I want to be A kid again. No pressure To do everything Right Just wake up Winging it. No worries of Losing weight, Just eating, Enjoying What life has To offer. No judgements, Only curious About the color Of leaves In the fall, Playing with dolls, And basketball. No political correctness Just, free To be In a world that forbids Individuality Without calling It a crime. Willingness to learn Without information Overload Spoiling the fun. I want to run, And chase Squirrels In a dress And sneakers. Trip over Loose shoe strings And cry Not because of pain Not because the scrape Is ugly And everyone will see And make fun of me But because someone Will be there to help Pick up the pieces I left on the ground After realizing I have many more times In life to get it right.
entrepreneurship is downright difficult. It requires a lot of time, patience,
and putting in the work on a consistent basis. As passionate as you may be
about your business, there is nothing fun and sexy about staying up late,
forgetting to eat, neglecting family, and be a hermit for months at a time. At
some point, you begin to question whether it is really worth it…but, oneday, one
fine day, you are reminded how exciting entrepreneurship is when you hear or
see the following words:
Whew, chile there is nothing like seeing an on-demand customer who pays up
front and centered. That moment you realize someone buys a product, invests in
a service, or even if your event sells out, you may do a little victory dance
and it gives you energy to carry out the next mission!
There is nothing like checking your invoice to see that your customer made a
first time, second, or third payment. Whether a returning customer or a new
one, seeing those numbers in green inspire you to want to find more creative
ways to get others to buy. Right?
If you plan an event and realize you have a packed house the day of, it is the
most amazing feeling! Those people
believed in you enough to purchase a ticket to hear you speak in person. They
could’ve easily watched the videos you post with quick tips but, they decided
to come in-person hoping to meet you because in some small way, you give them
courage and inspiration to not give up in their business, to push forward
despite the difficulties. Talk about inspiring!
It takes hours to complete projects in order to put them out to the world. No
matter if you’re taking hours to create a masterclass, a new design for an
outfit, or writing a book, it takes time and persistence to get the project
finished. When you finally put the last touch on a dress, or put the last period
at the end of a sentence, you can take a deep breath and finally release the
tension that was built up throughout the process. It’s such an incredible feeling
to know you complete a project because it is one step closer to being released
and available for customers.
Whether you are doing a flash sale, or buying necessary inventory and training
courses from another business, this word attracts anyone around the world!
Everyone wants to catch a sale! It’s a great way to get rid of your current
inventory while making a few quick bucks. It works great for both the business
owner and the customer.
Anytime there is a vending opportunity to meet new people, it causes such
excitement. Welcoming a rush of people to your table, networking, and making
cash on the spot is always worth it. Even if you don’t make as much as you’d
want, at least your brand will be exposed to a new set of people who can potentially
turn into customers in the future. That’s also a chance to build relationships
which is important for business longevity.
To know that you went from zero to one hundred customers is such a rewarding
experience. Sure, it may have taken you a while but, you made it happen. Even if
you only have three customers that is way better than the zero you started
with, and even if you have none at the moment, keep putting out information to
encourage someone to at least want to inquire about your business. That person
may want to invest in you later on.
Okay, just to be honest, this is probably the most unattractive of them all,
initially. At first, it may not seem so appealing because you’re always going
to feel like there’s work to be done and any moment you spend not contributing
to your business can feel like a waste. Listen, resting is a part of your
contribution to your business. You can’t overwork yourself to the point you’re
stressed and not enjoying the process. Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a one
day thing. Yes, it takes blood, sweat, tears, and sleepless nights but, it also
calls for rest. You can’t be your best
if you’re stressed (T-shirt moment! You heard it here first). Eventually,
you will see how important it is to step away for a second to go do something
you enjoy, or to go spend time with family. You’ll notice that you will feel
recharged, refreshed, and ready to get going when you come back from your
Man, if these words
don’t make you want to put on your sexiest work outfit and strut to T.I.’ song,
“You Can Tell How I Walk” then entrepreneurship may not be for you.
What other four letter words make you fan yourself? Phew!
Question #1: How much do you value the truth? Oh really?
Question #2: When was the last time you lied about something? Now, go back and
ask yourself question number one again. Let’s be honest: We all have lied at
some point or another for whatever reasons. Maybe if you told your spouse you
cheated last year, there is a strong possibility that he/she would end up
leaving you; Your children may tell a story about not writing on the wall
because they are afraid you would be mad and put them on punishment; Maybe you
told your mother you don’t have money to lend her this week even though you
just got paid but you don’t want to contribute to her alcohol problems. No
matter the case, people lie for many different reasons.
afraid to disappoint their loved one. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “I
lie to you because I care about your feelings?” What? It doesn’t make sense
when it I said aloud but what they may really be saying is they don’t want to
disappoint you for doing something they wanted to do in which you happen to be
narcissists. They only care about their own personal gain. They do it to
boost their careers and to make themselves look good. They could care less
about your feelings, and they are very weak self-esteem issues. Someone who has
confidence in themselves will not be afraid to tell you the truth, and they
won’t wait for you to ask. They are be forthright and be willing to “suffer the
consequences” of their actions and to continue to work on their behavior. Let’s face it, no one is perfect but,
narcissism is a personality disorder that can only be helped by medical
professionals and a humbling experience.
don’t respect you or themselves. Honestly, a person who respects you would
not lie to your face. They are taking your presence for granted. If someone
truly honors your presence in their lives, they will do whatever it is
necessary to make sure you stay, not cause you to be insecure and run you away.
If that person knows how valuable you are and how much you add to their lives,
they wouldn’t even disrespect self in that capacity because it shows self-hate.
If one loves self, they’d be honest with self. This goes back to self-identity,
and self-esteem; and, if they truly love self, they’d know what it means to
love you. Love is not blatantly rude.
to cover their mistakes. Sometimes,
people do make genuine mistakes. To avoid being judged by others, they’d rather
lie and hope to still keep their reputation intact. So, in essence, they are lying because they
are protecting themselves from harsh critic from outsiders who may or may not
understand. No one likes being misunderstood.
tolerate the lies. You thought this was just about them? Oh no, no,no, this
is definitely about you too. You contribute to the string of lies that are
being told to you. They know you are going to stay, take them back, or forgive
them so they continue to tell half-truths, white lies, and cover up parts of
the story because they can get away with it each and every time.
It’s time to change the way we use words. Honesty has become a heavy word that not everyone knows how to use because of…fear. That’s what it all boils down to: being afraid the truth may or may not set them free. If you simply lead by example by being straight forward in a tender way, it may ring the alarm for the person who’s on the other end but at least you came clean. You have the power to change the trajectory of how the world creates relationships. By laying a foundation of honesty, you will build trust. You are so quick to place value in areas that you cannot hold up yourself which is unfair, unrealistic, and wrong. Hold yourself accountable first, so we can do so with those around us.