I was humming and hah’ing about what to write about in this week’s blog post. I’ve given my motivational books a break as it is time to put things I have learned into action. One thing I realised this week is that people are social creatures. Whether we admit it or not, we need one another. We all strive for independence from quite early ages. Those childhood memories come flooding back: “No, Dad, I can do that”; “No, Mom, I want to do that myself”! Tying shoelaces, climbing trees, riding our bicycles – who of you remember that far back? Maybe it’s an “age thing” but I have become quite sentimental in thinking about my childhood and how uncomplicated it was. (Yes, I was extremely fortunate)!
As a Virtual Assistant and small business owner it is important to be independent. “Me, myself, I”. There is no one else that is accountable for my success but me. In the same breath I have to say that as independent as I am, I have found it crucial to surround myself with a network of people who I can turn to when I need assistance. My accountant helps me with my income tax returns, my attorney helps with contracts and legalities when needed and my Facebook Groups and I mention them by name: “Reach Your Goals” – Francis van Wyk; “Virtual Assistant Tribe” – Reese Ben Yaacov; “Your Special Virtual Assistant” – Suzanne Nee and “Virtual Assistant Hub” – Crystal Curren have all been invaluable to me. Working solo means that we subject ourselves to a certain amount of loneliness. Being part of a group means I can pop in for a quick chat or advice and don’t feel so alone.
If you are reading this blog as a new Virtual Assistant and are starting out on your journey, please join up with a couple of groups where you can socialise with like-minded people. It is so important. If you are a seasoned Virtual Assistant or even a small business owner in an unrelated profession I heartily recommend you find a group where you can unwind and bounce ideas off the members. It makes such a difference to know that we are supported and part of a network.
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” Amy Poehler
See you on line,
P.S. All comments and observations are welcomed.