Lessons a Toddler Taught Me About Running a Business

I’m always amazed as how much my son teaches me about life — that is, when I take the time to remark that what he’s doing can teach me something valuable… I watched him play on our porch one sunny day, and asked myself, “What can I learn about myself and the way I run my business?” Here are a few lessons I’ve learned:

Growth & Learning:

  • growth is gradual — you don’t grow up in one day, one week, one month, or even in one year
  • learn new skills by watching the big kids
  • be curious; explore everything
  • just take one step at a time
  • never refuse help if it’s offered
  • don’t worry about getting your hands dirty


  • take risks
  • if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
  • don’t be afraid to play with the big kids

Social Life, Relationships:

  • have those 1 or 2 people that will comfort you when you fall
  • have your “cheering squad” who will celebrate your small accomplishments
  • say ‘hi’ or smile to everyone you meet

Creativity, Self:

  • find creative ways to get around obstacles
  • say “no”
  • see how high/far you can reach/climb
  • if you don’t like something the first time you try it, try it at least 2 more times before deciding you don’t like it
  • have fun
  • be in the moment

I won't bore you with details (nor insult your intelligence) with what each of these points personally mean to me. I trust you will find the parallels and meanings to running your own business.

This is a reminder to take each opportunity you have to notice the simpler aspects of your surroundings, to learn something new about yourself, and to lean back and take a breath every once in a while. The success of your business could depend on it.

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