How to Survive 6 Years in Business: (hint) teamwork.
Posted on March 15, 2014
(Whilst I was writing this post, I felt the grooves come on. Will caught me. It doesn't feel right not to share the little raw-state video of the whole scene. Thanks for helping me keep my groove, dear friends).Here we are again. Another year has passed, another reason for me to deepen the well of appreciation towards all that surrounds this little business: you (our precious customers, supporters, etc), our family, our friends, our employees. I am constantly in awe of you. Frankly, I don't really know how the well could get any deeper. But it does, every single day, it goes deeper and deeper. Think of me as the woman who sat alone curious about what to do with her life, confused about where it was going, broke, with really nothing at all to lose. She stumbles upon this idea in her head and turns around to see what tripped her. She walks back to take a closer look, picks it up, and puts it into her pocket. She takes it home, puts in out on the table and stares at it for awhile. It's kind of weird looking, but she immediately likes it. Then she decides there is nothing to do but bring this thing to life. She builds a tiny little place (it's suuuuper cute, btw) to protect the little thing, water it, watch it grow. All the while, not really understanding what it is. Then with every ounce of her being, she believes in it. A couple years pass--she's almost singularly focused on keeping this thing alive. Unsure of what it really is or wants to be, she knows without a shadow of a doubt, that it's meant to be. One day, she turns around and sees miles and miles of people standing right there with her, some were there all along, some have just joined; her heart swells so much, it nearly explodes. Today, we celebrate 6 years in business, yet it feels like an eternity---but the kind of eternity I want to live in. With the space expansion nearly complete, hitting the 6 year mark, adding new team members, losing old ones, and the ideas getting bigger and stronger, I've been reflecting on how and why we've gotten here--to this magical place of business, love, and friendship. Lately, I keep coming back to the parallels between what I spent years going to school for and how that translates into our business. My official MFA title is: Master of Physical and Ensemble-based Theatre. Learning how to work successfully as a group of people with a common goal was at the crux of our training. It takes a great deal of patience, respect, determination, communication, support, and admiration to work successfully as a team. But when you find it, when it really clicks, it becomes indestructible. If we could strip down all the things that have lead up to where we are now, at the very core you would find teamwork at its best. You would find a give and take, a kind of jazz: a call and response, an elevating partnership, you would find support and compassion, one falls and the other is there to catch them. This teamwork begins at an individual level, extends to my incredible partnership with Will and ends with all of us coming together as one big team. Hands down, our business does not do what it does without this team. Entering our 7th year of business, here is a little bit of unsolicited advice I want to leave with you:
- Seek out those partnerships that will elevate your lives to the next level.
- Make a team you are proud to be a part of.
- Hire your weaknesses (thank you, Sara Blakely).
- Don't believe you can do it all: you can't and that's okay.
- Ask questions, ask for help, pull your own weight.
- Open up: you'll be shocked to see what happens when you do.
- Be courageous; be compassionate.
- Have a blast. It moves way faster than you think.
- All things must pass (thank you, George Harrison).
- Find gratitude in every little thing that you do.