5th November 2011 was a very special date for me. It was the 10 year anniversary of my first day of going Self Employed. 10 years ago I escaped the corporate rat race and embarked on a quest to design life, work, success and freedom on my own terms. There have been many lessons that I have learnt along the way. Here are just a few of them:

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Top 10 Lessons from 10 years being Self Employed

Top 10 Lessons from 10 years being Self Employed5th November 2011 was a very special date for me.

It was the 10 year anniversary of my first day of going Self Employed.

10 years ago I escaped the corporate rat race and embarked on a quest to design life, work, success and freedom on my own terms.

There have been many lessons that I have learnt along the way. Here are just a few of them:

Top 10 Lessons from 10 years being Self Employed

1. It is vital to create your own definition of success based on your core values to live and work on your own terms.

2. The path to business success & the ideal life isn’t linear. Accepting this is essential.

3. Not everyone works from the same level of integrity, standards and ethics. Be careful who you let into your space.

4. You can’t be firing on all cylinders 100% of the time. Be kind to yourself if you lose your mojo sometimes. Beating yourself up serves no purpose.

5. Mindset dictates your results in all areas of your life. Being committed to learning how to improve it is a no brainer.

6. When the brown stuff hits the fan, there is always an opportunity lurking in there somewhere.

7. Being a Lone Ranger is a recipe for disaster. It is important to build a support team of like minded people who share the same values.

8. Working with GOOD QUALITY mentors & coaches speeds up progress and results.

9. Having a clear vision of where you want your business AND life to go is key to guide your actions and avoid wasting time on stuff that doesn’t move you forward.

10. Relationships are the life blood of the Self Employed and a fulfilling life.

I am not going to give you a load of BS about how the last 10 years have been a breeze. Because it hasn’t. There have been ups and downs, challenges to overcome and some whopping mistakes!

But through all of that, it has all been totally worth it because:

The freedom of living and working on your own terms, by your own definition of success, is priceless.

As I finish reflecting on the lessons of the last 10 years and look towards what I intend to create in my business and life moving forward, I invite you to join me in making a commitment to yourself to grab the unlimited potential being Self Employed offers.

Make a commitment to design your ideal life and business and start taking steps to turn it into reality.

You up for it?

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  • Brilliant list Ali and congratulations on 10 years! Curious to see what the future holds 🙂

  • Ali Davies

    Glad you liked it Sandi.

  • Ali Davies

    Hi Pam – Welcome to my blog. Appreciate your good wishes. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Ali Davies

    Thanks Sue. No. 2 one of my faves too. Once I “got” that, everything became so much easier.

  • Hi Pam – Welcome to my blog. Appreciate your good wishes. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Thanks Sue. No. 2 one of my faves too. Once I “got” that, everything became so much easier.

  • Thanks Sandi. Glad you liked it.

  • Give yourself a big pat on the back Ali, 10 years is a great achievement. I’ve been in business a decade too, and wholeheartedly agree with your top 10 lessons. Wish I’d known them back in 2001!

  • Pamela Slim

    Happy anniversary Ali! Here is to continued brilliance in the next decade of your business.

  • Sue Mitchell

    Great list. I especially love #2. Congratulations on 10 years. Inspiring!

  • Amanda – congratulations on being in business a decade yourself. It is good to stop and reflect and celebrate how far we have come and use those lessons to support us in moving forward.

  • Malcolm

    Well done Ali and thank you for your continuing support 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on finding the courage and determination to pull off 10 years on your own!  All the best on your next 100 (yes, one hundred).

  • Thanks Gary. It has been a labour of love.

  • Thanks for dropping by Malcolm.

  • Hi Ali, Thanks for your top 10 lessons! I had my first day as a self employed person yesterday – I managed to finish it with a sense of achievement so it is a start 🙂 I like your blogs and read with interest so thank you for taking the time to post them.

  • Hi Charlotte
    Congratulations on your first day being Self Employed. Thank you for your feedback on my blog posts. Delighted that you enjoy them.

  • Ali, first of all congratulations! There are so many people who dream of doing what you have done. It takes a lot of guts to go for it and stick with it. Second, thank you so much for sharing what you’ve learned along the way. These nuggets of knowledge are not only encouragement for those who are still dreaming, but for those of us doing, especially on those days when the “brown stuff hits the fan” 😀

  • Hi Mary-Lynn – welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind words. So glad you found the post useful. Thanks for dropping by.