Living the dream

I recently read an article regarding self-esteem of business professionals. This certainly hits home. 

My husband and I own a business. Being an entrepreneur has certainly come with it’s own set of challenges. One challenge is being a self-motivator. As an entrepreneur, you do not always have people around to remind you of the great job you’re doing. There can be times when you are working long hours alone. Sometimes, the people we expect to be our greatest cheerleaders are not. It is very humbling when a cheerleader appears out of the blue from the people you least expect.

Being an entrepreneur can certainly be an emotional roller coaster. During the low times, it is important to keep trudging one step in front of the other. 

As hard as it may be, you sometimes need to be your own cheerleader. You also need to be accepting of those unexpected cheerleaders.

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

– Walt Disney


Become more

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Angels among us!

I was really touched by a story I read on Facebook yesterday about the group of Mormon missionaries who while helping clean up some of the devastation from hurricane Sandy found an old safe in a pile of rubble at a person’s house. The owner said to throw it in the trash, yet curiosity got the better of the missionaries. They were able to pry the safe open and found a couple of envelopes with nearly $25,000 cash inside. Being the good Mormons they are, they returned the cash to owner who then offered to give them the money. Of course they refused.

Only a spontaneous feeling of empathy with others can really inspire us to act on their behalf. Nevertheless, compassion does not arise mechanically. Such a sincere feeling must grow gradually, cultivated within each individual, based on their own conviction of its worth. Adopting a kind attitude thus becomes a personal matter. How each of us behaves in daily life is, after all, the real test of compassion. – Insight from the Dalai Lama

During this time of year we are bombarded by stories of compassion, giving and miracles. We are reminded to give to those in need, yet this message is often forgotten the rest of the year.

Lets show compassion and be an angel every day of the year, not just the 25 days before Christmas!

The problem solver!

Another good insight from the Dalai Lama to share today.

As long as we live in this world, we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but also everyone who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. – Insight from the Dalai Lama

This is another wonderful quote, and one that suits my life right now. It is so easy to get trapped in having a pity party for yourself when things don’t go the way you expected them to go. The mind can easily twist and warp our perceptions into making situations seem far worse than they truly are. Remember you are not alone on your quest, and it is not always about you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, we simply need to keep moving forward.

It’s up to you!

Reading some of the comments to my post on Monday, and also experiencing a change in my own life, I see the importance that it is up to yourself to change yourself.

Many people sit around wishing they would win the lottery. As the joke goes, you need to go buy a ticket first. The same applies to change in your life.

When you are unhappy about the way things are, it is up to you to do something about it. Sometimes the universe does give you a gift and nudges you toward a change, yet it is still up to you to make the most of it and follow the signs.

Perhaps you need a career change. It takes a lot to make a career change, especially when you don’t have the experience in the field you want to move to. I struggled with this myself a number of years ago. I had my Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business, yet I was not working in the field I wanted to be in. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and decided I wanted to get into Accounting. It was challeneging as when I applied for accounting positions, no one would hire me as I didn’t have the experience. I started applying for even admin type positions so I could at least get my foot in the door. One job interview I went to, I even broke down crying. The guy interviewing me asked me why I was applying for the position as I was overqualified for it. I told him I was trying to change my job. He asked where I saw myself in 5 years. I told him I had been considering switching to accounting and was toying with the idea of working towards a designation. He asked me what was stopping me from pursuing that dream. It was the wake up call I needed.

For the majority of people, life is not going to be spoon fed to you with a silver spoon. You actually have to go out and apply yourself.

It’s time to get yourself up off the couch or out of bed. Be grateful you are alive. Get out and enjoy the sunshine. Find what motivates you, and find what your inner passion is.

Keep your chin up!

This pic was pulled off a friends Facebook page. Not sure of the original source.


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