How did your get you where you are right now? What led to this moment in your career?
Getting clear on your history can help you better map out your future.
I’ve found that a lot of folks, who are struggling with mapping out a story for their new home-based business, can get a handle on it by looking at their history.
Your Biography — Sort Of
A mini biography of the work you’ve done and projects you’ve been involved with can help you to see why you’re here. Taking a look at what brought you to where you are is a great way to see:
- Where your skills have been best used
- What type of work and tasks you like best
- What your new business will focus on
- Where you might need to get some help
- What you need to learn and practice more
Writing out your history is a good exercise for really understanding your work life. It’s amazing how few of us grasp what path and choices have brought us to the current point in our careers.
I’ve found that by looking at my past work, and relating it to a new venture, I better understand why I’m pursuing it. There are always clear indications of times and turning points that lead to the work you’re doing now.
Starting with that, gives a “back-story” to your new venture. The plans you make going forward will be influenced by past actions. Knowing what those are in advance will help make them a useful tool for outlining your business story.
The past may not equal the future, but it is the road that brought you here.
Don’t be afraid to explore it.