Home stagers, I love the resourcefulness and natural curiosity of kids. Problem solving is how they learn. Sadly, as adults we often lose that. We talk ourselves out of things we really want.
In other words, we can’t get out of our own way!
This little story about Charlie and his loose tooth has great reminders about how we can be more successful. Solving “problems” leads to success in our home staging business.
Charlie says, “Mom, I really need a play date with Caroline. Her sister has a Nerf gun that pulls out loose teeth.”
He wants to lose his tooth more than anything, even though it will hurt for a bit. To accomplish his goal, he’s:
- Trying out different solutions.
- Asking others for advice.
- Figured out creative ways to use what he has.
- Considering what resources his friends/connections have.
- Weighing the anticipated discomfort or inconvenience against how much he wants Tooth Fairy Money.
Most kids take these steps instinctively. Otherwise, they’d never learn to walk, climb up to a shelf for something they want, or enjoy hours playing with an empty carton.
Home Stagers Can Use These Steps Too
As we get older, we often lose our instincts for following these steps to solve a challenge.
We come to believe we’re helpless to direct or own lives, or forget how to find creative solutions to get what we want.
Or worse, we convince ourselves that just because we’re afraid or we haven’t tried something before, we shouldn’t do it. The anticipated discomfort stops us from making decisions and moving towards our dreams.
It’s easy to look at a successful home stager and imagine they have some hidden talent, knowledge or skill— or that they never had to worry about money.
This self-limiting mindset totally closes off possibilities and keeps you stuck exactly where you are.
When I started my first business after leaving the corporate world, people said, “Oh, it’s different for you.” Perhaps they thought I magically wouldn’t face any consequences if I failed?
I had just purchased my first condo, had a big mortgage and no spouse to support me. What I didn’t have in resources, I made up for in resourcefulness.
Solving most challenges involves the same steps you knew as a child and forgot along the way. This begins with taking a good look at what strengths you already have and how you can get the other resources you need.
I’ve helped over 30,000 students in 24 countries learn how to make a living from their decorating talent. And it’s worth WAY more than Tooth Fairy Money!
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