This tip is about having outside interests other than business or family. Do you have a hobby? Some of you will say “Well, thrifting is my passion and my hobby…” or “Business is my interest.” This tip clearly states it is about interests other than our business or family. I’ve picked up a new one for myself: I’m learning to play the ukulele! I’ve also renewed my interest in an old friend, gardening, and how to make it work in drought-stricken California. You need to wallow in some YOU stuff, for mental and physical health as well as for the wellbeing of your business. You’ll come back to it all with new perspectives, and that’s the big payoff.
Regrets…we all have some. There is a country song called Hillbilly Girl with the Blues that says, “I was offered things I was too green to refuse.” A regret, by its very nature, is a crossroads you came to where a decision was made. It’s easy to rationalize: “I was young”; “I didn’t know”; or “I’m new at business.” While all of those things may be true, it’s time to stop the regret merry-go-round. Sometimes I backslide with my own advice, and my mind says, “If only I had kept that five-bedroom home with a swimming pool I sold when I went to New York…” or “If only I hadn’t gone into business with those scoundrels…”. If only. Remember, it was your decision at the time; you can’t undo it. Stop agonizing over it. Don’t blame others. Keep your eyes on the prize, which is a sound business plus a sound family life.