My voracious appetite for sage advice on business-building and happiness-making, lead me to read Jessica Herrin’s book, Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms. I read it not only once, but twice and took 4.5 pages of sloppy and excited notes. Jessica is the founder and CEO of Stella & Dot Family Brands…a $1 billion dollar enterprise all while parenting two active little ladies. It was difficult to narrow down only ten take-aways as this book will definitely become a resource manual for me that won’t get passed along. (Instead, I’ll buy fresh copies without underlines to share…look for a Soulshine Boutique give-away!) Jumping right in, here are the points I found most soul-satisfying:
- Traits of an entrepreneur: Independent, confident, passionate, driven, decisive and tenacious….all of which are habits of the mind and able to develop.
- Successful does not mean happy. Fulfilled and happy equals success. Extraordinary success includes doing well at something you love and being well regarded by those that matter most to you, especially yourself.
- It’s not a bad thing to be confident in yourself… how else could your success and happiness overflow onto others so you can nurture them, help them love their lives and find their own strength?
- Who are the people you love so much that their joy is your joy? These are the only people you should be trying to impress.
- Aim to be a bit better every single day. Look around at the world and your life… do you like what you see? Envision the way you’d like it to be instead of the way it is and that’s your start. Make a few people happier every day…that’s a better world.
- Six P’s of Entrepreneurial Spirit: Passion, Path, Positivity, People, Perseverance, and Productivity. (You’ll have to read the book to gain individual P-understanding).
- Time mastery: Do creative things in the morning, block your time, stop checking your phone every 30 min, do ‘like’ activities together – no brain switching.
- Make yourself a priority. Take 30 min to exercise, take care of self in order to be strong-minded, energetic, sleep better, invest in self, stretch your brain. No guilt over self-improvement.
- Traits of an extraordinary leader: have an authentic interest in helping others be their best, show love for your work, show up, be goal oriented, be positive and diminish drama. Shine the light on what you want to grow.
- GRATITUDE: Be grateful and you’ll always have enough. Look at what you have instead of what you don’t have…it takes discipline to keep thoughts in check so give up the guilt.
Find Your Extraordinary is a marvelous and inspiring read. I couldn’t put it down and was excited at the incremental changes I could position into my life. While sometimes the task seems insurmountable and change feels overwhelming, implementing one single change at a time is less scary. I’ll be working on time-blocking my schedule in efforts to be the boss of my calendar instead of the slave. This book will stay close-by for reference because, well, who doesn’t want to be extraordinary?!