On Tuesday I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at â€˜The Art Of… Entrepreneurship.â€™ I felt at home. I was lit up. Surrounded by impressive, creative, go-getters who were oozing with passion, purpose, and drive. Folks who were going after the life they wanted, folks who were breaking free from the mould, folks who were doing what it took to pursue their dreams. Taking big risks and playing bigger games. It left me on a high. And Iâ€™ve stayed there since ~ and growing from there.
I wonder if if there is such thing as inspiration overdose?!? Hmm…
Although I wanted to be able to properly digest and formulate and make sense of all I heard and experienced â€“ in an effort to share one cohesive thought with you â€“ itâ€™s simply not going to happen. Not because Iâ€™m tired ~ because thatâ€™s just where Iâ€™m at. Plus, I wanted you to see and experience the fact that insights and ideas donâ€™t always come in brown paper packages tied up with string. The idea incubator normally starts in a place of disarray.
And so Iâ€™m allowing myself to stay here in this messy kitchen that is my mind. No point rushing for clarity. I trust it will come in due time. However ideas are a-brewing!
Moreover, these are some valuable insights and nuggets of wisdom youâ€™re about to be privy to! Iâ€™m all about sharing the inspiration and spreading the love…
Create your own culture. Be different. Weird people change the world. ~ Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method cleaning products
Be authentic, and success will come to you. Surround yourself with the best. Have a sense of humour. Embrace your mistakes. Balance = Happiness. Do you have time to be needed? If you’re needed you’re happy; if you’re happy you’re needed. Women should be like push-up bras ~ uplifting and supportive. And make us all look good… Â ~ Debbie Travis
Do something that matters.
Are you a chameleon? a martyr? a hustler? You’ve got to be a practitioner. Give a crap. Make your actions predicated by the world that we live in. It’s time to go deep. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
Know where you are; know where you want to go. Are you ready to bridge the gap? Mind the gap?
If we’re honest, no one knows what they’re doing. You’ve gotta start where you’re at. And it may be janky at first. You can build from there.Â ~ Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit
You have to own the risks. And eat kale chips. ~ Jay Klein, founder of pÃ¼r gum
I believe in big goals. I believe in dreaming big. ~ Drew Green, founder of shop(dot)ca
You canâ€™t be all things to all people. Know thyself. Be thyself.
Find out what your passion is, and what others care about. Look at where they converge. If youâ€™re good at one thing, chances are youâ€™ll be good at another. Definition of an entrepreneur: Someone who is willing to work 24hrs/day for themselves, in order to avoid working 1hr/day for someone else. ~ Chris Guillebreau, author of â€˜$100 Start-upâ€™ & â€˜The Happiness of Pursuitâ€™
Once you stop stopping yourself, youâ€™ll realize how unstoppable you are. You donâ€™t have to know precisely where youâ€™re going, just precisely where youâ€™re not staying. ~ James MacNeil
Never give in. Never give up. If greatness is within others, itâ€™s within you, too. If you believe in you as much as you want others to believe in you, success will find you. ~ Dan Blackburn
We all feel fear… the question is what are you going to despite of it?!? ~ NoelÂ Walrond
It needs to be a stretch. You have to get on the court. How high do you want to go? Be the architect of your own life. ~ Byron Nelson
Work like a rookie who is going on vacation tomorrow.Â ~ Keith Watters
Opportunities exist everywhere if we choose to believe we can achieve them. ~ Leyla Razeghi
Your comfort zone is killing you. ~ Billy Anderson
And the idea that stood out the most:
Work for a cause, not applause. Live life to express, not impress. Donâ€™t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your presence felt.
(author unknown, however giving credit to Raza Aziz for introducing me to it!) CLICK TO TWEET IT OUT!
So there you have it.
In summary: Do what you love and youâ€™ll love what you do. Be who you are and you will succeed. Dare to try and you’ll dare to fly.
Start from where you are… just start.
When I was 11, apparently I responded to my parents (who were actually big enough to apologize for something they were wrong about) with â€œThatâ€™s okay! After all, there is no dress rehearsal for being a parent.â€ Well there is also no dress rehearsal for your life. This is all weâ€™ve got. One shot. What are you going to make of it? What are you waiting for?!?
Have a FAB week, everyone!
p.s. VERY EXCITING NEWS! My first full-day event â€˜IGNITEâ€™ is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 8th…
Only 30 spots available! Earlybird ticket prices available until Oct. 18th. Â Register HERE.