The Value of Transparency as an Entrepreneur
As entrepreneurs, we choose to take on a lot of responsibility. And with that responsibility comes a certain degree of knowledge and perfection in everything that we do for our business. As you know, this burden of perfection that we place on ourselves does not come alone. It is a package deal that includes increased stress, over thinking, self doubt and can hold us back from growing, not only our businesses but ourselves as well.
We know, or rather we assume, that everything must be perfect or we should not put it out into the world. That our students expect the absolute best from us 100% of the time. That our training video won’t be well received because there is a toddler performing Sofia the First karaoke in the background (true story).
What if we abandon the idea of perfection, and instead place value on transparency? On being authentic, living a real life with all of its beautiful missteps, meandering paths, and discovery of new ways of bringing knowledge to our students and to our business?
Let’s embrace life’s unforeseen events and make them our own. That impromptu rain storm in the middle of a film shoot outdoors? Use it as an opportunity to show your students how you are able to easily, or clumsily, transition from one dynamic to another. Let your students see the real you and how you handle the glitches and mishaps. Your students are with you to learn and grow, and what a beautiful experience and gift if they are able to witness you gaining knowledge at the same time.
By being transparent, we are being our true selves, showing even though we love what we do, and we love sharing our knowledge, that we are still living a real life. Learning. Experimenting. Growing.
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