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Monday Motivation – Having Wings in Business

October 3, 2016

Monday Motivation, Wisdom, Advice and Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners


On the walls of my exercise room are motivational posters with inspirational quotes. One of the posters is a photo of two parents and two sons standing on a mountain holding hands. The quote reads “Direction: There are two important gifts we give our children, one of these are roots and the other is wings.” Having spent the last eight years letting my sons go off to college, a master’s program and internships in New York City, I’ve had to learn to let go and let my sons fly. It has been those happy/sad moments a parent experiences.

As I ran this morning looking at the poster I realized the “Direction” quote has meaning for women entrepreneurs as we enter the end of a business year in a couple months. In order to constantly direct our businesses and ourselves as leaders to higher levels of success in a new year, we must be rooted in our past successes but willing to fly to take new chances. When we stand on the precipice of an “entrepreneurial mountain” we’ve just climbed, we must bask in the accomplishment. But sooner than later, we have to find another mountain to climb. We can’t stay on top forever. We have to tackle another milestone.

Safe feels good. Safe feels comfortable. Safe feels familiar. Jumping off a mountain, setting a new bold goal, and even watching your last child leave the house for college, is unsettling. But with the unsettled feeling comes excitement. Nothing can stay the same forever – no matter how much we want it to. We are challenged in life and in business to move forward. So we have the choice to move forward in fear or to move forward with confidence – or maybe a combination of both. But we have to keep trusting that our roots and our wings will take us to new levels.

womanmountainToday’s blog is to nudge you to jump off the mountain you’ve been standing on too long. If you recently accomplished a major business feat by jumping off the mountain relish the moment and accomplishment. If you have been sitting on the mountain for awhile enjoying the view, it’s time to take off to a new vista. If you’ve just started a rigorous new climb, keep going. You’ll get there.

Go forth today with the knowledge it’s much more fun climbing to new heights than it is to sit on top forever. Life is all about change. Direct yourself and go forth with both roots and wings.

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