"...that is why I am standing in front of you today, I may fail, but I'm failing at the right thing." Melissa D'Arabian.
I heard this phrase recently from the winner of The Next Food Network Star, while she was in the midst of competition. Wow I thought, that is a statement. I think it sums it up for many who choose to start their own business and those who choose to follow their passion and dream.
Think back on some of the reasons you started your business. What motivated the idea and what was the journey you took to get to that idea? In there lies the answer, for me anyway, on how to run my business and set my goals. All the things I would never do. How I would structure. How I would and would not treat clients and employees; how much money would I be satisfied with. The list is long. All the things I would do. Perservere, embrace each success or failure as a learning experience; listen, listen and listen some more.
Staging and Design are so out there...meaning in front of everyone...your ideas are in front of everyone's faces to see. People will love it or hate it, sometimes there is an in between but not often.
You call that a "living"? Who is responsible if your work doesn't work? You because you are the public face, pictures and all? If the client or agent changes things, moves, adds to or deletes your work, it is still your face and reputation out there.
Add to that the responsibility of knowing in most cases, people are putting their most valuable possession in your hands. Trusting you to make it all right or help them move on.
I really love seeing the work of fellow Stagers and Designers. It is a piece of each and everyone's heart and soul (yes... even the depersonalizing part!) It is someone telling you who they are and that they do what they love.
We are a people business in more ways than one. It is a challenge everyday between marketing myself, fighting stubborn clients and handling life in general around it. But I am happy doing it and as Melissa said if I fail, it will be failing at the right thing.
How do you feel about what you do?
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AccentPositives provides effective and economical Home Staging Consultations and services on site and on line. Selected Best of Corona 2012 in the Interior Design category, we are located in Corona and serve the Inland Empire of Southern California, the Palm Springs area and North San Diego County. Call 951 833 8529. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.accentpositives.com.