Beyoncé once said you can’t be nice in business.
And while I agree, not being nice in business doesn’t mean not being nice in life, especially when you work in an industry that is pretty cut throat at times. With that said, it’s important you find that balance between being super smart in business and not a total jerk.
Of course, your first priority is yourself and your business. Any business endeavor you get involved in should make you happy, be financially interesting, and challenging. And usually, when those three things collide, you become a nice business savvy blogger/entrepreneur. Here’s how to make it happen:
Detach from the outcome…
Easier said than done – I know, but if you want to be business savvy, you can’t get too attached to the outcome because there is a chance things won’t go as you hoped. You have to recognize that you will be fine no matter what the outcome.
That’s why when you’re cold-emailing brands or big time bloggers, you have to go about business as usual. Never depend on something or someone outside of yourself for your happiness. If said blogger/brand replies, great! If said blogger/brand doesn’t reply, fine. You’re not better or worse off than you were before asking.
After all, when you’re 90 years old, you won’t be sitting there thinking, ‘I can’t believe so and so never replied to my email about that collaboration!’.
Don’t make decisions based on emotion…
Being emotional in business is the worst thing you can do. As they say “it’s not personal, it’s business”.
I mean, you don’t want to be a ruthless monster with no morals, but you can’t think about everybody’s feelings all the time. Feelings are going to get hurt and not everyone is going to get what they want. But I promise you that refraining from rash decisions is best for yourself and your business. You don’t always want to jump right into something because it “feels right” or it’s a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Think things through, but don’t overthink, and go with a practical, educated decision without letting your emotions get in the way.
Never forget your roots…
No matter how successful you become, it’s important to remember where you came from. There are people from the same background as you, looking to you for guidance. Show them the right way.
Show them anyone is capable of what you’ve accomplished. Show them that you had hard times too – times you wanted to quit and times you failed but brushed yourself off and tried, tried again. No matter what line of work you’re in or how successful you are, you’re an example for someone. So, be a good one.
Meditate & be grateful…
Meditation has changed my life entirely. I literally cannot start my day without meditating for 5 minutes first (probably my OCD kicking in). 5 minutes is really all you need to get you “spiritually aligned”, but if you can do 20 minutes, that’s the sweet spot.
After my morning meditation, I say a little prayer and give thanks to the Universe for all I have. This gets me in the mood to start my day on the right foot even if some things go wrong.
Gratitude is actually hard to acquire in our abundant society. Thanks to the internet, these things that we absolutely “need” are right at our fingertips so we click, click, click, spend, spend, spend and still it never seems like we have enough. It’s easy to forget how much we really do have and how little other people in the world have. So, meditate and keep a gratitude journal.
Contribute to the greater good
I told you 2017 was going to be my year to bring as much awareness as possible to overlooked issues in the world. As savvy of a business person you may be, you can quickly turn off biz mode and turn on give mode by contributing to the greater good. This means giving back to society through charities by donating your time or money.
And don’t just think locally, think globally! There are so many organizations that could use your help and/or expertise. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Hope for Paws, and International Animal Rescue are a few of my favorites. If you follow The Dodo on Facebook they post about great organizations too.
Key takeaways: Use your head not your heart, remember you’re still “Jenny from the Block”, be grateful for the money you have and the air you breathe, give back to the world and you will win at life.
How do you find the balance between being business savvy and a nice person? Tell us in the comments!