If you want to be successful in life, it’s imperative to focus on your own self first. You have to learn to treat yourself well and not be too hard. If you want to keep yourself motivated, give yourself something to look forward to. No matter how passionate you are about what you’re doing, do give yourself a time out!
Our next conversation with a small business owner will show you how! Meet Nicole from Paper Game Co, who makes it a point to plan treats for herself to stay motivated. A little goes a long way. And the results are in front of you! Read on.
THAT’S A GREAT NUMBER OF SALES IN MERE 2 YEARS! YOU HAVE DONE AMAZINGLY WELL!
CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOUR SHOP IS ABOUT.
Thank you! Paper Game Co is a stationery shop that offers an array of unique, artist-made paper goods. It’s my happy place, an outlet through which I can share the things I love with the world.
HOW WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU STARTED OFF YOUR BUSINESS? PLEASE SHARE YOUR INITIAL EXPERIENCE.
Oh boy, the beginning was definitely rough! However, my struggles had more to do with family acceptance than it did with my business. I had been fresh out of college when I started Paper Game Co, and opting out of a socio-normative corporate job in favor of starting my own business did not garner my parents’ approval (and I don’t blame them)! But after a while, I think they have come to terms with my decision. They are actually quite supportive of me now, after seeing how hard I am working to reach my dreams.
LET’S LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Living somewhere in a secluded cabin in rural New Zealand! In all honesty, though, I have no idea. I would like to be in a position where I am financially sound and location independent enough to pursue my other passions, such as traveling. Personal freedom has always been the end goal I had hoped to achieve.
HOW DO YOU PUSH YOURSELF THROUGH LOW TIMES? WE’D LOVE SOME ADVICE ON THIS!
Plan a treat for yourself. No matter how much you love what you do, you will inevitably have down times. I personally find having something... Read more.