For years I’ve dreamed of being on a small stage, presenting words of encouragement and laughter to groups of people. I’ve visualized myself pouring into others, leaving them empowered to growth and fearlessly attack their dreams and goals. I saw myself sitting on talk shows being interviewed about my success and my source of strength.
What did I actually say? Yea…I couldn’t hear that part!
The business never fell into my lap. I have yet to dream up some fabulous invention. I’ve just received a number of inspirations gradually over time that have transformed my life and streams of income. But if I had to pin point an event that kick-started the journey, I’d have to say it started with a revelation in relationships.
I grew up in the inner city of Chicago, very dense populations with real life exposure to violence and abuses of various kinds. In order to survive, you had to be convinced that most people did NOT have your best interest at heart. As my Poppy would say, “you ain’t GOT no friends!”
As a matter of survival, this was powerful and a form of protection. As someone growing in entrepreneurship, beyond a paycheck to paycheck life, this was the opposite of what I needed to thrive.
Growing a business, a brand, a following…meant I had to make new friends! I had to become vulnerable enough to spend time building relationships. I needed a team and I needed to learn from potential clients what they actually needed. It is when you create a solution to a problem where entrepreneurship is possible.
That also meant I needed to go into this next phase in life EXPECTING my heart to break. I could no longer be paralyzed by the fear of offense – I had to consistently meet new people and share my dream, my baby with them and actually care about their response.
What are you holding back from? Our relationships and associations are MAJOR dictators of our potential growth…in business, in faith, in LIFE!
Don’t be afraid to create connections, deciding whether to keep or disassociate those connections as you grow – all with a sense of humility, integrity, and authenticity.