Many of the women I interview on Nurturing Big Ideas Today, women I value as smart and talented, are friends I’ve known for years and years. If that teaches you nothing else, let it teach you this - women support each other and developing a network of smart, talented women will do you good down the road.
Are you a bit overwhelmed with emails - watching hundreds come dinging into your mailbox every morning, noon, and night?
If you are, you’re like hundreds of other small business women who feel overwhelmed with all the content being thrown at them, like rice at a wedding.
It’s time to stop. Stop! STOP! JUST STOP!
I have to say this conversation was full of the kind of energy and learning we should each enjoy, every morning of our lives. I can tell you, re-watching the conversation brought smooth beams of warm sunlight into my office.
Part of the joy was in the topic of conversation - dogs. I could talk about dogs (and cats and gerbils and guinea pigs, etc) all day. Life is just better with pets.
I remember one day, back before I became independent, sitting at my desk while one of my bosses (I had four at this one company) sat across me giving me the evil eye. I remember being shy and afraid, but holding it in check.
I’d written an article, with his help, that was published in an industry magazine, and I’d put my name on it. Along with his, of course.
In this conversation, the topic of art looms large. Are you artistic? Catriona shares a great story of how she never thought what she did was artistic, but she finally learned, maybe she realized it one morning when her view of what art is and what it isn’t changed, that she is as artistic as any of us.
Is life a matter of luck? Is luck the ‘thing’ that guides us? That enlightens us? That teaches us?
I believe in luck, if you think of luck as something we bring ourselves, with our thoughts and actions. We need to be true to who we are, if we want to attract luck. Oh, yes, luck is a fickle task masker.
The luck you have is the luck you bring. And vice-verse.
So many entrepreneurs want to tell the story of who they are and how they got where they are, today. They know, or they’ve been told, that the story of their new business starts with them.
Yes, of course. The story is you.
But, the hero’s journey is not just one page long. It’s not one chapter in one life, yours. It’s not even one book.
Sound familiar? I know a good many of you have those whispers - the ones directing you to a path you’re not sure of, but one you’d like to explore. Too many of you ignore the whispers and go about your business as is. Too many of us, as women, let the whispers fill our heads with that belief that we can be something…else… and then, we push them away and go about our usual day-to-day work. Sigh.