Over the years I’ve had some pinch-me-is-this-really-happening kinds of moments.
From spending a week with Richard Branson, to having Mitch Kapor (inventor of Lotus Notes / spreadsheet) invest in my company, Flowtown.
One of those moments happened in 2009 when somehow we got introduced to Gail, the CEO of ConstantContact – the FIRST publicly traded SaaS (Software as a Service) company in the world.
We met at our offices and she started asking questions about the product, how we came up with it, where we were at, etc..
… then she smiled and she said something I’ll never forget.
“Don’t forget to document the journey… someday you’ll reach your destination and wish you could travel back and appreciate the early days.”
So we did.
We captured everything from screenshots, to team photos.
However, this was the cool part.
The unintended side effect was that it allowed us to remind ourselves of the progress we were making.
Seeing how we evolved the product, the team, even our environment…
… and that led me on this discovery that one of the most important challenges an entrepreneur faces is protecting their confidence.
It’s one of the most important (yet underappreciated) assets you own as an entrepreneur.
And with a constant barrage of “doubt bullets” being fired at your most precious asset…
… it’s time you protected it with a thick layer of emotional kevlar.
That’s why I wanted to share a few ways you can do this in this weeks video.
During the video I break this down into 5 strategies… the last, one I use everytime I go to write emails to you… for me it’s super important to ground my mind and express the journey.
1) Celebrate The Wins (Previous Quarter)
2) Weekly Team / Customers Wins
3) Document The Journey (Screenshots / Recordings / Photographers)
4) Yearly Party (Review Wins/Losses)
5) Achievement List
Maybe you’ve had moments of pure confidence in business?
What happened in your life just prior? Was it intentional?
Regardless, I would love to hear from you in the comments… let me know how you build your confidence to take on more challenges in life?