Becoming a mother has been the most beautiful yet most challenging experience of my life. The truth is babies don’t come with instructions! 99% of the parenting is trial and error, then hope for the best.
It wasn’t until I went back to work and became an entrepreneur that I realized how much motherhood had prepared me to be a leader.
The skills that I have acquired while being a mom are invaluable. Motherhood, like business, is unpredictable and requires you to think on your feet. Both often don’t provide immediate satisfaction, but the reward is often unmeasurable if you look past the bad days and keep going.
Here are some lessons I learned from motherhood that has served me well in business.
1. Always listen to your intuition.
When you first have a baby, everyone wants to tell you what to do and how to do it. The unsolicited advice of people that think they know better than you come flooding in. In reality, YOU, as the mother, know best; your instincts will guide you to provide the best care and support for your child. Same in business, as an entrepreneur or a corporate leader, you often know the best route to take. Yet, you let the doubt and the opinion of others steer you in the wrong direction. I’m here to tell you to listen to your intuition and go for it!
2. Choose your team wisely.
Choosing a partner to co-parent is one of the most critical decisions you would ever make. Parenting is complicated, and if you don’t have a supportive partner that is willing to be 100% present, you could be taking a lot of the responsibility. Same when it comes to business, if you don’t choose the people on your team wisely, it could end up being more work than necessary for you, and often you will not achieve your goals.
3. Make time to rest
Mom burnout is real! Being responsible for another human is exhausting. Making sure they are fed, healthy, and loved takes a lot of energy. If you don’t make time to rest and reset, you will drive yourself to the ground. As in business, your company or career is often your baby, and you try to give it your all (working around the clock). But that’s only sustainable for so long; after a while of working non-stop, you will find yourself depleted and burned out. To avoid burning out in business or motherhood, I make sure to rest, schedule “me time,” and get plenty of sleep. I advise you do the same.
I love to share my experience through motherhood in hopes that it will help a mom trying to figure it all out. If you would like to learn more about my experience as a soon-to-be mom of two, check out this episode of the Becoming Alpha Podcast.