5 Ways My Mom Grew My Business (Without Realizing It)
Posted on May 6, 2016
It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and in honor of my mom (and all of the mother’s out there) I wanted to write a short blog on the 5 things my mom has done to help grow my business. I’m so thankful for my mom’s support (although I don’t always show it, I’m sure). Here we go:
- Work For It. My mom believes in hard work and she’s not a quitter. She is always telling me that I just need to work at things harder to accomplish my goals. Not only does she make me a better employee but she also makes me a better boss. I use her motivation to help encourage my team (now they know where it comes from!)
- Call Everyone. My mom will watch the Today show every morning and then call me with a list of people who I should contact. She doesn’t tell me to contact their agents, managers, or publicists – she just says to contact them directly. And over the years I’ve listened to her – and it works. In my mom’s eyes no one is “above” me and I should feel comfortable reaching out to everyone. After all, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Because my mom has encouraged me to reach out to so many people (or strangers, I should say) over the years, it’s made me extremely confident and given me the ability to call anyone.
- Get Over It. My mom isn’t one for complainers or “self-made pity parties”. Because my mom doesn’t listen to me complain much and is famous for saying, “Oh well, onto the next” it enables me to get over things faster, not call a bunch of people and complain about the same thing, and it helps me get over things faster. If my mom doesn’t think much of it, why should I?
- Make it Positive. Again, my mom hates complainers so she really encourages me to talk about the positive side of things rather than the negatives. It’s easy to complain after someone makes a mistake or a campaign doesn’t go exactly as planned. My mom pushes me to talk about the good stuff instead of harping on the bad.
- Small Mistakes Are Unacceptable. My mom spell checks my Twitter feed on the daily and she often finds mistakes. Of course, my mom immediately emails me to share the spelling or grammatical mistakes she finds. She always reminds me that our social platforms are an extension of our brand and small mistakes simply won’t do. As a leader, it can be easy to glaze over these smaller mistakes but mom’s got a point!
I want to thank my mom for always being there to listen to me talk about my day, my team, my business, and my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her expertise and guidance. Happy Mother’s Day mom, love you.
Read my story and hear how my mother pushed me to find internships HERE.