What can we learn from Alice?
Starting 7 June 2021, we will be running a #quotesonmondays series on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The quotes are from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, 1865. This amazing text has been much discussed and is still relevant, a children’s story that connects with many aspects of life today.
One constant in the many interpretations of this book is that of chaos. As business owners we are often challenged by the unpredictability in our surroundings. This is because the world of business is constantly moving and littered with intricacies that refuse to stand still.
Let’s look at just a few of the business lessons we can learn from Alice.
Resilience and imagination are important
Alice showed her imagination and entrepreneurial spirit when said that she “believed six impossible things before breakfast”.
But you also need to be resilient, as it takes strength to be an entrepreneur. This is because you will have to navigate obstacles, jump over hurdles and get used to failure on your way to business success.
Believe in yourself
When Alice says that “One can’t believe impossible things”, the Queen replies “I daresay you haven’t had much experience”.
So keep on believing in yourself and your vision.
Have a vision and a plan
This Alice Quote makes great business sense: If you don’t know where you are going how can you make good business decisions?
As an entrepreneur you need to have a purpose filled vision and stick to it. Think big and drive towards your goal.
A vision will also help you stay focused, when you grow and scale your business. However, you also need a plan. Why did you start your business and where do you want to take your company? How do you measure success? Have a look at this blog, where we list some free downloadable resources to help you with planning.
Alice Kingsleigh is the protagonist of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. She is a curious and imaginative young woman, who cannot conform to the values of the society in which she lives.
In the movie, when the Mad Hatter asks “Have I gone mad?”, Alice answers: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
Taking on the risk of running your own business could be described as “being bonkers, or off your head”. So take courage, carry on and don’t give up!
At one point Alice says that “it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”.
This Alice quote tells us to accept and embrace change, and not to dwell on the past. Because today is a new day, and things change.
Let us know what the most important business lesson was that you have learned on the way!