All I Really Need to Know . . .

Back to school season is in full swing. The smell of crayons is in the air, school zones are making you late to appointments, and kids everywhere are outfitted in brand-new running shoes. And if you’re like us, you can get a little nostalgic for the bustle and excitement that this time of year used to bring. So, with this in mind, we thought we’d play on Robert Fulghum’s well-known piece, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by creating a version just for you: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Starting a Business.”

  1. If you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Not everyone is going to love your product, and that’s okay.
  2. There will always be someone better than you (and you should be their friend). Wondering who to hire for your employee? Pick the person who works harder than you. Want to know who to invite for a coffee meeting in our Scottsdale rental office? How about the fellow entrepreneur who’s rocking it in your field? Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The more you allow yourself to be surrounded by success, the more it will become your normal. Never aim to be the smartest person in the room.
  3. When you’re tired, rest. You’re not doing yourself or your business any favors by being overworked and sleep deprived. When you get run down by phone calls and mailings, let our Arizona mail-handling and call-routing services take that burden from you.
  4. When you’re restless, play. Sometimes it just takes a quick 10-minute walk or jog outside to feel refreshed and creative again. Sunshine is good for the body and mind.
  5. “Being ready” is a myth. You’ll never be totally ready to take the leap and start your dream business, expand your product line, or branch off with a new idea. As Sheryl Sandburg said, “done is better than perfect.”
  6. Love trumps logic. Sure, you may have a killer business idea, but if you can’t stand the idea of doing it every day for the next five years, you probably will fizzle out long before then. There are many versions of success, and the most important one is your level of contentment with your job. Do what you love.
  7. Finish what you start. The same creativity and energy many entrepreneurs possess also makes them want to jump from project to project without seeing them all the way through. After all, they have SO many great ideas! Having an Arizona office space at Versant, with our top-notch technology and beautiful furnishings, can help you stay focused, productive and organized.
  8. Play well with others. Though it can feel satisfying at the time, burning bridges with associates usually doesn’t serve you well in the long run. Technology keeps making this world smaller, and it’s likely you’ll cross paths again. This doesn’t mean you have to stay in an unhealthy situation, but it’s often possible to put healthy boundaries in place without destroying a relationship.

On this journey you’ve chosen, there are many life lessons to be learned. The good news? It doesn’t have to be complicated, and often comes down to common sense. At Versant we aim to make your business ownership even easier be offering you the best workspaces for rent in Phoenix, and the best virtual office services in Phoenix.

Give us a call at 480-305-2000 to see how we can help you reach the next stage. We might even throw in a sharpened number 2 pencil.