Melanie Lawson shares what has helped her launch her Bare Biology health supplement which is stocked by Space NK and Liberty London, following a seven year career break
The difference between people who really do something and people who don’t is literally that – they’ve done it. I discovered this after reading the quote in Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Workweek which got me started in business (see below). Once you really commit yourself stuff starts happening, people enjoy helping you, or put you in touch with people who can and it takes on a life of its own.
Like everyone I was pretty scared of starting a business. As a woman and having been a full time mother for seven years I wondered why I would succeed. But I realised that everybody viewed from the outside looks like they are successful, but actually everyone feels the same. What gives me confidence is the realisation that I am capable of doing it. Once I block out the voice that tells me I ought to be somebody else, I can recognise my progress and what I’ve achieved in the last year has been pretty amazing.
The motivation to run my business comes from it being so personal and something that I completely believe in. I’ve always been into health and nutrition and I was pretty fanatical about finding an Omega 3 that was high enough quality for me and my children. When I discovered a gap in the market for a high quality supplement it seemed like the obvious thing to do. And now I’ve embarked on this I don’t want it to fail. I really want this sense of achievement which is just about me and what I’ve achieved.
They say that comparison is the thief of joy and it’s so true. If you compare yourself to people in the media you’re setting yourself up for failure because most of them have a fleet of nannies and it’s not realistic to expect the same in your life or career. It’s a piece of wisdom I hope to pass on to my children. I want them to have the self-belief that they don’t have to look a certain way, that they can choose a job they enjoy, and that they don’t have to succumb to peer pressure.
I’m not a workaholic. I’ve always done the minimum effective dose to get the maximum results in managing my work and family life. I try to be super productive whilst the children are in school and then give them the time they need when they get home. I could do more work after they go to bed but I believe if you work all the time and don’t sleep you won’t be productive and are storing up health trouble in the future.
Break it into little steps. My dream is to have my own concession in Space NK, to make enough that we can have a charitable arm for children, and a business my own children could inherit if they choose. If I try to consider it all at once I get overwhelmed, so I take deep breaths, write lists, and take it one chunk at a time. As long as I get one important thing off my list each day I feel better.
When I am having a low I remember that a high is just around the corner and tomorrow is another day. I really try to look after myself, eat well, get good sleep, practise mindfulness and I recently gave up alcohol. At the end of every day I remind myself of five successes and five gratitudes which really grounds me and helps me get a good night’s sleep.
Find out more about Melanie and her amazing Omega 3 at Bare Biology