Asked to draw a picture of success, I doubt your vision would look like this: Me in a coffee shop, sitting alone at a table for six, waiting in vain for anyone else to show up.
“Success,” though, is deeply misleading.
When you’re on the right path, every step forward is a victory.
On the wrong path, every step — no matter how well-received by the world — takes you farther away from the place you ought to be.
I’ve recently traveled both roads.
Eight months ago …
As motherbility’s first anniversary neared last September, this website was doing well … better, in fact, than I had anticipated.
The number of page views surpassed my expectations. Our readership was growing.
Yet all the joy I’d felt when I started motherbility was gone.
Motherbility’s role in life is to be a hub of information, inspiration and connection for moms who want to run their own businesses. I’d launched it as a blog, just to get things going.
But a year in, I realized motherbility was in danger of never being anything else.
There’s nothing wrong with blogs. I read and enjoy several. (My personal favorite.) But while blogs are an important part of motherbility, they’re not its sole purpose.
Even worse, I was the only writer, and I realized motherbility was on the wrong path.
Eight months ago, motherbility had become about me.
So … I paused, pondered and ultimately, pivoted — away from the “success” motherbility had found … and toward what I always intended motherbility to be.
I knew there’d be a cost. (For one thing, far fewer of you are reading this than anything I wrote in this space a year ago.)
The reward, however, was greater: I found joy in motherbility again, because it was back on the right track.
Success = finding and pursuing your purpose. Joy naturally follows.
Motherbility’s current metrics wouldn’t astound the world.
I, however, am giddy with its success — because motherbility is back to being about you.
More than 30 women have joined Hire A Mom, our new directory of mom-owned businesses.
Our popular Motherbility Mom series resumes this week.
And, yes, I’ve launched motherbility’s Mom Hour, a casual chat time with entrepreneurial moms:
Thus far (two weeks in), our “chat time” has been just me, sitting alone in a coffee shop.
But every step forward is a success when you’re on the right path.
So, this and every Wednesday at 9 a.m., you’ll find me at Common Ground in Middleton, WI, ready with a plate of muffins for anyone who’d like to meet up.
Maybe this week someone will join me, or the following week or the one after that.
Me and my joy-filled heart will be waiting. I’ll save you a chair.