Yesterday I made a #confession
A public one.
A few years back having made a poor decision as a new business owner- I was faced with two options. Get a job, and quickly- or do everything possible to keep my business afloat.
I opted for the latter. I took side work to help get me through the craziest time in business- and had I not taken it- I would have never gotten any of the current opportunities I have today.
What I realized in this process- is that most entrepreneurs share part of the "struggle"- but are hesitant to talk money, finances, or the fact that you need funding to finance your dreams. The assumption that you will build a purpose & passion driven organization or team can be a given, but people forget about that special word... profit.
As I shared my story of what it was like - working for a meat distributor- and becoming part of the gig economy- I saw smiles, tears, and laughter. What occurred to me this morning as I opened e-mails, direct messages, and notes on LinkedIn- is how many people are doing the same thing.
I received one note from a woman who told me she had been doing Costco stocking shifts and another who had been driving for door dash, another had been working at a gym.
So here's the deal
It takes funding to fuel your dreams.
Feel your Feelings, but know they aren't #facts
Stop worrying about #judgement
Catch the informal talk below:
My Steps to the Ecosystem of Expectations as defined by song lyrics:
Expectations - "I'm going to fight em off... a 7 nation army couldn't hold me back." -The White Stripes
Excitement - "So we unpacked our adjectives"- School House Rock
Financial Insecurity - "The best things in life are free.... I want Money"- Flying Lizzards
Sadness- "Hello darkness my old friend" - Simon & Garfunkel
Connectedness - "We are family"- Sister Sledge
RESPECT- Aretha Franklin
Failure & Pressure - "Pressure...pushing down on me"- Queen & David Bowie
Self Loathing - "Cause nobody loves me..." - Portishead
Motivation - "2 Legit to Quit" -
The Power of "Try" - "You only live once that's the motto- live it YOLO" - Drake
Exhaustion- "I'm so tired. I haven't slept a wink"- The Beatles
Victory - "We are the champions my friend, and we'll keep on fighting till the end" - Queen
Doing -"Taking care of business" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
The High of Hindsight- "Back they didn't want it, now I'm hot they all on it" - Mike Jones
Having a bad day, need to channel one of these emotions, having a moment? Don't worry, I compiled a playlist for you in case of emergency here.