Staying True to Your Core Values Will Make You a Better Business Owner
Apr 28, 2017 | By: Johnson Photography, Inc.
This morning, I woke up extra early with my head spinning from a letter that was forming in my head. Recently, my son passed the MA Real Estate exam and is about to embark on an exciting new career path. As a mother and business owner for 25 years, I felt there was so much I wanted to share with him.
But as I thought over the words I wanted to share, I realized why I felt so strongly about this advice—it is what makes up my core values, upon which I built my business. These are the things that I have made my standard and that have defined the way I have conducted myself over the last 25 years. They define my reputation—and so, to me, they are more than just words of advice from a mother to her son. They are words that anyone going into the business world can live by.
So, to my son and to any young person about to embark on a new career, I offer this advice:
Be authentic and embrace who you are.
Always conduct yourself ethically.
Always do the right thing, even if it is hard sometimes.
Always treat people the way you would like to be treated.
Go above and beyond every time for your clients.
Expect more of yourself than others might.
Mistakes will happen—we are human—but always be willing to admit them and move on.
Listen to your clients and provide exceptional customer service.
Leave your problems at home; clients don’t want to hear them.
Enjoy what you do and let it show.
Don’t rest on your laurels.
Always continue to learn.
Surround yourself with smart, trustworthy people in your industry.
And above all, strive to be the best at what you do.
I hope that this advice touches someone who is taking those first steps into the business world. These goals and mantras have helped me get to where I am today, and I feel they are extremely important to building a lifelong career. Good luck!