This is just simply amazing!
No one said the road was easy, however it’s great!
The TEW Crew wishes you a happy and productive day!
The 3-Year Review
About 4 years ago I found myself unemployed due to layoffs so I sat home and taught myself graphic design with a $50 piece of software purchased off craigslist! Soon thereafter, I was offered a position as the administrator to a very busy CEO. For three years, I was truly dragged and driven through a pile of mud. I stayed loyal and worked my tail off to collect a paycheck, ensure my family had insurance and for whatever other reasons, I do not know and do not wish to re-live. Although today I wish I had never taken that job, I am grateful because it ultimately led me to true entrepreneurship.
At years (three to be exact) and a few days passed, I found myself frozen in an absolute state of confusion. I could not believe that I allowed myself to be treated in such a way by an authority figure. My boss berated me on a regular and continual basis, he embarrassed me in staff meetings, he often called me out on having minimal amounts of common sense, told me I hadn’t done a thing since I started there three years prior except design ‘pretty well’, told me I was easily replaceable, told me he would surely find someone that would do my job and do it better, told me I helped others on my team too much, told me I took on too many responsibilities, he told me I didn’t even deserve the ‘cost of living’ adjustment on my three year review.
The Weekend After and all those “Why” Questions
The weekend after the big ‘3-year review day’ situation I could not explain to others why I remained loyal to this situation for as long as I did. I talked to many friends and family re-visiting the situation over and over to seek their input on whether or not I was the crazy one. I repeatedly told friends that I could not envision one more day on earth if I had to go to that job yet one more time. I could not wait for my escape day and decided that time would come very quickly. I was so happy that I finally realized that it was time to ‘unlock the treasure of my artistic gifts and become an entrepreneur full time’. I had heard it was the most amazing career anyone could ask for!
That day, my children played the Wii downstairs with my husband laughing and giggling while I sat upstairs in the “office” of JMH Art + Design Studio and cried silently for hours. Puddles of tears watered my shirt and sweat from my hands rested “frozen” on my keyboard. I needed someone to push me over the edge and say – go on, go forth with this decision that you have already made up in your mind.
As I sat there debilitated for hours at my desk with the intent to write a 10-page paper for my marketing course, I asked myself these questions: How did I get here? How did I get this far off the artistic track? Why is it that when I quit art school the year after high school, did I not pursue a career in the ‘arts’. Why, for years was I able to sell my paintings to family and friends, but never step into an art gallery and have them peep my work? Why have I designed hundreds of logos for ‘other people’s’ dreams, while not fully and whole-heartedly pursuing my own? Why, after teaching myself graphic design four years ago while sitting on unemployment did I not pursue that business full time, instead of taking another dreaded administrative support role? Why, while working a full time job, was I able to freelance as a designer and make a 50% increase in revenue for three years, was I not able to do this creative thing full time? Why did I have to find out after nearly feeling ‘dead’ inside?
In the midst of an absolute panic attack, I was finally able to answer all those questions. I was afraid. I realized at that very moment that the answer to all of these “why” questions was this: “only I have the key to unlock that treasure of mine called “the entrepreneur within”. Don’t get me wrong, I had just re-read through for the third time Unlock the Treasure and Discover the Princess Within by one of my BFF’s and life coaching friends, Bernada Baker however that book is for young girls and teens! That lil book truly had an inspiring effect on my soul that morning. The moment I realized and truly understood this concept of ‘unlocking’ all that stuff inside of you that you were meant to be when one is born I realized now was that time for me. So, what next? Prayer.
#TEW2012 – coming soon!
In Pursuit of Your Passion
Have you ever wondered what exactly it means to discover your purpose and passion? What does it feel like to tap into your passion and to actively pursue your purpose? The days pass by when you are no longer comfortable in situations that were once all too familiar. There is burning desire on the inside of your heart to further indulge in your creativity and the freedom of exploring the artistic expressions that bring you joy and a sense of inner peace. You find yourself frustrated on every hand and things that once made sense to you, no longer deserve a rationale about why you do what you do. Have you ever sat back and watched other people find such joy and fulfillment in the work that they do from day to day? Are you looking for a greater sense of purpose and peace as you tap into your inner entrepreneurial potential? If you answered YES, to any of these questions then you are traveling the journey of being in passionate pursuit of discovering your purpose and birthing forth your passion.
In your quest to fulfill your destiny, you must be willing to take risks. You have to be willing to dare to be extraordinary. In your quest to pursue your passion, you have to be willing to pick up the broken pieces, after falling flat on your face and being ostracized, embarrassed and judged by others and pick up right where you left off. There is no such thing as failure if you learned a lesson during the process. When you are in pursuit of your greatness be prepared to confront a sequence of major challenges. In the midst of your journey, your faith has to serve as the foundation for which you establish your goals upon. The process of discovering your passion is by far not an easy task. If by chance you are not fully committed to pursuing your passion, then you may want to consider bowing out of the race now, I say that boldly because there is a mere possibility that with the journey of an entrepreneur, your return benefit may not be as rewarding as you were initially anticipating. Your days may very well be filled with an overwhelming abundance of frustration, a shortage of resources, writer’s paralysis, lack of motivation and a lack of support. In order to passionately pursue your purpose, it is imperative that you are a person of focus, tenacity and commitment in an effort to aggressively make your dreams a reality without throwing in the towel. “You can either throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face!” — Gatorade
Read more when the book comes out!
The Entrepreneur Within book is set to launch on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Join the authors and our publishing company 220 Communications for a brunch celebrating the many entrepreneurial spirits in the city of Chicago. Location to be announced soon! In the interim, follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheEntrepreneurWithin!
We hope to see you there!
The TEW Crew
*****DREAM CHAIN ALERT*****
So…in honor of The Entrepreneur Within ~ Book Release Coming 10.28.2012, in which I’m the founder and of course a contributing author, the TEW Crew decided to start a chain of dream sharing posts. One of my life’s dreams is below…simply replace my dream with yours and repost for all your friends to see. Reposting is a sign that you’re super stoked about your future….not updating means you decided to end up an old cantankerous raisin… jk! 😉
We hope you’ll join us on our journey at TEW to our dream of helping your embrace and pursue your dream! ~ TEW Crew
This “Dream Chain” was inspired by the fabulous Nicole Knox ~ and this is gonna be fun!!!! Here’s my dream: as a young inspired artist at the age of 8, my parents enrolled me in some mail order art lessons. By 7th grade I was standing out in art class (and half flunking all the rest) by high school, I had big plans to go to the Art Institute of Chicago (which I did for a year or so) ~ felt I was better than that so I dropped out of college! Well, at age 35, I finally took time to realize that my dream was to be JMH Art “The Painter”, JMH Art & Design Studio and now, a mentor to my creative daughter Jasmine Holloway at our company JMHx2.
At this venture in my newly established (9 months ago) entreprenuership lifestyle, I have re-created myself as a) a graphic designer b) a team leader for a coffee/tea/nutraceutical company called SereniGy and c) a mentor to many other entrepreneurs that wish to take the ultimate leap of faith. Last but not least, d) an author. As I dreamed up the name “The Entrepreneur Within” well over a year ago, I first thought it would be some kind of club. Then I thought it would be a non-profit. Soon I learned that it was simply, the name of my first book! I want and desire to share all of the tips, tricks and words of wisdom that I received along the way out of my corporate career. I want to share the vision of how you can creatively take any business that your heart desires and pursue it with ungodly passion.
Keep the TEW “Dream Chain” alive by re-posting your ‘dream’ to your own facebook wall!