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Episode 210: A Birthday Surprise with Dana Malstaff

Episode 210: A Birthday Surprise with Dana Malstaff
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To celebrate another year of making my way around the sun, I thought it would be fun to reflect on and share the 10 best pieces of advice I can think of that sum up how I live my life and why I think we’ve been able to create so much success with Boss Mom. So, here it is….all my juicy bits of wisdom, downloaded just for you!

1. Know your circles of influence/understanding

This one I truly and utterly LIVE by, because if I don’t I’m prone to taking bad advice, feeling bad about what I’m doing, etc.

You need to be intentional about assessing where the people in your life fall in terms of getting you and understanding you, and also plotting out where, how and to what degree those people are influential in your life.

This will allow you to best leverage the relationships in your life in ways that they will flourish, without allowing them to detract from you in negative ways.

2. Be honest with yourself even when it hurts

Let’s be honest: it’s really easy to judge other people and be honest about our thoughts and opinions on what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and how they’re doing it.

Something I try to always do is challenge myself against those same criteria: am I doing this for the right reasons? Am I doing this the right way? Am I spending my time in the right way? Is what I’m doing and who I’m doing it with worth what I’m doing?

Total honesty with yourself is essential if you want to do life and business well.

3. Everything has an impact, so be conscious of your ripple.

I live by the philosophy that everything we do impacts others, and we are impacted by the things that others do. Everything in life is interconnected.

It’s so important to develop consciousness in life and business – an acceptance and understanding of the world outside yourself – so that we can make the best decisions possible, that benefit as many people as possible.

4. It is easier to edit than to create

Bottom line: it’s easier to tweak and adjust and make pivots along the way once you’ve already done the work of creating something than to sit in a perpetual state of needing to create from the ground up.

Too often I see people let fear of failure and making mistakes hold them back from bringing their ideas to fruition. If you never actually finishing creating and releasing something, people will never benefit from it, you’ll never know what you need to fix, and things will never move forward.

Progress requires action. Create quickly and edit along the way.

5. When it doesn’t make sense find someone to help you make sense of it

Don’t let yourself stay stuck with your wheels spinning. If there’s something in your life or business that you can’t figure out, find someone who can help you figure it out and if that doesn’t work, just hire someone to do it for you.

Remember, there is an opportunity cost to trying to do everything yourself. Ask for (and accept!) help where you can.

6. You can’t build a business without spending money

The reality is if you want to build, grow and scale a successful business you’re going to have to invest some money into the game. You can’t just hoard everything and never spend any money.

That being said, you want to make sure that you’re spending your money where it really counts. Don’t spend money on things that won’t move you forward and actually make a difference.

Be honest with yourself and spend in the ways that will actually be best for your business, both now and long term.

7. Stop trying to manage people

Instead of managing people, try leading them (and if they won’t be led, don’t keep them on your team!) I am a big believe in letting my team members define their job description, what they do and how they work, and I focus on leading them well, editing and then approving what they bring to me.

Tell your team what you need, ask how they want to help, and let them be smart where they can be smart.

8. One step at a time is the only way to succeed

This is very simple, and very straightforward….and also, very powerful. Make the choice to only focus on one thing at a time. Direct your full attention into doing each thing you focus on well, and say no to anything that doesn’t fall within that area of focus, until it’s time for the next thing.

9. For every time you’re the big fish, seek to be the small fish.

Make sure that no matter how “big” you get, you always keep learning and surrounding yourself with bigger fish than you. When you’ve become the expert at something, seek out the mentorship of other people who are experts in areas that you want to grow in. Never stop growing and remember to stay humble.

10. Never stop learning but remember to take action

For those of you who love to read blogs, take challenges, watch tutorials, do courses, get coaching, etc – by all means, feel free to do those things! BUT make sure you’re investing your time into learning things that you actually want to learn and things that will actually move you forward in your life and business.

Don’t learn just for the sake of learning – learn to take action! Only action takers are the people who succeed.

Sponsor Spotlight: Boss Mom Birthday Flash Sale

To celebrate me turning 36 I am opening up access to something that isn’t normally available for purchase and is reserved only for my private coaching clients and students in my Raising Your Business course.

It’s an exclusive sales funnel training where you get access to three fully mapped out funnels: a simple funnel, a quiz funnel and a challenge funnel. This training includes worksheets that show you what your funnels should look like, videos that walk you through actually creating the funnels, and checklists of everything that should go on each page of your funnels.

Visit www.boss-mom.com/flash to snag this special training for just $36 through Friday, May 26th only!

Connect with Dana

We love hearing from you!

If you’ve got a question about today’s episode or want to leave us some inbox love, you can email us at hello@boss-mom-sg.local. Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in her happy place, the Boss Mom Facebook Community. 

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Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff is the Founder of Boss Mom and creator Nurture to Convert.
She is a mother, author, speaker, messaging strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She believes that too many brilliant moms are struggling to figure out how to grow their business while balancing all that is required to be a good mom, partner, and woman. So many moms are trying to grow their business using trends that feel inauthentic and aren't realistic for their inconsistent schedules. She has helped thousands of women become known for their brain and not their dance moves

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