This has been a long road for me. A road that has been full of bumps, detours, potholes, flat tires and accidents. A road that has been full of discouragements and naysayers. A road where I have often found myself in the carpool lane driving alone. Being an entrepreneur isn’t a glamorous thing for me - it’s a calling. It isn’t about being some internet superstar - that means nothing to me if I can’t feed my family, or assist you in feeding yours. I understand the power of purpose. I also understand that God has not given us our gifts for each of us to stash in some hidden vault, but so that others may benefit from our gifts.
”..to whom much was given, of him much will be required..” -Luke 12:48
This last week has been extremely trying for me as I have had to balance my family life, keep my business thriving, weigh brand new opportunities and consult others on how to grow their businesses - all while being charged with creating stimulating content for EntrepreneurGarden, a blog that could potentially motivate the world’s next great business moguls to take the next step in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Needless to say, that is a lot of pressure. When I started writing this series, I never dreamed that it would open up so many doors - but I am truly thankful. I appreciate every opportunity and prepare for the unexpected because that is the nature of what we do as entrepreneurs: we plan for what we can and prepare for what we can’t.
What I can say is that I work hard. Very hard. Like many of you, I put in ridiculous amounts of time and energy getting ready for the next phase - and as things start to come together, I have to admit sometimes I have to stop and look around at my new surroundings, not realizing how far I’ve come because I’ve been so focused on the destination. But I have evidence of my journey. There are many lives that I have touched & businesses that I have helped flourish. And I have a testimony.
“Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity.. This moment of honesty.. The world’ll feel my truths..” -Jay-Z
There have been some dark days along the way. Times when I’ve broken down in front of my wife trying to figure out why my business wasn’t growing at the speed that I desired. Times when I wondered why the clients that I thought I needed to get me over the hump didn’t accept my proposals. Times when I felt that maybe this isn’t what I was supposed to be doing and sent in my resume to apply for the jobs that perfectly matched my skill set - but they never called me back. When I tell you that there have been dark days, I mean there have been dark days. But every garden experiences storms… this is how we grow.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” -Thomas Jefferson
I know that for a lot of you who are frequent readers, this post is a bit different than what you are used to, but I just feel the need to offer you some good old fashioned encouragement. I don’t know who needs these words, but I promise you: YOU CAN DO THIS - but you might have to do just a little bit more. The pursuit of our dreams isn’t something that we can do with our heads on our pillows - if you want more, you must do more.
So what exactly is “The 212° Theory”? And what is the purpose of the picture at the top of the blog? I’m glad you asked.
For so long, I was just doing enough to get by. I was not pursuing my destiny, but instead, I was sitting on the sidelines waiting for my destiny to find me. Then it hit me one day while waiting for a pot of water to boil. I was living my life on simmer, and that will never allow me to reach my true potential. Water won’t boil until the temperature hits 212° fahrenheit, but I was living my life at 211° (if that). In the words of Brandy, “almost doesn’t count”, and it’s amazing the difference one little degree will make. At 211° water is just hot, but at 212° it is boiling and when water is boiling you can see the evidence of the work! I have decided that from this moment forward, I will live my life at 212°. Anything worth doing is worth doing.
THIS WEEK: I want to encourage you to find the areas of your business (and life) where you have been living on simmer and either turn the pot up or turn the pot off. Now is your time, but you won’t be able to truly seize your opportunities until you DO MORE. 212°.
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