools, ahhhhhhh. It’s enough to completely stress you out, but yet you live in a constant state of excitement and enthusiasm.

That’s where we are currently. We are in transition of being an operational business, yet still trying to get our ducks in a row.

Of course, in times like this, you need support. You need advice. You need guidance. Your friends and family are supposed to be your #1 cheerleaders, but I’ll be honest with you folks. That is not always the case. (We know this from experience. This is not our first go ’round opening our own small business.)

When I read the quote on the picture above, it couldn’t have come at a better time as a harsh, but important reminder. We are in the throes of starting our own business. We want to talk about it. We want to advertise it. We want others to be excited about it. Some of the people in our lives are so excited for us, you would think they are running the business themselves. Others, on the other hand, like to bring up all the negative aspects. What if? Why this? Why that? What about? What happens if?

If you are currently on the journey of embarking on something new, simply put, you don’t need that crap. Get rid of it. It may be letting a bad habit go. It may be time to de-clutter your life from things that pull you away from your focus. It may be time to cut ties with the people who are not in your corner. As hard and hurtful as it may be, this is the time you need positive support the most. If your friends and maybe even your family are a constant source of negativity, how do you think your mindset will be?

On a podcast I was listening to recently, I heard one of the most profound things I had heard in a while. “You are the average of the five people you hang around.” Let that sink in a minute. Wow. How true this statement is, but yet we rarely even give it much thought. It made me realize that in order for me to be successful, ambitious, adventurous, and all those things I wanted to be, I have to choose my relationships a little more wisely. As we have heard all of our lives, positivity breeds positivity. Negativity . . . . . well, you know the rest.

To all the current and prospective business owners, I wish you much success in your own ventures. I am in your corner. Go team!

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