“It takes a village to raise a child.”
Wise words from my mom shortly after my first son was born. She reminded me that while I was the parent and the main caretaker of my son, I was not alone. There was a whole community of people, family and friends alike, who wanted to be supportive and helpful.
Building your business is no different.
While the village may be smaller, the most successful people have mentors, colleagues, and even spouses who help guide them and work through problems when they arise.
Your business “village” are the people you can rely on to help you take the next step in your career, who push you to look outside of the box. I had breakfast with a Fortune 100 CEO last winter. He was thinking about stepping back from the position and starting what would become his “retirement plan”. He wasn’t sure what his next step would be. I asked him who he confided in the most, expecting it to be another CEO that he was friendly with. After he said “my wife,” he was quiet for a minute and then smiled. “I know what I need to do.”
Who supports you every day? I have a team that helps me in all aspects of my business. My business coaches, accountability partners, accountant and my Operations Goddess, Khadya Hale, all keep me moving forward.
I also have my “Life Team” who includes my brother Chris Friskey, who pushes me to be at my best every day and helps me navigate life’s challenges with grace and laughter. My kids who inspire me daily. My cleaning lady who keeps everything tidy, so I’m not distracted by the mess we all make. My financial advisor, Mckenzie Frankel, who has been instrumental in helping me set financial goals that will ensure I can cross all the things off my bucket list. I have an amazing group of friends who make sure I have a social life.
The combination of both my life and business team afford me the ability to focus more of my efforts on what I love doing. Not sure where to get started? Check out this video interview my friend Denice Whiteley and I did recently about how and when it’s time to start looking for support in your business.