05 Oct Reimagining Entrepreneurial Success
Entrepreneurship is often thought of as crushing your KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and making those monumental milestones — be it landing your first recurring client, or scaling up just so we can feel good about ourselves and or secretly to blast past competitors.
But what if we take a step back and consider a broader, more spacious concept of success? A concept where success isn’t a tight, cramped room with limited seats but a vast field where there’s room for everyone to bloom.
In this expansive space, personal growth, mindfulness, and the well-being of everyone involved become integral aspects of success.
The Generosity of Space: Rethinking Competition and Collaboration
“The light which shines in another’s world is not dimmed by lighting our own.”
In a business environment, competition is often the name of the game. Yet, in the spacious view of success, we can see that another’s achievement doesn’t have to overshadow our own. When we talk about spaciousness, it’s about being generous with our perspective. Your competitor’s success doesn’t make your slice of the pie smaller. In fact, it can serve as motivation or even open doors for future collaborations that benefit everyone involved.
Embracing this concept also allows you to look beyond competition and consider how collaboration can enrich your entrepreneurial experience. Partnerships and alliances often yield outcomes greater than the sum of their parts, providing a fuller, more spacious view of what success can look like.
Creating Room to Breathe
Fast decision-making often comes with the territory in entrepreneurship. Yet, in the spacious view of success, there’s ample room for pause. Mindfulness isn’t just a trendy buzzword; it’s a tool that can enhance your decision-making. In creating room to breathe and to think, you’re creating the space needed to make decisions that are more aligned with your goals and values.
The Spaciousness of Wellness
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich
Success in entrepreneurship isn’t merely about revenue and growth rates. It’s also about the quality of life you lead. Physical and emotional wellness aren’t side notes; they’re main chapters in your story of success. Making room for well-being creates a form of spaciousness that can ripple out into every aspect of your life and your business.
When you focus on the wellness of your team, you’re not just investing in individuals; you’re investing in the collective well-being and, therefore, the success of your business. A team that feels good performs well, creating a spacious and successful work environment for everyone involved.
Expanding Your Horizons
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
In an ever-changing market landscape, sticking rigidly to one path might limit your possibilities. The environment is changing.
Bill Gates said that in five years tech jobs will be gone. How will that knowledge change the way you’re doing business today?
The spacious view of success allows for changes in direction. You’re not wedded to a single path but have the freedom to explore different avenues.
Adaptability isn’t a sign of indecisiveness but an indicator of your capacity to innovate and grow. In that spaciousness, you’ll find new opportunities, new perspectives, and perhaps even a new definition of what success means to you.
Success is spacious. It’s not a finite destination but an expansive field with room for all kinds of achievements. So, let’s move beyond narrow metrics and celebrate the spaciousness that allows for personal growth, meaningful relationships, and a more holistic, fulfilling version of success.
Wishing you all the spaciousness and success in the world!
Kara Goldin is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Hint Inc., a beverage company that produces a line of unsweetened flavored water. She is also a speaker and author, advocating for health and wellness.
Goldin became frustrated with her own addiction to diet soda and decided to create a healthier alternative. She began experimenting with fruit-infused water in her kitchen and eventually developed Hint, a line of unsweetened, flavored water with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.