1. Energy And Wellbeing Alway Comes First
Every Wednesday for the last 3 months has been Escape Night.
Each evening was choc-a-bloc with learning, inspiration, motivation, fun and friends and I came away exhausted, but exhilarated to implement the tools, skills and hacks I had learnt.
For the rest of the week I would work heard, take a quick breathe and then do it all again the following Wednesday.
My disciplined routines that I had built and tweaked over the last few months went out the window.
In the last 2 weeks my energy levels have started to falter, transforming into peaks and troughs, rather than my preferred high and fairly smooth line.
I’m now having to learn how to manage my energy, wellbeing and adventures with building a business and it’s a constant work in progress.
The perfectionist inside me is kicking and screaming, wanting to find the perfect routine, sticking to my defined schedule and completing all of my target goals.
I’ve learnt that staying up till late to send out my Wild Friday email is not the way forward, nor waking up and immediately checking out how my twitter campaign is doing.
I’m learning to place my wellbeing first and Lilly Wild second, so then I can have more energy and enhance my productivity and motivation for both Lilly Wild and adventures.
2. Great Adventure Are To Be Had Indoors Too
Over the last 3 months I haven’t been on as many outdoor adventures as I would have liked.
However, I soon learnt that not all of life’s great adventures take place outside, some of them are to be found inside.
Escape The City has taught me that building a business is very much an indoor adventure and one that has me standing at the kitchen table in front of my laptop.
My journey with building Lilly Wild so far has led me down a unique and risky pathway…
This path has brought me great excitement, rewarded me in ways I’d never dreamed of, challenged my fears, pushed me mentally, enabled me to grow and bonded me with amazing people, all from my kitchen!
I think it’s the first big adventure I’ve been on where I haven’t contracted a virus or parasites which is always an added bonus!
I did try taking my indoor adventure outside, but found the grass was a perfect mattress to sleep on and the feeling on the sun sinking into my skin while I shut my eyes was too conducive to sleep..
This is something I’m working on too! How to take Lilly Wild outside!
3. There’s A Hack For That
Having followed Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Exec, and Tim Ferris, creator of the 4 hour work week, for many years and dabbled in the quantified self, which is self-knowledge about your health/wellbeing through self-tracking, I know that you can hack your body to better health.
However, I didn’t realise that you could apply this to your startup!
4. It’s All About The People
People, people, people.
The camaraderie, love, inspiration, electric, energy, happiness, confidence, trust, kindness, enthusiasm, positivity, optimism, willingness to help, warmth, motivation, encouragement, insights and much more fluffy jubilant and sparkly adjectives, from fellow escapees, past escapees and those supporting us escapees made the last 3 months out of this world extraordinary.
Just in case you don’t know, as defined by moi;
Extraordinary: a sensational experience with a deluge of multi-coloured glitter, rainbows, puppies, kittens, leprechauns and unicorns.
Surrounding myself in this sea of awesome people has made my experience extraordinary and I feel privileged to call all of those on the May-July 2016 Startup Tribe my friends.
I am also exceptionally grateful to those women who joined me in my crazy nut dance. I applaud you for also being crazy and joining me in the dance :)
5. An Idea With No Action Is Worth Nothing
Wise words from Derek Sivers, a worshipped guru Escape The City.
I had an idea to create a women’s outdoor brand. I didn’t know if it was a good idea or a bad idea.
I just knew I wanted to try it.
It was also the only idea that had been festering in the back of my mind for 5 years.
But with the encouragement and guidance from my mentors at Escape The City, I’ve been able to forge a path through small action steps. For without action, and it doesn’t have to be big, you will have no idea if it’s a bad or a good idea.
Which brings me nicely to…
6. Test, Test, Test!!
Have an idea? Go test it, Have a new idea? Go test it. Have a different idea? Go test it. Want to do something different? Go test it. Want to build an app? Go test it. Want to build a community? Go test it. Want to create gear? Go test it. Have any other idea or question? Go test it. Don’t hold back. Just go test it!
7. You Always Throw Out Your First Pancake
Launch Ugly, you need to see if the world will dig your brand.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t start perfect, if your website isn’t finished, you don’t know how to use wordpress, you don’t have beautiful pictures, not enough blog content, no products, no logo, no colour palette, no events, no podcasts, no app.
Just release it to the world!
If you’re feeling apprehensive, worried or concerned, then just look at how Facebook or YouTube started out….
You’ve got this, but don’t be afraid that it’s not perfect or beautiful. Let the world see it, experience it and improve your brand from there.
8. Keep your circle positive
We were introduced to the Benjamin Franklin Effect: You grow to like people for whom you do nice things and hate people you harm.
It’s a fascinating read, so I would recommend a good cup of tea to accompany you on the journey. The article will change how you interact with the world, it has for me.
So keep your circle positive. If you put awesome vibes and actions into the universe, then you will receive awesome vibes and actions back.
Paying it forward and sending out good karma into the world is woven into the fabric of the culture at Escape The City.
I’ve always tried to input positive energy and actions into the universe from smiling at strangers to volunteering, but at Escape The City they opened up a whole new mindset of how YOU through lots of small everyday acts can create fabulous consequences to you and to the next stranger.
Through this way of thinking you can help anyone using your skills, knowledge, expertise and kindness, from buying the person next to you a cup of coffee, helping someone with their branding to tying £5 and a note with a red ribbon round a lamppost for a stranger.