January 17, 2013

What can I learn from this?

Filed under: Small Business — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 9:22 am

What can I learn from this? graphic

I’m currently reading JJ Ramberg’s It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business, a useful guide for new or experienced business owners. The book is organized by category, with useful tips for each.

One of the tips that resonated with me was: Tip #44: Learn from your failures.

As small business owners, I think we’ve all experienced failures or disappointments. Situations that didn’t quite work out as expected. But the key to success is turning these situations into learning experiences. Saying to yourself: What can I learn from this?

I recently went through a challenging experience with a personal project. It was an area that I was unfamiliar with and things didn’t go as expected. As soon as I let go of my disappointment and negativity and approached it as a learning experience, the situation turned around and new opportunities appeared. (Coincidence? I think not.)

Do you learn from your failures?

December 31, 2012

Things I want to learn in 2013

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion — Tags: , , — lidia @ 11:07 am
2013 greeting card by Laura Berger

2013 greeting card by my friend Laura Berger. Buy in her etsy shop! 

So, at the beginning of every year I make a list of things I want to learn. Apparently, I skipped 2012’s list—but I was already busy learning how to be a new mom! (see 2011’s list here).

Things I want to learn in 2013

  • How to create an eBook in Adobe InDesign
  • How to use Google Analytics effectively (admittedly, this has been on my list for several years!)
  • How to narrow down all of my personal creative projects
  • QuickBooks
  • Recipes for my slow cooker
  • Fitting in exercise into my biz mama schedule
  • A fun DIY holiday gift for friends
  • Sewing

What do you want to learn in 2013?