As I wrote in the previous blog post a lot of people are really kind telling me they think what I have done, starting Bag-all, is really great. In the next sentence they say; “but I could never do that“. When I ask why, they say; “Well I am not like you. I can’t do all the things you can.”
I have two words for all those people: Not true!
Honestly, if I can start my own business so can anybody! When I started Bag-all I had zero business training (I still don’t). I didn’t know the first thing about producing goods or even how to find a factory. I had no clue how to sell and market anything. Did not know how to set up a webshop. You name it – I did not know how to do it!
But guess what – the same was true for having my first child. I didn’t know shit about babies, but that didn’t stop me and my husband. And I am guessing most of those people who think they can’t start their own business or follow their dreams, do have children and didn’t know too much about how to take care of them in advance. You simply learn as you go along. In my opinion having children and raising them requires the same amount of effort as starting your own business. Bag-all has most definitely become my forth child.
In my opinion there are four really important things you need to know to accomplish anything in life.
Nr 1: Get started!
As those of you who follow my blog knows, I love great quotes. This one is so true:
2. Cherish problems, (because they will come).
If you have a dream all you have to do is get started. And now I am going to tell you something really important about starting something new:
When you get started – EXPECT PROBLEMS! Don’t expect it to go exactly like you plan. Be in a mindset of: Problems are Guidelines, not Stop signs. They are there to teach us things about our business and life in general. Once you start expecting problems the less they affect you in a negative way and they don’t zap your energy.
Also, when problems occur be prepared to change your original plan. This is not a failure. It’s being smart and adaptable!
I had so many set backs in the beginning, it was truly two steps forward, one step back – uphill. But as in exercising the more you practise uphill the stronger you get.
3. Praise yourself
Another really important thing to do when you start a business (and really any time in life) is to focus on the things you DO accomplish. Don’t focus on what didn’t get done. Put those things on a to-do-list (don’t think you can keep it all in your head, you need to have it on a list) and then put your attention to all the things you got done, big and small, during the day. I bet you will realise that it is a lot. Once you realise how accomplished you are you will start feeling proud of yourself. Allow yourself to give yourself praise “wow – I did a really good job today”. The feeling of pride automatically leeds to feeling grateful. Which brings me to the next quote:
4. Be grateful
Really anyone can start their own business or pursue their dreams (not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur). Don’t let thoughts of all the things you don’t know how to do limit you. Rest assured you will learn how to do them along the way.
We are all equally great and deserve to live our dream!
Have a great weekend friends!
The Bag-all Asia Tour is soon coming to an end. We are filled with energy and impressions from this beautiful continent. After meeting so many nice people and seeing amazing places, this trip has left us feeling extremely inspired.
Tokyo has been particularly inspiring and its with a long list of new product ideas that we will be heading back to New York. So stay tuned for new, upcoming favorites to our collections!
No rest for the wicked! We started off this year by traveling to Asia, where we've been visiting suppliers, customers and fabric markets in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
Now it's time to keep on moving and our next destination is Japan. We're very excited, especially about visiting Bag-all Travel Pop-up stores in Tokyo.
If you want to know more, follow our trip on Instagram: @bag_all.