“I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.” – Gustave Flaubert
Are you happy with where you’re at in your business? Do you worry that if you grow bigger, you won’t be able to handle the onset of work that comes with having a larger client base, photographing more weddings, response times with emails and more? I think we all go through that. You know what my answer is?
Dream bigger. Baby bird, you’ve gotta fly.
Am I happy with where my business is? You bet I am. I’ve got 21 clients, a happy client base, beautiful reviews, plenty of content, new photoshoots in the works and more. When I think about it though – what comes next? Obviously I want to continue to grow my client base, advance my employees, move to an island in the sun and play and have fun (I saw Weezer last night, and I can’t stop singing that song now).
But what else? I’ve always been the type of person who wants to know what’s next. Enough is never enough – because I believe in making a big impact and doing something amazing with your crazy life. What happens if I grow bigger?
The key is doing it gradually. Having fantastic employees if your business warrants it. Knowing when to outsource to people like me, or hire an employee to free up your time to allow you to continue to grow. It’s important to remember that sometimes an investment in having more time just allows you to take on a few more clients, work harder on an area that you want to grow your business, or maybe just focus on the things that you’re really passionate about.
We all have projects. We all have dreams. When is it time to really make them come true? To put pen to paper and make things happen (or in my case, hands to my keyboard)? Today is never too soon. Build a plan. Grow your business, if that’s what you so desire. Decide what you want your company to look like in 5 years, 10 years, and more. Don’t be content with where you are – look towards what can be. Get excited. Stay positive. Don’t let the speed bumps stop you from remembering why you chose to do what you do.
I love this quote from Lewis Carroll: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Create the alternative. Dream Bigger.