My journey has been everything but traditional. From a young age I’ve always felt highly creative and called to do great things in my life. I used to daydream a lot and imagine achieving things that I couldn’t even figure out how I would make happen. Ambition was the theme behind my every thought. When I started moving into the adult world where I had to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do, nothing ever seemed to make sense. I always felt like I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. This feeling started to become quite paralyzing as I saw all my peers finding their place without much struggle. I felt like something was seriously wrong with me. Their paths seemed simple, mine always felt complicated. I was terrible in school, resisted anything that made me have to follow rules and often felt disappointed in choices I would make hoping to find something that would make me feel fulfilled. Jobs never worked for me, and it was physically and mentally painful to stay at one and being an employee. I also suffered from severe anxiety for about 10 years during that time. You could say that I felt quite lost and hopeless, until I discovered entrepreneurship. Starting my own business was the riskiest and most exciting thing I’ve ever done. It supported my big visions because it was the only option where I could see that I would have the total freedom to create what I wanted, on my terms. That freedom is what made me feel content.
The rest of the story is a complex and inspiring one filled with life lessons, which you can read in my soon to be published book: The art of making things happen. Taking responsibility for the life you want. I had so much to share about this topic and felt a huge responsibility in helping others find their place in life that I went on a mission to write a book about it. Make sure to pop over to my personal site and sign up to my newsletter to hear about the release date.
All that to say that until I allowed myself to really follow the calling or visions that I had I felt extremely unhappy and unsatisfied with my life. I lived in fear of never finding my place and feeling content. It was so uncomfortable just showing up in life each day. If I would have continued down that path and believed that settling was the only option I would most likely be a very miserable person today and I would not be contributing positively to our society. The happier and more fulfilled we are, the more positively we will contribute and the bigger the difference we can make in people’s lives.
It’s not easy to listen to that voice inside and it takes lots of courage to take risks and try different things to find your answers, especially with people around making you feel like you are nuts and infusing your thoughts with their fears! But you have to do it for yourself.
I’m a big believer in personal development and learning what you need to know to take that next step forward. That is why I created Injoy Business. The thought that someone out there might settle and give up on a life that can fulfill them (on their terms) made me want to cry. It scares me to death to imagine what my life would look like today and how unhappy I would be if I wouldn’t have follow my unique path, even though it didn’t seem normal. I want to hold people’s hand as they follow their visions and serve as a mentor.
The journey isn’t an easy one but for me the pain of staying where I was, was worse than the fear of trying and possibly failing!
Don’t settle. You owe it to yourself and to the potential that life has waiting for you to at least try! Just imagine if Oprah would have settled…
Cheers to your success and INJOY the business journey.