Sunday, March 23, 2014

Some people just don't get it.

Why would anyone want to be work for themselves instead of having a secure job?  The thing is - jobs are not secure anymore. It's not like it was in our grandfather's, even our father's day, where you were with a company for thirty plus years.

Why are we Entrepreneurs?

We do it for the passion!

For the Autonomy.

Being the Master of our own Destiny.

The rewards.

Because we can...

We are driven to be a part of something that we created.  We crave to continuously learn and explore. We have a burning desire to be our own Master. We get great satisfaction from the rewards: recognition, acceptance from others, knowing that we did this. We are in control of our destiny.

Entrepreneurs are the backbones of any business. Entrepreneurs are the beginning of new economies. They propel us into the future and they are a large part of our past. It is the imaginations of Entrepreneurs that sprout forth technologies and innovations.

Why are we Entrepreneurs?  It all started with a Dream...

Monday, February 24, 2014

I Can't Say NO

I can't say, "No."

I don't think the problem is overcommitting, or wanting to be a people pleaser, or being a volunteraholic.  The real issue is having a  passion for too many things, the yearning to learn, and to be part of something important.

You see this happen a lot with retirees.  They no longer have the responsibility of family, or careers that consume every waking hour. They now have time and opportunity to explore and focus on what they want to do.

Before we know it though, we've said 'yes' to too many things and our precious time is gone. We've started a new career - being a volunteer. A career that is more time-consuming, and sometimes more stressful, than working a full-time job and having a family.

How do we find balance? How do we fulfill that yearning to be part of something? We prioritize, and we learn to say, "No." We did it when we were two, so it shouldn't be hard to learn again.

We take back our time, our life and we find balance once more. Otherwise, before you know it, you have given too much of yourself away.

For some it is hard to say, "no," so instead, say, "yes" to yourself first.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A House Divided During Superbowl

As Superbowl approaches I find myself caught between two teams and their fans.

You see, I am from Bronco country and I am a Bronco fan. I have been since the glory days of John Elway. That is when I discovered football and that is when I became hooked.

Now, I live amongst the 12th Man - Seahawks fans.

Twenty five years ago we left Bronco country and moved to Washington state. Being surrounded by Seahawk fans, I lost interest in football. I no longer keep up with the teams, the games, or who's who.

This year, like so many Seahawk fans, I got caught up in the excitement.  And, I am thrilled that the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl. But now, my past and my present are colliding with the future because both teams are going to the Superbowl.

I have found my house divided. Our oldest son immediately became a Seahawks fan as soon as we moved to Washington and still is. Our youngest, however, is a die-hard Broncos fan and now lives in Colorado.

So, which team do I choose? Like my house, I am divided between the teams. I have decided I support both.

I support the Broncos - after all I am a Bronco fan.

I  support the Seahawks.

I support the coaches and the players for all of the hard work and drive it took to get to the Superbowl.

I support the fans of both teams.

I support that I will enjoy the Superbowl and be a fan of both teams. After all, why do I have to choose? Why, can't I just enjoy.