BORN TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
From as far back as I can remember that is what I liked to do. Growing up I was always creating things. I danced and choreographed countless routines, played business owner in a make believe store, taught school to make believe students, and lived by my own rules in my make believe world.
Both my parents were entrepreneurs who worked hard and lived the lives they wanted. I wanted to grow up to be just like them – I know, so cliché.
I always thought this was the way my life would be. I’d grow up, go to college, have my own business, have my own office, have my own rules. I imagined all the projects I’d create and the meaningful work I would do.
BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENED…
Before I knew it, I was graduating from college, without a business, without an office and unsure where my path would lead.
I wish I knew then what I know now: “Getting lost along your path is a part of finding the path you are meant to be on.” – Robin Sharma, Speaker and Author of Lead Without a Title. Back then, that’s exactly how I felt. I was out of school and at a loss as to what to do next.
So I did what most newly college grads do, I began the job search. After a few stressful weeks and a number of interviews, I landed my first real job! I was excited about my career path – the chance to create, contribute and do something meaningful.
REALITY SET IN
But soon that excitement wore off. I found myself sitting in a cube working day in and day out. I didn’t have an office, I didn’t make my own schedule, but worse, my creativity was hindered. The reality was I was forced to follow a manual and color within the lines; creativity was not part of my job description. I started to feel boxed in.
Growing up, creativity was at the heart of everything I did. I was always encouraged to follow my heart’s desire. So that’s what I did.
I moved on to a new job. I was excited for new challenges and the chance to be creative again. I was part of a team where creating and collaborating was part of my job description. But I still felt hindered by the box someone else had defined.
Don’t get me wrong, day-to-day I really enjoyed what I was doing. However it wasn’t long before I felt the same familiar feeling of wanting more in my professional life.
And that’s when it happened. That’s when I knew what I had to do. I left Corporate America and started Intrinsic Events.
I BELIEVED I COULD BECOME IT.
Today, I’ve come to realize I was never really lost. Each step along the way was leading me to where I was meant to be. I believed at a young age, I was born to be an entrepreneur and now I am.
Was it scary to leave Corporate America and start my own business? Oh yeah. But at some point, it became scarier not to. Was it the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done? Absolutely. Do I have any regrets? Not one.
No matter where you are on your path, it’s important to remember “we all need to lead where we are planted and shine where we find ourselves.” – Robin Sharma, Speaker and Author of Lead Without a Title.
Listen to your heart. Embrace the twists and turns on your path, even when you’re feeling lost. Trust you are being led to where you are meant to be. It worked for me and it will work for you too.