A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event in London which was part of The Work Life Balance Project; a new social movement encouraging people like you and I to build our careers around something we love doing, and to generally just look after ourselves: mentally and physically, in our work and in our own time.
The event was hosted by digital business expert Camilla Mary Rose, Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, and fitness blogger Carly Rowena. Walking into the small dimly-lit cocktail bar just off of busy Trafalgar Square, made it feel more like I was going in to meet an old friend rather than hang out with some of the top influencers in the health and fitness industry. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming; I wanted to make the most of it so sat in the front row and struck up a conversation with a lovely lady called Sophie, another Harley Street nutritionist. We chatted away, mostly about food, and she was very happy to answer my long list of questions about what it was like to train as a nutritionist.
The talk began and the women’s stories unfolded: explaining how they have grown their businesses out of nothing but pure passion, the struggles they have overcome and the achievements they’ve made. A lot of points really resonated with me, and I clearly wasn’t the only one; by the end there was a sea of hands from the audience, people opening up about how they felt a lack of confidence to begin something new, how they felt constantly unhappy and stressed in their current job or how they can’t shake the feeling of ‘imposter syndrome’…a term I had never heard before but can really relate to. Every question was met with head nodding from the rest of the audience, and some very valuable answers from the speakers.
I thought I would share a few of the key pieces of advice that I found helpful, from both a business and psychological point of view:
- Treat your body like a business, it’s the best investment you will ever make: Whatever your job is, your health is the thing that allows you to do that job; it’s so important to nourish ourselves with good food, exercise and get enough sleep. These are often areas of our lives which are compromised if we are taken over by a heavy workload.
- If you want something, you have to graft: Of course, luck can be a wonderful thing, but successful businesses often take years of hard work and preparation. It’s a step by step process and each stage is just as important as the next, life is not an emergency.
- Say YES to things and don’t be disheartened if those things fail: It’s been said time and time again, but we do learn and grow from our mistakes. Even if we feel we’re going ‘off-track’, the right path often finds its way back to us.
- Whatever it is you do, get yourself out there: Find events, network and CONNECT with people…you never know who you might meet, what you could learn from them and where that could lead you.
It was truly empowering to be surrounded by very like-minded people, and even after the talk had finished, the room was buzzing from everyone chatting, giving advice and swapping social media platforms, in order to keep in touch and support eachothers’ work. I left the event with exciting new ideas in my head, a list of very valuable contacts on my phone…and a free chocolate brownie in my hand. I’d definitely call that a success.