In Her Words
Inspiration for the Perspiration
Unexpected support welcome to those going it alone
By: Shayna Englin
I love running my own business. I savor the challenge, revel in the independence and relish “owning” the successes and the failures. I’m a firm believer in the axiom “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
I know I can.
That said, some failures and rejections are inevitable and are hard to take; and there are days when some doubt creeps in. It’s also a lonely gig sometimes. Even in a room full of friends, running my own firm means I’m ultimately on my own – they can throw me some life preservers and point me to shore, but I’ve got to sink or swim largely by own strokes.
That’s why it’s so meaningful when inspiration and support comes from unexpected places.
Last week, a very distant relative that I adore but don’t get to talk to very often gifted me a book about building a million dollar business. I’ve just started reading the book, and it seems fabulous, but honestly, it could be filled with tripe, and I’d still cherish it.
The gift is evidence that she remembered a side conversation months ago, and that she believes in me enough to think a million dollar business is within my grasp. I know I can; it means so much to know that someone else without significant personal interest in the matter knows I can too.
It got me thinking: how can I spread the love? Who do I know that could use some unexpected inspiration? How should I let her know that, while she’s swimming fast with her own strength, I know she can make it to shore; and I’m standing by with a new pair of goggles if she needs them?
Tell us: Has someone provided you with some unexpected inspiration? Have you provided some to someone else?