WHY EVEN BOTHER?

To err is human; to blame it on the other guy is even more human.
–Bob Goddard

 

I’ve had a lot going on today and much of it dealt with accountability.  Today, I made mistakes – honestly, I make mistakes on a daily basis.  But I strive to own up to those errors, admit my weaknesses, learn and grow from those things.

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If you do not grow from the lessons in your life, or if you keep someone ELSE from learning their own lessons, you are only hindering them from going on that journey of discovering the best version of themselves.  But WHY BOTHER?

To say,”WHY EVEN BOTHER??” does not bring us closer to being accountable and better inhabitants of this earth.  WHY EVEN BOTHER leaves you in a place of the Latin word “ego,” or “I” – instead of “we.”

 

Alone we are one drop.  Together, we are the ocean.

 

Not being present is not being accountable.

Not being responsive is not being accountable.

Not communicating is not being accountable.

Blaming someone else is not being accountable.

 

BEING ACCOUNTABLE is actually very freeing.  It’s all “out there.”  Nothing to hide and ultimately those things don’t end up being a big deal in the grand scheme of things. 

If you are not moving forward, you are moving in reverse.  You must continue to work on yourSELF to move forward.  And YOU are the only one that can do that.

Others can inspire you, but you are the only one that can MOTIVATE yourself.

So do it.  The time we have in this life is way too short to fritter away and not be the best version of you that you can be.

Be accountable.  WHY EVEN BOTHER?  There are so many reasons, but only you can answer that with the reasons that matter most to YOU. 

Take the time to bother.  I know you’ll be glad you did.

 

Are YOU ready?

WILL YOU GO INTO THE JUNGLE?

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.  An entrepreneur thinks of things in a drastically different way than most of the population, with a mind and heart open to accomplishing through their own determination.  It requires hard work but the risk is worth it.

In college, my friend Sarah and I met, both studying in Music at Iowa State University.  Upon graduating she taught music, but after a few years of teaching and later staying home with her young daughters she was dissatisfied with the thought of returning to the same type of employment.  A business began out of an interest in sewing that grew, beginning in her early teenage years, and a passion to create while being her own boss. 

Sarah is now in her sixth year of creating works of art with her sewing machine, upcycling wool and fabrics into beautiful products for you and your home!  I had to sneak a glimpse of some of the products she is selling for a show just this weekend!

Brooches

I LOVE this Carnival-inspired pillow!  (Notice, it even has a “hitch”!)

Fabric roses with real stems

Catnip mice

Animals in patterns of her own creation…  Bears, Hedgehogs, Cashmere Bunnies and the very unique Narwhal! 

(There are other friendly creatures not included in this show, Foxes, Owls, and Fish to name a few!)

Wool mittens, various types of bags, garlands, lavender sachets, wine bags, and headbands are a few of the other types of product contained within in her original collections.

Although it wasn’t always easy in the startup phase of her business, Sarah persevered and proved to herself and others that this truly was a business and not just a “hobby.” 

Why be an entrepreneur? 

In Tony Robbins’ book Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom:

As exciting as it was to learn his investment system, what I found most interesting about Ray (Dalio) is how he looks at the world.  He sees it as a jungle, and his life as a constant, exhilarating battle. 

“The way I look at life, Tony, we all have something we want, something that represents a greater quality of life.  But to get there, you have to go through a jungle filled with challenge.  If you pass through it, you get to the life you desire.  It’s like I’m on one side of the jungle,”he told me.  “And you could have a terrific job, a terrific life if you can cross that jungle.  But there are all of these dangerous things and they can all kill you.  So, do you stay on one side and have a safe life, or do you go into the jungle?  How do you approach that problem?”

Ray goes into the jungle with very smart and trusted friends by his side, always asking,”What don’t I know?”

 

Are you satisfied to stay on the “safe” side of the jungle? 

Or will you surround yourself with smart friends and mentors to get through the dangerous jungle to get to the life you desire? 

Don’t settle, my friend.  Aim for the stars.