I am not afraid…I was born to do this.” – Joan of Arc
If you don’t feel like you are doing what you were born to do, it’s time for a change. What better reason to venture out and try something new?
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J. K. Rowling
Your friends and family aren’t always your greatest source of encouragement. It’s not because they don’t believe in you, they are protecting you and they love you too much to see you fail. Don’t let them hold you back from taking action.
“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist
The Alchemist is one of the greatest books about the entrepreneurial journey I have ever read. And how true, you are not a failure until you stop getting up again.
“Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly.” -Bhagavad Gita
Perfection is the enemy of progress. It will never, ever be perfect and it’s far better to move your venture along. You must remind yourself and your team of this daily and realize you have been taught perfection throughout your life. Entrepreneurship requires that you retrain your brain and take action.
“Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams.” -Stuart Wilde
Action is tied to belief. Do you encourage yourself and others towards the outcome you envision?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose
Sharing what you have is more important than what you have. – Albert Wells
Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby
Life can seem either very long or very short, according to how you live it. – Paulo Coelho
Leaders Leading Leaders
Tom went to visit his mentor, Dwyer, in his small cabin on the edge of town.
“What do people need to be happy?” Tom asked.
“What do you think?” Dwyer asked back.
Tom thought for a moment.
“I think that if people have their basic needs met, you know, food and a place to live, and if they are safe from harm and have a job to do, that should be enough to keep them happy.”
Dwyer frowned. Clearly he disagreed. The old man jumped to his feet and marched to the door, beckoning his young friend to follow him. They trudged towards a farm that contained a large barn and as they got closer, Tom could hear an infernal racket coming from inside.
Dwyer opened the door and Tom looked inside with amazement.
He saw row after row of chickens, each of them in their own tiny cages.
Dwyer looked at Tom and asked pointedly, “Do they have food?”
“Do they have shelter?”
“I guess so.”
“Are they safe from foxes and other predators?”
“Do they have a job to do?”
“They lay eggs.”
“Do they look happy?”
Tom looked closer at the hens. He didn’t really know what a happy chicken looked like. Do they smile? Can a chicken even be happy?
Before he could answer, Dwyer said, “Come with me.”
They left this farm and walked down a long lane towards another property.
On the second farm was a large field, full of chickens.
They weren’t cooped up, they were foraging around in the field pecking for food.
“Do these chickens look happy?” asked Dwyer.
It seemed like an odd question, but Tom inspected them anyway and it occurred to him that there was a different atmosphere here. These hens seemed to be in a more natural state and they seemed more chickeny as a result.
“Perhaps,” Tom responded, not wanting to commit.
“Of course they are, don’t be so absurd,” retorted the old man. “Here’s the point. Both sets of hens have food, shelter and a job to do. The first ones are confined to a small area where all that they can do is exist, but these hens, these beautiful birds, even though they are more exposed to the foxes and hawks of the world, are have an opportunity to really live.”
“We all have a serious choice to make,” Dwyer continued, “We can either live like battery hens, in a confined, seemingly safe existence, where we expect that everything will be brought to us, albeit in very small portions, or we can break free and live like free range chickens, foraging around in a less predictable, slightly more dangerous world and truly live. You asked about happiness before. You can’t be happy if you’re merely existing, you have to live, son.”
“We all have a serious choice to make,”
Tom got it.