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Imagination and Instinct Light the Path in Business

February 13, 2019

Wednesday Wisdom, Inspiration and Motivation for Women Entrepreneurs, Women in Business, Entrepreneurship

Did you know on this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating the Earth revolves around the Sun? Galileo faced the Roman Inquisition, pled guilty and was put under house arrest for the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, Italy. Galileo originally entered college to study medicine but shifted his focus to philosophy and mathematics. He conducted some of his research by dropping objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and eventually created a telescope that allowed him to observed lunar mountains and craters and discover the Milky Way. Can you imagine what the world would have missed if Galileo didn’t change course in life?

Florence By Adam Higginbotham

I found today’s history fascinating since my son is in Florence, Italy at the moment for a holiday with his girlfriend. He is a civil engineer working in New York City because all his life he loved architecture and dreamed of ways to construct buildings. He almost gave up his dream when college engineering courses were very challenging for him. We encouraged him to work harder and follow his lifelong love of building and construction instead of changing course. Today he is successful and visiting some beautiful architecture in Italy to spark his imagination. I shared Galileo’s story with him since technology keeps us connected and he knows I love adventure. These photos are from his trip.

Florence by Adam Higginbotham

Do you remember what you innately loved when you were younger? If you had to think back to your strongest interests when you were developing as a teen and into college, would you say you are living those interests in your entrepreneurial career today? Is today’s passion reflective of who you have always been or did you change course like Galileo to discover another pursuit? I think back to my early days and planning my first fundraising event at the age of nine to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. I collected $100 from the event. My professional career after college was in event planning. My first business was an event planning company. Now with Women TIES I use event planning to bring women together to unite and market their companies. It’s the same skills but different focus.

Florence By Adam Higginbotham

I believe we are created for a unique mission in life and given the imagination, intellect and instinct to pursue our God-given direction. We must always remember to tap into these three gifts when we face a fork in the road like Galileo did when he switched focus from medicine to mathematics. We know who we are inside. We know what truly motivates and moves us. We aren’t entrepreneurs by happenstance but rather for specific cause to make a unique impact on this world.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to inspire you to imagine you are Galileo traveling down the path to destiny only to realize a turn in direction might be the most important decision in your life. Do you make the turn? Do you change course? Do you stay where you are because you know inside this is the right path? How often do you ponder the path you are on right now and whether it is best serving your unique mission in life?

Tracy and Adam Higginbotham in Devon, England

Today might just be the day to look and listen to the voice inside who knows that answer. If you must, turn onto a different path or stay right where you are moving forward with confidence knowing your instinct and intellect will light the way.

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