In my heart of hearts, I know that when I started my business I was not a natural collaborator. One of the reasons that I started my own business was because I realized I liked things done my way…and I wanted them done how and when I wanted them done.
Fortunately, not everyone is wired this way. Some people love the sharing of thoughts and are energized with people bouncing ideas off each other and coming up with new and innovative strategies. But thankfully, I am learning to love input — it’s a necessity when growing a business.
Many entrepreneurs are probably more like me. Most of us have to be wired a certain way to have this crazy notion that we can build something out of nothing. Quit our stable jobs and embark on this journey of exciting uncertainty. We tend to be people with independent brilliance who have the capacity to create something new in the world and bring it into being.
But that is where I learned business and business owners can NOT and will NOT be successful alone on an island. No, as corny as it sounds…It Takes a VILLAGE. Successful businesses grow, usually the more people get involved and all of a sudden, it is a lot like watching your babies grow up and then you have to share them with the world and sit back and watch other people influence them and shape them and mold them without you.
One of my fatal flaws was my need to feel like I had know and do everything; I quickly learned that was not only unrealistic but impossible if I wanted to create something that was scalable. I had to find people to fill in my missing strengths so that the business could grow. To walk beside me on this journey so I could watch my vision become a reality.
I am eternally grateful to all of those who have stood by me, stood up to me and stood behind me catching me when I fell. Here are a few people I have to credit with being part of my village:
My PITG Team…I thank each of every one of you for putting up with my neurosis and for embodying all that PITG means to myself and to our clients. Without each and every one of you there is no US.
Jenny Lowhar– Imagine That– Thanks for always thinking of creative ways to keep us on brand and for not being afraid to tell me when I was falling short.
Emi Melker– 101 Management– Thanks for understanding who we are and helping us share that with the world and for always being one phone call away to answer my social media question that I have already asked 1,000 times.
Shawn Healey– Dragon Koi Coaching– Thank you for making me realize “What got me here won’t get me there” and that sometimes I just need to “Shut the F… Up”
Lesley Logan– Profitable Pilates– Thanks for your energy, positivity and encouragement to help me realize I don’t need to play small just to stop others from feeling bad.
Talia Bargil– Write Now– Thank you for your WORDS…literally.
Ross Gibbs– HEI Traction– Thank you for helping me realize that problems are just issues that have solutions…not the end of the world.
Niki Pfeiffer– Cocktail CEO– Thank you for opening my eyes to what business coaching could do not only for the business but for myself personally and for being the first person to break down understanding metrics in a digestible format.
Scott Gurka– Thanks for being my ROCK at home and my biggest cheerleader…for the countless hours you sit and just listen without trying to solve. Thanks for helping me see the other side of the coin and that if I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel that I should just light that sh.. up myself.
To all of those out there who raise the bar and who inspire me to be not only a better version of myself but a stronger and more resilient business owner:
Craig Cohen, Shante Cofield, Todd Wickstrom, Karen Litzy, Carrie Jose Gove, Victoria Liu, Lauren Smith Sok, Tracy Sher, Jo Ann Graser, Lee Vallely and Elisabeth Kristof, Anna Tishenko, Monica Metz, Nikki Naab-Levy , Jenna Zaffino, Jen Esquer.