So you’re working on something new. And it’s super exhilarating, especially when you’re first starting out! Lots of planning takes place. You get all your to-do’s in order. But then it happens.
At first you’re hopeful, but then that new project doesn’t work out like you thought it would. And you can’t figure out why. Things started off great, but then ended up so much more disappointing than you thought it was going to be. Joy always seems possible and exciting at first. But sometimes it ends up feeling like the pace car in a race–always slightly out of your reach.
If you’re feeling this way, I’d suggest considering the idea of responsibility.
As the masseuse whispered that the massage was over, I didn’t feel a typical sense of disappointment that I would normally feel when relaxing bliss ends. Instead, I remembered that I booked this massage as a means of checking out the hotel it’s in.
Not for just myself, but for my kids and husband, too.
You see, my family and I set out on a vacation in the majestic area of Hudson Valley, New York this past week. With the tree-studded hills, natural streams and fresh water beaches, we knew it would offer a little something for everyone — even our two small boys.
In the hustle and bustle of work, all entrepreneurs — even joypreneurs — have a tendency to put our nose to the grindstone and get stuff done. We barely have time for a Starbucks run, never mind yet another meeting, or — gasp! — an offsite retreat.
But as Forbes reported:
When designed and executed well, in-person offsites generate benefits that simply can’t be replicated. And today’s best offsites aren’t anything like the old model of the top-down information dump. Instead, they encourage — and expect — everyone to contribute and engage.”
I wanted to take the Little Nest team on an offsite meeting for a long time. And I felt it was time to carve out a day and make it happen.
I scheduled the offsite a few months in advance to make sure my entire leadership team was available and chose a nice, inspiring local venue called Grace Winery at Sweetwater Farm.
The day of our offsite finally arrived and I couldn’t be more excited!
My kids helped me pack everything I needed as we headed out the door.
As you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams and your life goals, adversity is going to happen. There isn’t anyone that made it to the top without it. Yet, at times, adversity can make you wanna not only throw in the towel, but rip it up in frustration, too.
So if everyone faces adversity — even those that are able to make their dreams come true — how do they differ?
I wondered this, so I took the time to research what it took for those people to make it to the top. I wanted to know the true story behind the adversity they faced and how they not only overcame it, but found the energy to keep going despite it.
Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to meet and get to know sports celebrities, high achieving business-people, and really wonderful friends.
Mentorship is a strategy that often catapults a business from being just good to great. For me, mentorship has been an important part of my life since I was a child. Like many of you, I spent much of my childhood developing a deep affinity for Mr. Rodgers. It might have been his unconditional care and constant reassurance that I was unique and special. Or that deep down, even as I child, I knew we had a shared belief in how to incorporate faith into our callings. Whatever it was that drew me to him, he was a role model I’d delightfully watch and listen to every possible day. As my life evolved, different people mentored me. Teachers. CEOs. Friends. My parents, of course. It might surprise you, but these days my business mentor is yet again a character positioned as a teacher for the young developed by Mr. Rodgers. An earnest toddler tiger named Daniel.
Yep, my business mentor is a cartoon tiger.