My 3-year old son taught me the following lessons this passed weekend:
1) Once you decide to do something, just do it. Don't waiver, don't sit on the fence for too long, or claim that you are going to do something if you never intend to actually do it.
2) Bravery is sometimes underestimated. Find the courage to get out there and do something you may otherwise never think to try - the reward tends to be much sweeter (even if there is a chance of failing).
3) Never assume anything about anyone. I was certain my son would end up changing his mind at the last minute (in fact, I shamefully admit that I would have placed a $1,000,000 bet that he would have changed his mind... boy would I have lost BIG time).
Think about this the next time you get out there to try something new in your business - like sell a product. Don't assume that your prospects will say no, or don't assume that a potential JV partner will shut you down. You never know what will happen unless you try. Failure after trying is better than not trying at all.
So... how did my son teach/remind me of these lessons?
He rode a sheep. Yep. He busted some mutton this weekend, and even though he fell off after about 2 seconds, the fact that he got up there (after seeing all of his predecessors get bucked off) and went for it is what counts.
He was also the youngest and smallest cowboy out there.
I became THE proudest mom in the crowd and celebrated his bravery. I'm quite certain that I was much more nervous than he was (and couldn't totally relax until it was over and everything turned out just fine), but now I look at my son in a totally different light.
He has taught me that having the courage to do something is the key to living life, building a successful business, and finding ultimate happiness.
The quality of the video below is not perfect (it was taken by a stranger in the stands whom I have MUCH gratitude towards for documenting such an event), but you can capture a glimpse of my son braving his first mutton bustin' ride.
This has motivated me to get out there more and just do it. I had to share (and yes, I am also shamefully bragging a bit - this is one of the first of MANY super proud parenting moments - LOL), but if a 3-year old can show such bravery, so can we as adults.
Jack - 3.5 years old mutton busting (his first time) - YouTube