HOW SEASONS OF CHANGE & DISCOMFORT IMPACTED MY ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY
Four years ago today, was my last day as a “manager” for a publicly-traded company in “corporate America”. I loved my team like family and I still keep in contact with many of them. Afterall when you work together through massive industry changes, long days, launch big projects, and high-stress situations you grow a bond. Leaving them to head into the unknown of a new city and business was both sad and exciting.
As a leader, it was my responsibility not only to make sure my team excelled in their performance but also as individuals whether they were on my team or moved into a new position or company. My goal was to create an environment where they could realize their potential, excel, and be prepared for bigger opportunities.
In 2013, I realized I needed to continue to lead by example within my own career. I started making choices to remove myself from comfort zones and put me on the path to moving to Chicago. In 2014, I attended Lara Casey’s Making Things Happen in-person conference and there a seed was planted. I listened to women share their struggles with building teams in their business. Sitting there I recognized this was my opportunity to serve others. I had the experience and passion for leadership and I could help these women.
On the plane ride home from Chapel
It was important to me to lead by example, even if it was uncomfortable and hard. Everything great is on the other side of discomfort, right?! I had a burning desire to fulfill my potential and live life fully. Fully even if it meant jumping off the cliff and building my wings on the way down.
Seasons of Discomfort
The last four years have been really tough. Tough as in “let’s see what you are really made of” and “how bad do you want it” kind of way. Along the
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One of the big mistakes I made was trying to do too much and not specifically defining who I was serving and how.
Catalysts for Change
This year, several moments helped ground me and pull me back to my core.
The first one was a tweet from Arsha Jones. Her tweet was a clarity check for me. Instead of trying to help everyone, I needed to focus on my strengths and experience. This meant focusing solely on leadership and operations for service-based businesses.
I agree. So for me I’ve hired a coach. Several. The last (who I still work with) has a long resume in the food industry and retail sales. I’m not anti-coach I’m “anti-wasting my time and money with fluff content and no results”. https://t.co/YMvjAnPS4y— Arsha Jones (@arshajones) March 15, 2018
The second moment, a summer Friday when I caught up with several friends. They reminded me of my worth and kicked my butt. Find friends like Ashley and Lyn who have been true supporters from day one and challenge me to be the best version of myself. Leaders need wing women too!
The third moment occurred during a random weekend cleaning spree. I was purging papers and found cards from my old team. Their cards reminded me of why I made the leap into entrepreneurship and my passion for leadership and building strong teams.
The Next Season
These three moments this year are small but their impact is big as I head into Q4 of 2018. They reinforce my vision and focus on leadership in entrepreneurship. My vision of helping women become better leaders. When we are better leaders we empower those around us and our teams to recognize their potential and excel. In turn, we strengthen our legacy.
Our legacy is not our work, but how we have impacted others and what will live on after us. Long after the change of seasons, how will others remember us?