Episode 70: Enjoy The Journey!

Episode 70: Enjoy The Journey!

Today is your best day ever. Live that life like it matters. Do not let anything stop you and enjoy the journey. 

Susanne Mariga:Welcome to the Profit Talk Show. In this show, we’re going to explore strategies to help you maximize profits in your business while scaling and creating the lifestyle that you want as an entrepreneur. I am your host, Susanne Mariga. I am a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Profit First Professional and a Certified Tax Coach. And today, we’re going to talk about strategies to help you maximize profits in your business. 
Susanne Mariga:Welcome back to the Profit Talk Podcast. This week, there’s a couple of things going on that I want to make sure that you guys know about so that you can join us. We have another masterclass that will be starting up. Yes, another masterclass. And, I don’t want you to miss it where we’re going to literally be teaching you the ends and outs of Profit First.
Susanne Mariga:And, we’re going to spend five days together. An hour each time around your lunchtime. We’re going to really be diving into a different area in Profit First. And, I’m actually going to be helping you implement Profit First in your business. And the best thing about it is that, there’s no charge to you. It’s absolutely free. The joy that I get from this to pay off that I get from this is the fact that, I get to see another generation of entrepreneurs really pivot their legacy. So, if you have not already, please make sure you head over to our Facebook group Profit First Masterclass with Susanne Mariga in order to get enrolled for that next masterclass because I do not want you to miss this at all. It is going to be amazing. And in fact, I think this is going to be the last one that we’re going to do for the year, and I do not want you to miss it.
Susanne Mariga:So, definitely make sure that you head over and do not miss this masterclass. So today, I want to talk about a really important topic, and it’s a topic that’s really raining from my heart today. It’s not anything that I actually planned to speak about. No fancy guest, no bestselling author here today. Really just a talk about something that’s been on my heart. And that topic really is about making sure that as entrepreneurs, we really stop smelling the roses and enjoy the journey. This topic is really important to me because I feel like as an entrepreneur, it’s one of the things that I probably, when I look back at my career, when I look back at my business, it’s probably the one thing that I failed to do in the early parts of my business. And, I would say probably not until probably Profit First that I really started to make that change.
Susanne Mariga:And it really hit me hard that this was the reality because I was scrolling through my pictures on my phone this weekend. There was this challenge that one of my Facebook friends had given us that, “Let’s go ahead and post a picture of today versus 2007 and let’s compare those pictures.” I love a good challenge. So, I went on Facebook and I went on my phone and I went to try to find a picture of 2007. Now 2007 would have been the year that my daughter was born because she was born at the very end of 2007. And, I would have been pregnant during that year or a brand-new mom during that year. And it was interesting because I couldn’t find any pictures in 2007 because in 2007, iPhones really weren’t out there.
Susanne Mariga:I think I might’ve still had the infamous Blackberry at that point and not even sure Blackberry had a camera on the front of the phone to even do a selfie. So, there were no pictures in 2007, but I did have a 2008 picture of me and my kids and my family at the time for what it looked like and then going forward, I had pictures of them. And, as I was scrolling through these pictures, a lot of different things stood out to me like just how beautiful my young family was. And even how beautiful I was because frankly, I’ve always struggled with my weight into my adulthood and always looked in the mirror and picked out flaws, probably many of us women do. We always see the flaws versus the beauty.
Susanne Mariga:And what really hit me was, during those early times, because I was starting my business, and I was really self-critical, and I always had these revenue goals and these goals and these benchmarks too, when I look back at a time, I don’t remember it as being a happy, joyous time. I remembered being stressful. I remembered trying to balance daycare, getting someone to help at home. I remembered trying to squeeze hours because at that time I didn’t have money really to be able to afford a full-time sitter. I was just starting my business. We were on one income. We had done some things. We had paid off our debt before we had Florence because we didn’t want to have a burden of debt, but the business at the time wasn’t making a lot of money.
Susanne Mariga:In fact, as you guys know from reading my book, that first year in business, I actually made negative $2,000. That was my profit loss. And when I showed my dad my financial statements, I remembered him looking at me and flipping through the pages, and he said, “It looks like you wasted a whole lot of time.” And he goes, “How did you run a loss when you’re a service-based business, and you don’t need manufacturer equipment?” And I remembered telling him, “Well, dad, I bought a computer, I bought a desk and I only had one client because I was just starting out my business.” So, everything was reinvested and probably a little too much to the fact that I ran a loss. And, as I was scrolling through the pictures, and looking at my family, and seeing how happy they were during that time, I really started to feel that loss of not having sat back and enjoy that time. Kind of that feeling of that time had just really just slipped away from me.
Susanne Mariga:And I didn’t really get to sit down and enjoy when my kids were little because I was rushing to meet the next client, trying to find a sitter, trying to squeeze time in, trying to learn a new task as an entrepreneur, how to market my business, how to sell, how to network because I was a really good technician at the time, but not a full round entrepreneur. And so, I didn’t really, really enjoy that time. That time is something that you never get back. You never get that back as an entrepreneur. So, that was one of the things that really hit. I really wish that I would’ve sat down more and enjoy the journey. I literally just sat down and enjoy the day, and was more grateful for the things of just that moment.
Susanne Mariga:Just being able to have that time of, we had a roof over our head, we were doing okay, we weren’t rich, and the business was really just getting started. But, I had a whole lot of time with my daughter Florence. And I used to bring her to those networking meetings because I couldn’t afford a babysitter. And eventually, for some of those organizations, she became kind of like the mascot of the organization. And she was even learning how to run a business, even as a newborn to like three years old because she was literally in mommy’s presence the entire time. Even when her school has fundraisers, now she’s usually the top fundraiser because she got so much early experience just watching how mommy ran her business and how mommy closed her deals.
Susanne Mariga:And so, just really just taking the opportunity. What I’m saying, Entrepreneurs is, no matter where you’re at in your journey, whether you’re just starting up or you have been in it for 10 years plus, just really making sure that every moment you’re enjoying the journey because the end target where we’re going to end up where our goals are a moving target. There’s always bigger. There’s always better. And unless we stop and enjoy that journey, stop and smell those roses, when we look back at our lives, we’re not going to have enjoyed our lives. And we only got one shot of  life, and we need to enjoy that. And really that is so important. By the time I got to 2010, I was flipping through my phone.
Susanne Mariga:I found the video of my young son. He was probably about six months old at the time. And, I had put him down on the ground and his dad had walked through the door, and suddenly he just took off like a rocket ship racing towards the door, crawling on all floors. And that floor was so uncomfortable. I’m telling you. It was all tiled, so it was like a really, really hard for it. But he was just so excited to see his daddy, and that was how our kids felt about us. We were their heroes. Just to be able to sit down and enjoy that time, I wish I had done that more because those were really the precious times that you never get back. So, if you’ve got a young family or just starting your business, enjoy the journey.
Susanne Mariga:The next thing I would say is, stop being so hard on yourself. One of the things that I was doing is, I was looking back through this 2007, 2008 pictures, I was trying to find a shot. And it was interesting. I thought when I first started, it was going to be hard to find a shot because I remember that time being awkward  because the kids, Florence didn’t sleep through the night, and I was always tired. And, to my surprise, every picture that I ran into, if it wasn’t blurry because I’m not the best photographer and my subject was usually moving. It wasn’t actually really hard to find a great picture. And I’m not saying this because I’m egotistical or anything like that.
Susanne Mariga:I’m saying this because during that time, I remembered just feeling like I don’t want to see anybody right now. I don’t want to take any pictures because I don’t like how I look, you know, I felt overweight, at that time I was nursing, and I was really surprised that at this moment, over 13 years later, I’m looking at these pictures, and find they weren’t that bad. They were actually really pretty pictures. If I could go back and get that girl’s look again, I will dig it in a second. And so, what I’m saying is, stop being so hard on yourself. If what you feel right now is stopping you from showing up on camera or stopping you from networking or going to those events and really becoming your brand, stop that now because this is the best you’re ever going to be in the future.
Susanne Mariga:So, enjoy that moment. I don’t care what you look like, just be happy about yourself and celebrate yourself. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy where you are today because the gifts that you’ve been given by God are amazing gifts. And, there’s always going to be somebody that is going to dream that they had what you had. So, I’m telling you, go ahead, look past those pictures in the last 10 years. And, when you’re looking through those pictures before you start looking, think about where you are, think about how you felt during the century. And then, when you look at those pictures, I bet most of you are going to be surprised that you’re actually pretty hot back then. You actually had things pretty good back then. 
Susanne Mariga:And when you look at now, 10 years from now, you’re going to look back at those pictures that you took today. And you’re going to be like, “I wish I really celebrated those moments today.” And so, what I’m saying is, enjoy the journey, be happy, where you are, celebrate the moments that are there today, live in gratefulness and celebrate the journey. And if how you look or how you feel like you are today is stopping you from venturing out, showing up on camera and becoming your brand, making deals or even starting your dream, and living out your dream, then stop it because today is your best day ever. Live that life like it matters. 
Susanne Mariga:Do not let anything stop you and enjoy the journey. And then also, the last thing I would think is, throughout my business, every year we’ve had some type of metric, whether that be a revenue metric or profit metric, a number of clients served metric, we’ve always had a metric and being a quick start, being kind of a focus personality, I think I get it from my dad, he was always very focused, one of the things that I think happens is sometimes I overlooked the celebrations. I overlooked the things that we accomplished, or even celebrated for a very brief time. And, one of the things that I am really proud that I did was, we launched our book at the very, very end of January.
Susanne Mariga:Even though the book didn’t come out and on May 25th, we launched it. We told the world that it was coming at the end of January. And the book ended up being number one new release for a very, very long time. And even now the audiobook is still number one new release on Amazon. And, one of the things that I made sure I did was every Friday when the book was up as number one new release, I celebrate it. I celebrate it in some way, whether that would be ordering food for my kids, having some cheesecake from the cheesecake factory or, even having like hibachi or something, we celebrate every day that the book was listed as a number one new release because not many people get to have that.
Susanne Mariga:Not many people get to have that, and it’s not a moment that’s going to last forever. And so again, it’s about celebrating those accomplishments, celebrating those moments and really absorbing those moments because those moments are fleeting. They’re not going to happen all the time. The first time you get a client, celebrate it. The first time you hit a new milestone, celebrate that milestone because you’re accomplishing more. My Profit First Entrepreneur, most people will ever accomplish in their lifetime and so celebrate those moments and create more of those moments. One of the things that I was really happy about was, when our company hit 10 years old, one of the things that I did was, I took my family out, and we did an Alaskan cruise. And not only we did an Alaskan cruise, we did a Disney cruise, a Disney cruise through Alaska, literally we flew to Canada, and then we cruise to Alaska and this trip was all about them.
Susanne Mariga:It was all about them because I would’ve never been able to do this without them. I would’ve never been able to make it 10 years if it was just a sacrifice that I made. It was a sacrifice that my family made, my kids ended up going to Montessori School around 18 months so that I could spend more time on work. There were nights that mommy had to work a little bit late because we had gotten a brand-new government contract. That was a very busy. And, I had to sacrifice in order to meet that deadline. And so, really just taking those moments and celebrate them to say thank you for all of their hard work, too, even though they weren’t physically on the journey, taking in time, filling out tax returns or doing an audit, but because of their sacrifice that allowed me to do that.
Susanne Mariga:And so, I celebrated them on that, and it was all about them. All about dancing with the princesses and seeing Mickey Mouse and sitting on a balcony, overlooking the ocean as the boat cruise up and down the Pacific Ocean. It was really, really all about them. And then, what I did, as soon as we got back a week later, I left for my own cruise. Yes, it was Susanne Mariga cruise just by herself with one of her best friends to Mexico. And literally, it was no kids, no husband. It was literally just me and my bestie, and we cruise to Mexico, and we partied, and we had a great time, and we had a balcony, and we didn’t talk about kids, and we didn’t talk about life. We just had drinks and fancy dining and great shopping. And it was again, all about that celebration of 10 years.
Susanne Mariga:And, I’m so glad that I did it because to be able to sit back and celebrate your successes, don’t have your life be a moving metric, just make sure as you’re meeting those metrics that you celebrate every day, because you’re not going to get that moment back. And you don’t want to go back and look through those pictures and go, “I wish I did this. I wish I celebrated. I wish I enjoy a moment,” because those moments are gone. We’re living in a world that tomorrow is not guaranteed. We’ve got COVID-19, that’s relevant. There’s a Delta variant. Our kids are starting to go to school. I’m here in Texas. Our governor is putting his foot down against mask. I don’t know why. Mask protects people.
Susanne Mariga:He’s putting his foot down against the mask and every day I send my kids to school. There’s a risk that they’re going to be sitting next to somebody that chooses to take that mask off, or they’re going to eat lunch in the cafeteria, and they’re going to get sick. And, one of my children’s too young to get vaccinated. It has not been approved for children 12 and under. And so, every day I live, there was no guarantee that my life will be the same tomorrow. I look at Qubole in Afghanistan. People’s lives are changed overnight. They were Afghanistan’s that liked this freedom and now is being taken from them.
Susanne Mariga:Their lives are being changed over. And although we can’t predict tomorrow, we can spend all night worried about it, and we could spend all day worried about it. I think we have to go back to that scripture that talks about, the birds that they don’t worry about what they’re going to eat. And, we just need to enjoy that moment, that moment of today, where everything is okay, where our businesses are doing great, that we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. We’re going to be in control as much as we can. We’re going to set things up as much as we can, we’re going to live every day like it matters, but every day is not guaranteed. And so, we have to enjoy that moment. We have to enjoy where we are today, and we have to embrace the journey and celebrate those wins that happen every day.
Susanne Mariga:So, that’s what I wanted to talk about today to you Profit First Entrepreneur, because I want to make sure that when you look back at your pictures of where you are today, where your family is, where your businesses, that you can say, “I made the best out of every single day. And, not only did I make the best out of it, but I enjoyed the journey. I enjoyed my life.” And whether you live to be 60, 70, 80 years old, when you look back at each 10 years of that decade or 30 years in that decade, every day was worth it because you live your best life now. So, enjoy your journey. Profit First Entrepreneurs. As I close out today, please don’t forget to sign up for our Profit First Masterclass. This will probably be the last one for the year, and I don’t want you to miss it because once the holidays get on board, we get busy with that.
Susanne Mariga:So, definitely make sure you sign up for that Profit First Masterclass on Facebook, Profit First Masterclass with Susanne Mariga, make sure it says Susanne Mariga. If you’ve enjoyed our podcast today, please go ahead and leave a review because that helps more entrepreneurs find this, and it helps us help mold the legacy of genuine entrepreneurs who are pivoting their family legacies, and really becoming the gen one millionaires. So, thank you guys so much for joining me today. Please rate our podcast if you enjoyed it, and I’ll see you in the Profit First Masterclass, and I will see you next week here on the Profit Talk. 
Susanne Mariga:I want you to have your most profitable year ever. Yes, no matter what’s going on in the economy, no matter what’s going on in the world, you can have your best year ever. And, I want to show you how. Join me in our private Facebook group where I will be hosting our Free, Yes, I said, FREE Profit First Masterclass on Facebook. Please join the Profit First Master Class with Susanne Mariga. I look forward to seeing you there and watching you have your best year ever.

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