As some of my clients know, I took a fall in early December 2015, albeit not a fun fall, and broke my left ring-finger in 2 places with a fracture down the middle. I was preparing for a holiday party with my business partners Shelly and Jennifer. As an entrepreneur, the lessons I learned from this experience are valuable, and I would love to share them with you.
My ever-so-friendly suggestions are:
1.) Trust your gut! Do not wear high heels on stairs! Yes, I have sworn off them completely! I should’ve known being the graceful woman that I am, I should not have attempted such a feat. Trust your instincts (whether it’s a business deal or trying to climb or descend stairs), and if you have any hesitation, listen to your gut. Pause and remove the hesitation – or the heels.
2.) Have a backup plan for work. I have a pretty physical job. I lift, write, sort…well, do everything with my hands (and as luck would have it, I broke a finger on my dominant hand). I learned how to become clever and tactile with my right hand, but the biggest thing I learned was to hire an assistant to help me with my clients. That was a life-saver (and just as sweet as the candy)! I would suggest having a backup plan for your job, too. Hire an assistant when you are physically or mentally unable to do your work, obtain short/long-term disability insurance, and have supportive friends and family to help you with tasks at home. These things helped me maintain my current workload without having to take too much out of my cash flow.
These are of course just a few things that I learned while “on the mend,” but I found them completely transferable to everyday situations. They also helped me gain focus and clarity with my work because I didn’t have to worry so much about all of the details once a solution was found.
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