7Business success and fulfilmentWhat's love got to do with it?

The four-letter L word. You may wonder, what does love have to do with building your business or becoming self-made? Honestly, everything. In the words of Brené Brown, ‘Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do.’

For years, I have asked myself, ‘What is love?’ If I were to ask you to answer that question right now, you would have a very different response to me, or anyone else for that matter.

After years of self-healing and inner work, I now believe that love is not one thing; it is everything.

And that love starts with self-love.

Love is how you create meaning in your work; interact with others; build your business; set boundaries; spread kindness to others; mentor your team; take action towards your own goals; and even choose to spend your money. It is, of course, more complex and multi-dimensional than this, and doesn't need to be broken down further in this book for you to be able to understand the role self-love plays in building your business and helping you achieve greater success in your life. How it can help you become self-made.

Sometimes though, it can be easier to identify what something is not. Grab your pen and notebook — it's time for some honest reflection on how much self-love you are cultivating in your life and in your business right now.

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