There are at least 5 important things you need to win at daycare.
And believe me - I want you to WIN! But growing up, I can't say everyone wanted ME to win.
Let me tell you a story:
When I was in 4th grade, one of my teachers came up to me and said that I will never accomplish anything in life, that I will never move out of my parents house and that I am pretty much worthless and waste of a human being. She said I had nothing to contribute to this world.
She was CRUEL.
Her words were painful, devastating and unnecessary.
You know what? She taught me a valuable lesson: not everyone in my life was going to be my cheerleader and support my dreams and goals.
And unfortunately, not everyone in your life is going to support you either.
Perhaps even right now - you are in a place where a close family member, or a life-long friend is saying that you don’t have what it takes to run a successful daycare business. Or maybe they predict that your daycare will never have a full enrollment. Or perhaps they claim that your daycare will never be as good as “Lucy’s daycare.” Or maybe they just never seem to take your business seriously.
It stinks. It hurts.
Promise me this: do not listen to those people!
At a very young age, I had to decide if I was going to believe my teacher and let her words ruin my life, or if I was going to let her words motivate me to do my best and live life to the fullest.
I chose to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals. I am a fighter. I was determined to prove my teacher wrong. But even more importantly - I was determined to prove to myself that I had what it took to live my own life, and not somebody else’s idea of my life.
What are you going to choose, my friend?
Are you going to let those negative people ruin your daycare business? Or are you going to work hard, do your best and have one of the greatest daycares in town?
The choice is YOURS.
Here are 5 things daycare providers need to WIN at daycare:
You have to believe in yourself and your business first, if you want others to believe in it. Become your #1 fan. Don’t be afraid to listen to people’s advice. But always consider the source.
Things take time. You will find your groove. Some days you will be winning and some days you will be learning. It might be scary, but if so - do it scared!
Keep your word, and always deliver what you promised. But don’t be afraid to apologize if you messed up. We are all humans. We all make mistakes.
Being kind is a strength, not a weakness. Don’t be a jerk, especially when people are being unkind. Control your emotions. Respond with respect. And remember - you can be both firm, and friendly.
Never stop driving that dream. Continue to set goals and watch your business grow.
But no matter where you go from here and what you accomplish, I want you to know that you are FABULOUS. It’s honestly my honor to cheer you on, my beautiful daycare providers! You are an incredible tribe, and I love you all so much!
If you need extra tips on how to run a succesful daycare business,
check out The Fabulous Provider Guide!
You're gonna love it!
PS. And just in case you are wondering, my teacher was completely wrong. I did not stay at my parent’s house for the rest of my life. I actually moved across the ocean. I am running my own business. And I am loving life!