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From the Desk of GaBBY: Five Lessons from Five Years in Business

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I can’t believe this business is five years old! In honor of hitting this milestone, I am going to share five tips I have learned over the past few years. Let’s get started!

#1 Practice, practice, practice. You may see me now speaking in front of different people, all quantities and ages, but when we first started the business, I would have never been able to do it. I would have been walking cowardly on stage and not speaking loud and clear. But the reason I am able to speak with such confidence now is because I practiced. I encourage you and your kids to do this, even if it’ll be for a play at school or a presentation at work. When you practice, you get to be familiar with what you are doing or saying. My teachers always say that practice makes permanent, not perfect. When you practice, you want to do the best you can so that you can do your best when you actually perform or speak.

#2 NO just means Next Opportunity. I have said this a lot in my speeches, in lives, and in interviews. That’s because it has really changed my life. In the beginning, I would be so upset when we heard a no from anyone. It felt like we were failing, but as I got older and realized that no’s were a part of life, I was able to move on and keep going. So don’t ever let NO stop you, and don’t be disappointed when you hear it, because an opportunity will come afterwards!

#3 Persevere and never give up. This one is very important to me as well because I am a busy person. I have a business, I dance, and I am also in a gifted program in middle school. And when you are a person like me, every minute is valuable. It’s a lot of work and sometimes I have felt like giving up, but I don’t quit. I encourage you to keep going no matter what, even if you are tired or bored because hard work pays off.

#4 Go out of your comfort zone. If you would have seen me at my very first vendor show, I would be talking very quietly and I did not do most of the talking because I wasn’t ready to step out of my comfort zone and do new things. I introduced myself to new things and grew my confidence. Look at me now!

#5 Always use courage. This business has boosted my confidence and courage levels tremendously. I have been talking about my courage and confidence being low for the past four tips. Believe or not, this was Gabby five years ago--struggling with her self-confidence and being the shy person she is not today. You want to know how I grew? I always used courage. My parents helped me grow the mindset that I could be confident and courageous, and now I am able to use courage whenever. Growing your confidence and courage will help you succeed in life.

Thank you so much for being a part of this five year journey and I can’t wait to continue it! I hope those tips helped you!

Talk to you later!

Gabby



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