How do you eat an elephant?

Carol Schulte's week in pictures

My week in pictures… living big and playing big! Leslieville Flee Market, speaking at MoMondays, running into an old highschool classmate at Oakville Chamber breakfast, business lunches (nothing wrong with a little bellini inspiration!), leading ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.’ workshop.

So, how DO you eat an elephant?


You guessed it! One bite at a time. Not that I would ever want to eat an elephant, mind you… (how the heck would you even be able to chew their rough, wrinkly, furry skin?!? Yuk. Plus, I actually happen to find elephants quite cute, and would never want to harm them!) In any event, I digress.

If you WERE to attempt to eat an elephant, the only way one could tackle such a feat would be to do it one bite at a time.

In the same way, how would you go about starting a massive project? One task at a time. Grow your list? One sign-up at a time. Get more folks to your workshops? One butt in a seat at a time. Make a difference in the world? One smile, one person at a time.

Are you seeing the pattern here?!?

Yesterday I gave my ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.’ Manifesto workshop. It was only the second time I’ve given it to a public audience. My first had larger numbers (although lots friends and family, mind you!) and I was hoping to repeat that or even grow from here this time. Well, it didn’t quite happen. And, while we had a great group, if I’m honest I somewhat felt as though it wasn’t large enough (or ‘good enough’ ~ that old tape running around in my head…)

How am I going to get my message out there, share my story, and help others to spark their inner geniuses, with 8 people in the room?

Well, it only takes 1 at a time…

And so actually, I should be quite happy with that number! Plus, it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. And I must say we had an AMAZING group yesterday! There was authentic, meaningful discussion, lots of ah-has, and great energy.

I was humbled after the event to have received some awesome feedback (“brilliant idea…”; “…refreshing, inspiring, and fun.“; “Your genius event has really impacted me…”) My favorite came from someone who commented on me more personally: “…It’s refreshing to see [Carol’s] evolution over the past year as she has found her calling ~ living proof of sparking her own genius.”

They say we’re our own worst critic. I tend to agree. I’m finally taking action, putting myself out there, creating my own events, programs, landing more speaking opportunities, and yet I am so quick to say I am not ‘THERE’ yet.

First of all, where is THERE?!? And moreover, I need to realize it’s a process. It’s going to take time. I’ve set the wheels in motion, I’m on the train, and now it’s time to enjoy the ride, one stop at a time.

How do you start a massive project? One task at a time. Grow your list? One sign-up at a time. Get more folks to your workshops? One butt in a seat at a time. Make a difference in the world? One smile, one person at a time.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. (click to tweet it out!)

Have a FAB week,  everyone!

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What are your thoughts?!? Are you perhaps being too hard on yourself? Where can you stop to celebrate how far you’ve already come? What would that look like? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below :-). 


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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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