5 Days to 5 Years Series: Day 2 – Edit

Disclaimer: In celebration of my company Nel Tax and Financial Solutions completing its fifth year of business, I decided to once again share some words of wisdom to other business owners and entrepreneurs that will help them along their entrepreneurial journeys. Tips and guidance provided are purely for informational purposes only. Enjoy! 
Late night selfie from 2017 of makeup-less me stressing about who knows what now. But in the moment, it was real.


Yesterday, I encouraged you to start your business. Today, I empathize with stress of editing what you started in order to establish how your business will sustain.

The picture of me above is probably one of my most honest moments as an entrepreneur. I took that selfie late night outside of my office while my family slept. It shows me trying to mastermind in the late hours something to either move my company forward, or to get rid of something that was holding my company back.

Seeing that picture now after four years, I honestly do not remember what caused me to enter such a stressful state. But I can read the stress in my expression, the time of the selfie, and the slight breakout that always rears its ugly head whenever I am lacking rest and ease in my life.

I share this because as we build our companies to withstand the test of time, we are constantly faced with the decision to edit. Edit our offers. Edit our messaging. Edit our network and support. And the edit that happens over and over again the longer we stay in this entrepreneurial journey is the edit of ourselves.

As I said, I do not remember now why I was in the state I was in when I took that selfie. But I do remember what was the results of seeing that selfie after I took it.

I went to bed.

The edit I made that night was I had to take care of myself in order to effectively lead and to be fully equipped to make all of the decisions required for the sustainable success of my company, my clients, my family, and myself. Although working tirelessly grew my business to profits within that initial first year for my business, I could not continue to operate this way .

I hired help first in the form of contractors, then coaches, and then an employee. I established company culture by enforcing the business hours and sharing client expectations vocally and in writing. And I even start scheduling days in my calendar just to enjoy blowing bubbles with my young daughter to watch her laugh and play.

Editing ourselves and our business is an ongoing process when it comes to building businesses that will last. It requires taking that honest “selfie” of oneself from time to time to admit what we should expand upon and what we should let go.

Even though I can edit myself a little better and quicker now than I could back in 2017, I still have moments where I have to pause to make sure what I am doing is aligned with who I am and what I deem to be successful for my business and my life. But the more I take a moment to check in with myself, the more I continue to enjoy what I am building year after year.

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