someone once told me i was a weenie.
December 20, 2010 § 1 Comment
December 17 – Lesson Learned What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
i already knew i was a people pleaser. that i’d rather say yes than disappoint you. the thing is, this seems to be a much more noticeable problem when you’re starting your own business. because you can’t so much say “sure, i’ll do that for free” or “why not give you a huge discount” because you start noticing how all the time ads up.
at first you think “sure, no problem to edit 30 pictures for you that i’ll pop on a disc and just hand over” and then you start to notice. how long it takes to work through the photos to even get to the 30 that are worthy. then you go through those and spruce them up a little here and there. and before you know it, you look up and 2 hours are gone, maybe 3. that’s 3 additional hours on top of the time it took to take the pictures in the first place. now someone with my pathetic confidence level can justify freebies and discounts because well, am i really worth it?
what i’ve learned this year is that yes, my work is worth it. my time away from my kids and husband and gas and coffee and sleep lost or whatever. my work is worth it.
putting things into practice was never my strong suite, but i have to try. because the feeling i get when i see a client or a friend or family really see the value in what i do, is amazing. but it’s all been pieces of the larger puzzle. the business puzzle. because the big giant most important lesson i learned is that i want to have a successful business, and i can’t do that by second guessing myself. it’s required a lot of math and i still don’t have it 100% figured out, but i’m getting there.