It’s Tuesday – Begin Where You Are

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

It’s Tuesday and you’re still in same place you were last week, right?

Same job? Same emotional space? Same state of mind?

Well, it’s time to get you moving. And I know, it seems like the journey from here to there is insurmountable. So, the first thing you need to do is BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE with the funds and resources you have available to you RIGHT NOW.

As always — to show that I’m not talking out the side of my mouth as your Begin Coach — I’ve got some proof that not only can acting on this advice work, but that it has worked for others.

Case in point: Did you know that in 1959 Berry Gordy, a fledging songwriter, founded Tamla Records — the precursor to Motown Records — with an $800 loan from his family and royalties he earned writing for Jackie Wilson?

What about Anita Roddick? The founder of The Body Shop? Did you know she  began her multimillion dollar global enterprise in 1971 by creating  cosmetics out of every ingredient that she stored in her garage in Brighton, England?

And we all know the infamous story of Mark Zuckerberg creating Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room in 2004.

Berry, Anita and Mark are all separated by decades and occupations, but what do they all have in common? They did what they could with what they had where they were.

Now it’s time for you to do the same. And I have a few suggestions  that can help you get started.

1. Bitesize your goals. You’ll never get from here to there by taking on the entire journey at once. Instead of setting yourself up for failure by trying to complete a long list of impossible goals, start taking small steps towards your passion/purpose and make a plan to finish three things each day.

2. Create a vision poster and write and/or say positive daily affirmations to yourself.

3. And last but not least, read. Biographies and autobiographies of folks who have been where you want to be are great source material. A good book on your reading list should be Chris Gardner’s Start Where You Are. A second book you should check out is my friend Crystal Wright’s work book, 30 Days at 100 Percent. I have personally implemented Crystal’s strategies in my life and work and I can testify that it works.

I believe that if you implement these three steps today, you’ll move yourself a little closer to your purpose/passion by this time next week. In fact, to ensure you stay on your path, why don’t you take on an accountability partner. We, artistpreneurs, especially, need to support each other.

Anita Roddick said this: “We, entrepreneurs are loners, vagabonds, troublemakers. Success is simply a matter of finding and surrounding ourselves with those open-minded and clever souls who can take our insanity and put it to good use.”

Fam, do you have a testimony about how you put and are putting your insanity to good use? 


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