To commemorate our one year anniversary Love, Mom (formerly Love, Emoem) invited a group of our featured Real Moms to The Breakfast Club at Saks Fifth Avenue at Sherway Gardens, where they received me-time treatments courtesy of Tata Harper and noshed on yummies from Pusateri’s. The highlight of our morning was hearing our very own Real Mom Joanna Track (the digital mastermind behind sweetspot.ca, Eluxe and most recently, thebullet.ca) dole out words of wisdom about being a successful entrepreneur and career-loving mom.
JOANNA’S 5 TRIED-AND-TRUE RULES TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR
1. Know Thyself
Remember, this is about you—what is important to you and what makes you happy. Focus on what you’re good at and outsource the rest; trust others and most importantly, it’s ok to say ‘no’.
2. Set Healthy Goals, Not Lofty Ones
Size doesn’t matter. Think quality over quantity. My motto is to be a zebra (aka: be unique and stand out), not a unicorn (they’re not real). The process is a slow and steady one; keep your eye on ONE ball at a time.
3. Your Time is Worth More Than Money
Manage it the way you would you bank account (or better!) Analyze your time and map out the hours of your day. You’ll find those empty spots where you can dedicate it to focusing on you—whether it’s getting exercise, staying healthy or reading a book. Put a timer on your social media interaction (so you have more time for what counts)! Make sure that you’re putting the right price on your time. For example, farm out a $10/hr job while you focus on the $100/hr job.
4. Have Boundaries
Know them; love them. Just because you have a demanding client doesn’t mean they own your free time. Set a precedent. People learn from you how you want to be treated. Two email tips: Never apologize for a tardy response; skip starting an email with, ‘Hope all is well’.
5. Be a ‘Bad’ Mom
Pick your moments. The quality of time you spend with your kids is better than the quantity. Be all there for them, wherever they are, even if it’s just on your knees with them digging in the dirt. If waves come and wash away what you’ve done, just keep digging.
“It’s not me.
It’s a saboteur.
My history tells me my future.
I WILL make shit happen.
I will always have enough money/time/love.”
Below: A few highlights from the Saks Sherway Gardens and Joanna Track Breakfast Club event, with Tata Harper and Pusateri’s.