So I mentioned in my earlier blog that my lack of Aloe knowledge was a real barrier to taking the plunge. I mean really, how could I expect people to take me seriously when I basically knew bugger all?! And not forgetting I had achieved the apparent impossible by killing an Aloe plant. Epic fail (yet still a little impressive no?)
I recently read Richard Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It (brilliant read btw) and I found myself feeling quite smug that I’d actually used some of his philosophies when I took the plunge 8 months ago. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not for a moment suggesting I’m the next Richard Branson. Jeez, the guy is mad is the nicest possible way! Never will you see me in a balloon over the sea, just to prove it’s possible! I have been in a hot air balloon – it was a great experience and I’m glad I did. But it was bloody petrifying and I probably won’t do it again. But the basic rule of go for it and learn as you go, well that is me to a tee (when my life isn’t in danger of course*).
Of course, I still have a lot to learn (oh I do love to learn though) but I know a lot more now than I ever imagined I’d know about Aloe. (Between you and me I even have a thriving (and very alive) Aloe plant in the kitchen… Shhh..) Believe me, my aspiration as a young girl was never to learn about Aloe and make a business from it. Can you imagine? ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ ‘I’d like to be an Aloe guru and tycoon’. Yeah, not something you’re likely to hear from a child. That said, my Aloe loving babies may just surprise us all and break that mould…
So what does learning as you go actually mean? Well obviously common sense plays a part. I read a book or two, did a bit of googling, asked a lot of questions of those in the know. But by far the best lesson was embracing the products. There are so many, I have to admit its initially a little scary. But hey, I had a box, full of the stuff, so why not just try them all? I put away everything single high street brand that could be replaced by my new products and I set to work. I say work, but all that meant was using them and making an honest decision on whether I liked them or not. Now, another scary element of this – what if I hate them all? Phew, thank god I didn’t! In fact, I’m a little bit in love with all of them. If you cut me in half, I’d trickle Aloe.
So learning as you go isn’t a bad thing. In my opinion it’s the most honest way of learning. I’m sure they say (I’d love to know who they are, fountain of knowledge right there) experience is the best way to do it.Well right or wrong, I believe that’s the truth. And I apply the same principle to business building too (more on that at a later date). If your mind is open to learning, you’ll learn. Simples.
Well, it’s 8.30pm, I’m hungry, and I quite fancy a relaxing Aloe bath. So I’ll leave you to enjoy your Friday evening.
Laters lovelies xx
*Goes without saying btw. I’m not mental 😉