Two days ago a friend of mine lost her husband unexpectedly. I knew this women through a few business networking organizations we were involved with in Colorado and she was a guide and mentor to me. Dixie taught me many things about business, but the biggest thing I think was to be yourself, never give up and to follow your dreams.
Dixie losing her husband, her best friend, has been a shock to many in Northern CO. Something like this reminds you life truly is short, and you never know when you’ll leave. The title of this blog is a quote by Dr. Seuss and if we all behaved this way, imagine what a wonderful, kind world it would be.
As a young woman in business, I’m lucky to have crossed paths with Dixie and to learn from her. She is someone who lives by this quote every single day. I’m filled with such passion to be like Dixie, and to follow my dreams no matter how big or scary because it could end sooner than I hoped, and I don’t ever want to leave this world with regrets.
I would bet Dixie’s husband didn’t have any regrets. He loved, he was kind, he was generous and above all, he loved his wife and family more than anything. May he rest in peace and may we all live by the words of Dr. Seuss, and like Dixie and Ed, as if today were the day we will be remembered for.
Sometimes I overlook the obvious.
Lately I’ve been confused. There’s something missing in my professional life, and I’ve been trying to figure out what for months. I can tell I’m being challenged and today I had a little bit of a break through, but still have a ways to go.
All I know is that what I want, what I need and what I’m striving for in business is to make a difference. I want to be a part of something that is bigger than me. I want to make a true difference. I do feel I’m making a little difference with what I’m currently doing, which is helping indie retailers understand how to market their stores. I’ve talked to about a thousand retailers in the past couple of years, but it’s still up to them to take action.
I want to create something that is a game changer. I want to either create something, be a part of business development where I’m growing a business (significant growth), or just do more with what I’m currently doing. I need to be challenged. I’m a Gemini and Gemini’s need to be challenged otherwise we get bored.
I’ve always seen myself owning at least a few companies. Businesses that are successful, that I can employ my friends and family and pay them fair. I’m not currently doing that, I’m working for someone else. And as much as I love my job and the people I work with, deep down I just feel I need more. I’m just not sure if that’s more from my current job, or if I need to start my own biz again.
When I think about starting my own biz, I have a sense of fear that I never had with my first business. A fear of failure and of lack of money, security. I don’t have the capital to start one and although I have several ideas, I don’t have a clear plan. Maybe that is where the confusion comes from?
Either way - I’m hoping for clarity. I’ve felt this for months and I just don’t know what I need to feel energized and challenged. I need to do something bigger than me and I guess my first step is to map it out, get it all out on paper.