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Thriving Through Challenges: A Growth Mindset for Small Business Owners

Hey there, fellow hustlers! 🚀

Ever launched something with all the excitement, only to be met with the deafening sound of silence? Yep, I've been there. Today, let's talk about navigating challenges in your business journey and turning failures into stepping stones. Ready to elevate your growth mindset? Let's dive in!

The Truth About Success

Let's clear the air – overnight success is a rare unicorn. True success comes from taking deliberate steps towards your goals. In this guide, we'll explore how embracing challenges and learning from failures are crucial steps on your journey to business growth.

1. Why Challenges Are Your Growth Opportunities

Take a peek at your to-do list. Are the toughest tasks constantly shuffled to the bottom? It might be time to level up. Facing challenges – whether launching a product, handling a tough client situation, or diving into your financials – sparks long-term, fulfilling growth. Here's a sneak peek:

  1. Choose a significant challenge.

  2. Outline your intentions and draw out goals.

  3. Turn those goals into actionable steps.

  4. Assess the risks.

  5. Begin, one step at a time.

Suddenly, hurdles become stepping stones. You've got this!

Action: Challenge Identification - Acknowledge a challenge as an opportunity for growth and set a goal to confront it. (In my full course, we'll dive even deeper into strategies for conquering your unique challenges.)

2. Learning Gold from Failure

I've messed up. I've failed. So many times.

(What a thing to admit in an online forum, amiright?)

But you know what - messing up, making mistakes, failing, getting it WRONG - this is when we learn the most, we grow the most, we change the most. Going through life hoping that it will always be smooth-sailing, means you're hoping for a stagnant life. Facing challenges and adversities is when we are truly tested and can step up and reach greater heights.

If you can actively redefine failure - as a valuable part of the journey, rather than an end - you're way along the path to unlocking that next-level growth mindset!

"Failures teach us flexibility, adaptability, and how to overcome obstacles. It teaches us to use change to our advantage. It keeps us nimble and helps us adopt that growth mindset." - BetterUp 

Action: Failure Reflection - Recall a significant failure, learn from it, and plan to avoid a repeat.

3. Building Resilience

Resilience is your secret sauce. It's about bouncing back when things don't go as planned. Resilient people acknowledge, learn, and move forward. Build resilience by framing situations positively and using language that empowers.

"Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don't go as planned. Resilient people don't wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward." - MindTools 

Action: Resilience Journal - Create a journal to record challenges, setbacks, and your emotional response. Use it to track your progress in building resilience.

4. Owning Your Business Power

How are you showing up within your business? It may seem silly, but have you taken a second to think about how you're labelling yourself?

"Oh, I'm just a photographer/florist/make-up artist"

NO FRIEND - you're SO much more than that.

The best way to kick imposter syndrome in the butt is to take full ownership of WHO you are and WHAT you bring to the table, especially within your company (even if your company is just YOU!).

Because let's be honest, as a small business owner, you're probably:

  • marketing director

  • financial director

  • creative director

  • accounts manager

  • head of client communications

  • social media manager

  • operations manager

  • and and and!

The list never ends!

I definitely noticed the change when I stopped calling myself "just a photographer", and claimed ownership of my role as CEO! I remember playing around with those three letters in my brain - letting them roll around in there, repeating them to myself. I remember my chest rising, my shoulders straightening, my head lifting.

Action: Label Yourself - Claim a title that resonates with your role and boldly step into that new realm. (In my full course, I'll guide you through the transformative process of fully owning your role within your business.)

Key Takeaways

By the end of this post, you've scratched the surface of recognising the intrinsic value of challenges and setbacks. Equipped with strategies to embrace challenges, learn from failure, and cultivate resilience, get ready to transform obstacles into stepping stones on your journey to a growth mindset.

Keep pushing through, friend. Growth is tough but transformative. You're doing amazing!

Next Steps: Ready to dive deeper into these strategies and transform your mindset? Check out my full course for an in-depth exploration of how to navigate challenges and foster a growth mindset in your business journey.

All of our courses are primarily targeted at creative small businesses - however these tips and tricks are applicable to a multitude of businesses out there! At the core of it all, all businesses operate in a very similar manner, and you'll be apply to apply the information contained to any biz model.

Did that convince you? Yes! YAY! Then let's dive in!  


Robyn Davie is the CEO of the Robyn Davie Creative Studio brand, based in Johannesburg. Her all-female team offers lifestyle photography, photo book design, and studio rental through Fynn Studio.

She has Psychology and Corporate Communication degrees, and is currently doing a masters degree in Germany. She has more than 18 years combined experience, managing her company; working as an art director and wardrobe stylist; running her own jewellery line in Los Angeles; and working in events in New York and Johannesburg.

Her brand has proudly partnered with the iStore from 2020-2023, and won multiple awards through Admired in Africa. Innovation is at the forefront of what they do - always adapting their product offerings, and aiming to stand out from the crowd with fresh, bold and bright photography.

In 2023 the Fynn brand is very excited to start offering online courses to empower other creative entrepreneurs. Robyn is also embarking on an exciting new journey - taking on a masters degree in Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from her new base in Germany. Her courses will be infused with the new knowledge she acquires along the way!



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