Mompreneurs, WAHMs, Dads, guys, and girls…this is for ALL of you so listen up! You need to read this post!
I received a link today from my friend Ana Hoffman about a post on BigGirlBranding by Cori Padgett. Ana was excited to appear in this post alongside some other amazing entrepreneurs and suggested that I would enjoy it. I clicked the link and quickly realized that the post was MILES long.
Knowing it was coming from Ana, I knew it was good, but I was overwhelmed dealing with my two year old at the time who had just squeezed 1/2 a bottle of maple syrup, that my 12 year old daughter had left on the counter at breakfast, all over the kitchen table and floor. Our ten year old chocolate lab was in her glory, with the sticky syrup dripping on the back of her head and neck as she licked the mess off the floor. All the while my son was standing there in his Elmo t-shirt and diaper saying, “It’s messy, Mommy!”
Can you picture the chaos? I wish I had thought to grab the flip camera to film the commotion and mess for you, but unfortunately, my frustration didn’t allow for enlightened thinking. (Moms, I know you can relate! I really wasn’t feeling a whole lot of inspiration at the time!)
I didn’t get back to the post until tonight, and while I had no business taking the time to really read and digest it, I was immediately caught up by some powerful inspiration beyond my imagination!
After a day like I’d had, words of inspiration from 60 clever entrepreneurs who were talking about overcoming their challenges, mindset roadblocks, and what success looks like for them, were the spoonful of sugar (syrup in today’s case) to make the medicine go down.
Now, I know we all have our days…and life’s challenges can steal our focus, but when I stop to think about how blessed I am to have these situations in my life, I can’t help but to feel inspired about what I’m working toward. And then looking at successful people talking about their challenges, fears, self doubt, etc–Well, let me put it this way: If you think the syrup was sticky, Cori’s post is like crazy glue and the inspiration I gained from it will stick with me for a long time!
The Ten Nuggets of Inspiration that Stuck with Me from the Post:
1. Don’t quit, stick with it, stay the course
2. Assess what you’re doing and make sure you’re doing the things you’re passionate about and are good at
3. Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey you are for support and encouragement.
4. Build a team of people who make up for your weaknesses
5. Believe in yourself and know you have more to offer than you think you do
6. Have a vision and a bigger purpose than just making money
7. Work really, really, really, really hard and take action every day on your business…even if you can only do one thing
8. Listen to people who are successful, tune out those who aren’t
9. Know your why and stay focused on the people you can help with your information/work
10. Have faith, conviction, and above all persevere
The “Questionable” Inspiration that Led So Many Successful Entrepreneurs to Share their Stories:
Cori asked 3 powerful questions about inspiration, wisdom, and success.
1. What is your best advice for soldiering on as an entrepreneur, in the face of mind-numbing adversity? (Personal or business adversity)
My answer is to figure out what the adversity is and to stay focused on a solution instead of the obstacle. Be the type of person who says how can I make this work, instead of the person who says this won’t work.
2. What is the biggest mental roadblock you had to overcome on your road to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
Believing in myself that I know enough to be a value to someone else. I was stuck in a learning cycle for a long time, insecure and afraid of failure. I’m still scared about things and I still have self doubt, but I’m finding that the more I do the more confidence I have and honestly…taking risks and stretching my comfort zone is becoming addictive!
3. What is the absolute best thing you can think of about living the “entrepreneurial dream”?
Knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of others while making a difference for me and my family at the same time! I already have time freedom being a work at home mom, but becoming a mompreneur and connecting with so many other awesome men and women who are doing the same, has really changed my focus from “me” to “we”.
I hope you go check out Cori’s post. And please answer her questions in the comments below! Even if you’re brand new to blogging or internet marketing you have value to share that can help change the lives of others. Don’t hold back!
p.s. Thanks Ana for sharing the post with me! Here are my favorite parts of what you shared: “Why not me?” was the question I had to answer for myself over and over….If someone can build a realistic income online, why not me? Things got a lot easier once I was able to honestly tell myself “Yes, it can and will be me.” Thanks for the inspiration Ana!