3 Reasons Why Teaching a Teen to Drive is Like Hiring Someone in Your Business

3 Reasons Why Teaching a Teen to Drive is Like Hiring Someone in Your Business

The teen in the driver’s seat


As I sat anxiously in the passenger seat on the ride home from the grocery store, my oldest at the wheel, I was struck with this thought:



Though this was not her first drive, I find I’m becoming more anxious and a tad overbearing [insert massive sarcasm here] on our drives.


I’m finding it harder to bite my tongue with each drive. When I offer suggestions, she assures me that she’s got it. She’s a good driver – spoken in a tone only a mom (or someone that spends lots of time with teenage girls) could possibly understand…


Yesterday it hit me – As she inches closer to getting her license on not needing me in the car with her, I’m having a hard time letting go…



Here are 3 ways teaching a teen to drive is like hiring in your business:


#1 Rules of the ‘Road’

Allowing your kiddo behind the wheel requires the understanding of some basic rules of safety and traffic – even before leaving the driveway. I would never willingly hand over the keys to my teen before she had a basic understanding of the driving rules or before practicing the task a ton.


The same applies to hiring: There must be ‘rules’ for your new hire to follow. If you just hire someone without giving them any direction or paraments, it’s likely you’ll waste money and time. Trust me when I say I’ve made this mistake in the past.


If I had known about the D3 or the D.A.D. Principles before my first hire, it would have saved a ton of heartache on my part and on those I hired in the early stages of my business.


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These ‘rules’ inside your business AKA systems or repeatable recipes you create before you delegate, allow someone else to perform the task as you’d like to have that task completed.


The ‘rules’ for each task cover the basics such as:


  • Knowing when to start a task and when it’s complete;
  • The tools or resources that are necessary to complete the task;
  • Why the task is important for them and their position they fill;
  • How completing the task contributes to your clients and your business;
  • How the work will be measured or evaluated


Systems have not always come easy to me. As a creative, I fought my mentors for years claiming that having systems would stifle the creative process.


Guess what???


They did just the opposite and now I’m a total convert. I wholeheartedly believe that as business owners, content creators, and parents, having systems in place can actually open up more space for creativity.


Wanna know more about creating ‘rules’ for your business?


You can learn how Systems Expert, Marina Darlow, suggests creating and implementing systems inside your business – this lesson is waiting for you inside the Successful Summer Bundle 🙂 Grab your copy today.


#2 Letting Go Is Hard To Do


Hovering, looking over shoulders, or being a backseat driver is not great from morale


At some point, we have to trust that we’ve taught our teen drivers or our staff enough to complete their tasks without us hovering. I’ll openly admit that I’ve hovered a time or three [hundred]…


What’s the point of #1 if we don’t allow our teens or our staff to ‘drive’ solo at some point?


I’m discovering that the closer Sophie gets to her license (about 3 weeks), the harder I’m trying to hold on to my little girl. I’m also discovering that holding on is causing tension, anxiety, and is straining our relationship. I don’t want to let go. It’s hard, yet I know it needs to be done.


The same can be said for your staff. Prolonging your hovering and preventing your staff from working independently of you (as hard as it seems) will ultimately have negative consequences on you, your staff, and your business.


Letting go is hard. Letting go is a choice. Letting go is part of life and it’s a lesson included inside the Successful Summer Strategies Bundle 🙂 


#3 Slowing down to speed up


Though it seems counterintuitive, we often need to slow down in business and in life to assess – the traffic, our strategy, look for the opportunities and pitfalls, plan an alternate route, etc.


Being able to see past the ‘traffic’ we may be stuck in is an important quality to instill in our young drivers and our staff. Teaching them to have vision, foresight, become problem-solvers, use their critical thinking skills, and teach them how to trust in themselves and their abilities requires that we slow down before we can speed up.


Can you guess what I’ll share next?


If you guessed that there’s a lesson about this very topic inside our Successful Summer Strategies Training Bundle, you’d be correct. And today’s the final day to grab the entire bundle for only $19.


Summer is here and it’s time to craft a plan that allows us to work-LESS, stress-LESS, and guilt-LESS. It’s time to create your most Successful Summers yet!






P.S. If you’ve skipped to the bottom, here’s your speedy recap: Today is the final day to grab the Successful Summer Strategies Bundle for only $19! Tomorrow, it goes back to its regular price of $97 so don’t wait to learn 21 strategies to help you work-LESS, stress-LESS, and guilt-LESS this summer. www.yongpratt.com/bundle


P.P.S. I’ll be going LIVE Wednesday at 12 PM PST to share something special with you.



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3 Reasons why teaching a teen to drive is like hiring in your business

Discover one of my strategies for a Successful Summer

Discover one of my strategies for a Successful Summer

WARNING: Read this post ONLY if you want to say goodbye to #momguilt or #summerstress.


Comment below the video and tell me your biggest challenge during the summer months.


As an entrepreneur for nearly two decades now, I’ve experienced my fair share of #momguilt, especially during the summer months. This #momguilt and corresponding #summerstress stemmed mostly from feeling like I had to choose between building our businesses or spending quality time with our girls.


Whenever I was working, I felt guilty for not making more time for the girls. When I spent time with the girls, I wasn’t always present. I was often preoccupied and stressed about what I wasn’t getting done in my business. It was a vicious cycle of stress and anxiety that I endured for years.


Can you relate?


It wasn’t until recently (last summer, in fact), that I really started making a #summersuccessplan – a strategic plan that mapped out what my work life and mom life would look like for the summer. Until then, I’d just envision my ideal summer, but never put into place any boundaries, systems, or strategies to make that vision a reality.


Now before you dismiss the idea of creating a #summersuccessplan because it feels too corporate or rigid, let me let you in on a little secret…



After conducting and synthesizing the hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted over the years with successful moms, dads, and business owners from all walks of life, plus incorporating my own mom/work experiments into the mix, I was finally able to create an actual plan that worked for me!



While this concept might sound “fluffy” or too good to be true, trust me when I say that creating a #summersuccessplan and more importantly, implementing it, allowed me to have a truly amazing summer.


It allowed me to unplug most weekends to enjoy camping and fishing trips with my family and even a couple week-long vacations.




And I want that for you, too.



And in case you missed last week’s strategy with homeschooling mama of 8, Shannon Robison, about living your summer with Simplicity and Intention, you can still watch it. 





P.S. Comment below the video and tell me your biggest challenge during the summer months.





Hiya beautiful!

Summer is right around the corner…are you ready?


I adore summers with my kids – camping, fishing, lounging in our PJs snuggled up with a good book or movie, sunshine – it’s been in the low 40s for days on end with lots of rain with snow in the forecast so I’m ready for lots of sunshine!


The countdown is on at our house…


With only 12 days left in the school year, I’ve been spending lots of time strategizing how I’ll balance summer vacation, family time, and work.

Loving what I do means I could literally work on and in my business all day long, leaving my kids to fend for themselves without more mom time. Enter…mom guilt!


Can you relate?


Trying to balance summer fun with work used to be a real struggle because I didn’t have much of a summer success plan in place for myself. That all changed when I started connecting with amazing women across the globe on Planet Internet in real time, screen to screen (thank you technology!!!).


By having real conversations, I was able to craft a plan for myself that allowed me to work far LESS and spend MORE time with the most important people in my life.


Today, I want to share one of those conversations with you. In this video, you’ll meet Shannon Robison – a homeschooling mama of 8 that helps moms simplify healthy living. Shannon shares super doable tips to make THIS the best summer ever.


With summer right around the corner, how do we craft the best one yet with the help of our kids?”


P.S. Be sure to COMMENT on the video by clicking the F for FB button.


P.P.S. If you know any other moms looking for simple ways to create an extraordinary summer, please click SHARE.




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