I learned to slow it down, remove the clutter in my life and focus on my family. Anyone with kids needs to read the book `Last Child in the Woods - saving our children from nature-deficit disorder`. In the end, whether you are a kid building a tree house or an adult building a business, its critical to drop the hammer a few times from twenty feet and deviate from your plans once in awhile. I took myself a lot less seriously this year and remember what was learned by building tree houses as a kid.
I learned to:
1) Listen to my gut. It never leads me astray. A
2) Take the time to hire those independent contractors and to do a test project with them before signing on for a significant amount of time.
3) Ask lots of questions about any contract and include my own interpretation and requirements before signing it.
4) When you see a potential business partnership, don`t be afraid to ask. Even if someone tells you no, it was worth at least asking.
5) Always budget 25% more than something is projected to cost.
6) Never give up.
---Tammy Graham, Founder & CEO, True Genius Apparel Company: fitting your personality; www.mytruegenius.com. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
In the short time that I have been both a SUN member and an aspiring entrepreneur I have read some great posts and I am grateful to have found a forum for those of us who have the courage and the conviction to strike out for ourselves.
The #1 thing I have learned in 2006 is that I want a better life for my children. My sons have given me a new perspective on how I wish to live my life and how I want to conduct my businesses. I look forward to a healthy and wonderful 2007. It`s going to be a GREAT year!!!
---Regards, Warren Endes Owner/Operator www.wedustuff.com firstname.lastname@example.org