The first invoice I ever sent out, I forgot to include my payment details.
My first “employee” was someone I made up (Sally from Accounts) because I was too scared to chase up on overdue bills “myself”.
I once went to the toilet with my speaking microphone turned on. The audience heard it all.
My first newsletter ‘list’ consisted of me physically typing all of my contacts into the bcc field of my email (I’d heard of Mailchimp but had no idea what it was). Time consuming, not to mention illegal.
My Dad took me to the first speech I ever gave. Even though I was booked for 60 minutes, I got scared, mumbled through some nonsense for 5 mins before fleeing from the stage (and when I say fleeing, I mean, I ran. I physically RAN from the stage).
I was a finalist for a prestigious award (NSW Premier’s Women of the Year) and the invite said the event was at Parliament House. So, I booked accommodation and flights to Canberra. Turns out the NSW Awards were in the Parliament House located in, as the name would suggest, Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES. I wandered around Parliament House in Canberra for an HOUR before I figured it out.
I had to fire the first two people that ever worked for me (I was a bad manager, and didn’t pick the right people for the right job).
I didn’t realise I had to set aside the GST portion I was adding to invoices and as a result, owed the tax office a massive amount of money. Yes, it’s been paid now.
Why would I share this list of business f*ck ups?
Well, it’s January. And, hopefully, you have some big goals mapped out.
Maybe you have some big plans in place for your business (or maybe you want to start your own business!).
And maybe you’re feeling a bit scared about how it’s all gonna pan out.
Maybe you’re afraid you’re gonna stuff it all up.
I’m here to say this:
Maybe you will! And maybe that’s OK.
Here’s the thing:
Everyone makes mistakes.
Even the world’s most game changing and influential business people – Marie Forleo, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Turia Pitt (I’m kidding, I’m obviously just the most successful) make mistakes.
In fact, making mistakes is part of the deal.
Because the fact that you’ve made a mistake means that you’re trying. You’re ambitious.
You’ve got goals. That’s something to celebrate!
And most mistakes? Well, one day they’ll make great stories for a blog ?
Go big this year. Don’t worry about stuffing up.
Have a go.
I promise I’ll share everything I can to help you get where you wanna go …. starting with something really exciting that I’m launching with Marie Forleo and B-School in February.
And at the very least, I promise I’ll have a chuckle when you share your own mistakes in a blog or newsletter a few years down the track.
PS – Would you do me a favour? Please share your most embarrassing mistake (business or otherwise) in the comments below. I’d love to know I’m not the only one who’s ever had a fake employee ???
PPS – Interested in B-School? Do yourself a favour and get onto Marie’s EPIC free training series now. It will give you a great insight into what Marie is like, and the kind of stuff you can learn in B-School. It’s also packed full of really valuable content, so even if you decide that B-School isn’t right for you right now, you’ll get heaps out of tips and ideas out of the training anyway. Win-win! You can get the videos here.