One thing that can have such an impact on your business is the people you choose to surround yourself with. Your circle. Your circle is really a lot of circles: friends, business friends, businesses, etc.
You know I talk about choosing to surround myself with people and businesses who are good. And that's really important to me. Do you know how you feel after you've visited with someone who was negative or arrogant? You leave that encounter feeling bad. Imagine if all of your time was spent with people who were positive and uplifting. It would be life changing.
I really believe every choice we make, from the tiniest things to the biggest things have an impact on the world. If we're good to our children, they're good to others. If we support one another, others will do the same. If we build positive minded businesses, we are building a greater good. I can tell you that if you build a life of trying to be the best person you can be, it becomes who you are. And I say that because it's important to do good things because you just want to do good things - not that you're ever expecting anything in return.
But guess what? Life isn't perfect, and sometimes you'll be disappointed or betrayed by someone you've pulled into your circle. And that's just life. You can spend time dwelling on it and let it bring you down, or you can just deal with it, scrub yourself clean from it, and move on. And you'll be better for it. Because in the end, you'll learn that's a blessing too. You'll grow and be strengthened, and land on your feet.
Because you're a good person.
Why am I talking about being a good person when building your business? Because it's all intertwined. Your circle, your life choices - it all affects your life - and your business.
Now, I'm not saying you need to rush out and befriend every business person you ever meet or save the world. Just do what makes sense. Here are some examples:
- If you're on Facebook and see a business that would be great for you to connect with, reach out to them. I met my friend, Alisa this way. I noticed her vintage rental business and then visited her facebook page and website. I liked what I saw. I knew she could be a great addition to my antiques show. The vendors who might need to rent props for display could do so through her. Her business was young and I figured it could use a tiny boost. So I reached out to her. We met for coffee and I learned more about her business and her expertise. One thing led to another, and she ended up supplying me and several of my vendors with rentals at the show, and she ended up working with me on a big book shoot project I was working on. She is a wonderful person and as I've learned, someone I can really rely on, and her with me.
- Find local businesses who can supply you with what you need. Your patronage supports them and their family and helps your local economy. If you're loyal to them, they'll be loyal to you. Imagine you discover you need some last minute signage for your antiques show. If you've been working with the same business for years, they're likely going to help you in a pinch.
- If you discover a business or product you love, spread the word! We can all use a little boost.
You need to understand your circle is more than those you befriend or talk to every day. It's anyone you choose to do business with as well.
I've learned to choose wisely. And if someone or something doesn't work out, I just move on. I'm an optimistic entrepreneur but I'm realistic too.
P.S. Do you recognize the ladies pictured above? If you attend The Farm Chicks Show, you probably do! There's Kathy and Melissa - they've been vendors at The Farm Chicks Show for many years. And Pam and her daughter. Pam has been selling her famous treats at the show for quite some time. I love that they're in my circle.