Life Lessons From Our First Two Years In Business

My wife Kathy and I jumped into to world of entrepreneurship two years ago. Seemingly overnight we went from pastor and retail sales to small-business owners. In a matter of weeks Em’s Cafe was born. 

     

I’m often asked if our Cafe is successful. It’s a good question to consider especially when the statistics tell us there is little chance we will be around in 5 years. A Globe & Mail piece said that, “30% of small businesses will fail within two years.” Well at least we have cleared that hurdle. But over 50% of small businesses don’t survive 5 years so I guess we still have more challenges to navigate. 

As a small-business owner, I am always trying to learn how to to be better. Of course I want our business to grow and be successful…but how would I know if it is?

Our original vision for the cafe was, “to have a positive impact in the community and the lives of our customers.” That continues to be our motivation today along with wanting to be the no 1 destination in our county.

But really those are outcomes or results of something. How do we get there? How do we accomplish what we believe God has called us to do?

Recently, I heard financial guru Dave Ramsey explain it this way.

“If you’re gonna win in business, you gotta love people.” Actually it was more like, “You gotta looooooooooove people.”

That’s it. You gotta love people.

Ramsey went on to say that if you are in business for money, then you will likely fail (and he hopes you do).

Every day, our business gives us hundreds of opportunities to love people…our team, our customers, our neighbours and other business owners in the community.

Sure, we continue to give attention to market trends, operating costs, margins, marketing strategies and opportunities for growth, but loving people is what we do. At least it’s what we try to do. 

 Keys to Surviving Two Years in Business

In addition to trying to love people, there are a number of lessons we’ve learned (more accurately still learning) that will not only serve us well in business but in our personal life as well.

Wise Counsel

Long before we signed our names to any business document we sought input from people who are way smarter than we are and that has only continued. We are deliberate in who we connect with. When it comes to our business, we looked for people who are not only successful in what they do, but in how they do it.

Two years in, there are new things to learn, different decisions to be made and complexities to be managed. We couldn’t do it on our own…and we don’t want to.

Em’s is the result of the involvement of so many people, the list is long. It would be naive to think that somehow Kathy and I pulled this off on our own.

Educated Ignorance

Have you ever done something without fully understanding what it was going to take to succeed? Yeah me too. I recently heard Malcom Gladwell use the term “useful delusion” when referring to entrepreneurs embarking on a new idea. I’m not sure who coined the phrase, but basically it means to be confident enough, even ignorantly so, to think you can do something even if it’s a long shot. It’s not arrogance, but optimism rooted in ignorance.

Don’t get me wrong, I think we should do our homework, do the research, collect the data and gain the insights necessary to make a decision, but no matter how much we prepared for the cafe, there was no way we could have anticipated exactly what it would be like or what it would take to launch it and run it.

Years ago, our son did some cliff jumping at a summer camp. He was about 7. We boated out to see him leap from 20 feet up into the lake. The only problem was, he didn’t know how to swim. He found a way to get back to the shore and then up he’d climb the heights and do it all over again. He had the time of his young life.

At some point, you just have to jump.

Tortoise Mindset

When you take on a new challenge like launching a small business you learn new things about yourself. I discovered that I was more entrepreneurial than I ever thought before. That may sound like a good thing in business…it is…but it can also get you into trouble.

The children’s story of the “tortoise and the hare” serves as a great metaphor. I’d go on Dragon’s Den next week if I thought it’d help. But we’ve just begun year 3 and we are not ready to pitch anything to anyone. Having a long-term approach, moving forward consistently and intentionally will serve us well, just as it did the tortoise.

Small businesses fail for many reasons…things like lower sales than anticipated, large debt load or unforeseen obstacles like competition opening up down the street. And all these can effect cash flow.

Of course we want the business to grow. But how to do that is an ongoing tension to be managed. We continue to learn how to manage the tension between growing the business and potentially sabotaging it by being reckless. It’s art more than science I think.

Tortoise Thinking

  • It’s okay to make mistakes, just not fatal mistakes. Not everything we’ve tried succeeded. Some decisions just don’t work. That’s okay…as long as we didn’t put everything on red 23 and let it ride.
  • Seek input from objective sources; have a trusted circle of people who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. I can’t say this strongly enough. Always try to be the dumbest guy in the room…for me that’s not too hard.
  • Avoid debt. It’s not impossible. In fact people like Dave Ramsay would say it’s the only way. Maybe there is good debt and bad debt, but I watch Dragons Den and Shark Tank and it pains me to see people leverage everything they have for a dream…especially when the sharks tear their idea to shreds…that hurts. Whatever you choose, minimize debt as much as possible.
  • Don’t sacrifice the future for the present.  This relates to everything from day to day operations, marketing, money, hiring and other business relationships. We have 5 , 10 and 15 year views for our business. How it plays out may change but we hopefully will never put our future in jeopardy by what we do today or next week.
  • Never forget your “why”. The more complex business gets, the easier it becomes to move away from what got you there in the first place. Remembering why we opened the cafe keeps us grounded and gives us guardrails against making a decision that could cause us to wreck.

So there you have it. 3 keys to business that work in every other area of life as well.

wise counsel…educated ignorance…a tortoise mindset

Whether you’re considering your career, your marriage or personal goals, you will never go wrong by including them.

Feeling stuck? Not sure what to do next? Your life not where you want it to be?

Life coaching can help. Contact me to arrange a free 45-minute discovery call. Lets talk.

 

12 Life Lessons From A New Small Business Owner

What I've Learned After 1 Year of Being The Boss

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about things…things that you never tell anyone about? But you still dream and wonder…what would happen if?…what if it is possible?…what’s the worse that can happen? That’s often where the dream dies too. When we think about the unfavourable outcomes, they scare us back into reality.

Have you ever been there? Yeah, me too.

A year ago, Kathy and I made a decision to leave our jobs and open a cafe in Coldwater ON, a town of 1100 people. Yes, I think it was a risk. To some perhaps a great risk, even a bad risk. But we did it.

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We just celebrated our first year at Em’s Cafe and I’ve been reflecting on what it’s meant for us to chase this dream.

I’ve concluded that the lessons I’ve learned so far as a small business owner translate into valuable life lessons as well. So here is some of what I’ve learned after 1 year in business.

12 Life Lessons From A New Small Business Owner

You can’t underestimate the value of wise counsel. We never would have made the decision to leave secure jobs and start something that we had no previous experience in, without the input and counsel from people we trusted. The small circle of individuals who guided us were invaluable, and still are.

Do you have trustworthy people in your life? They tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear.     

Starting a business is hard work. This seems obvious, but I’m not sure if we knew ahead of time what it would take, we would be so anxious to do it. Perhaps a little ignorance helps. We have never worked as hard as we have this past year and it was awesome.

I’m reminded of the season 1 “Frazier” episode when he was about to engage in a street fight with Mr. Mann. It was broken up be for it started and as he makes his way into a cafe he says… “Dad, dad, did you see me? My hands are trembling, my chest is pounding, my mouth is all dry and my legs feel like jello…I feel great!”

Accomplishing something important to you will likely be harder than you could ever imagine…do it anyway. 

You can do more than you imagined. So many aspects of the cafe were new to me: bookkeeping, staffing, payroll, ordering food, dealing with customers and vendors to name a few. But you won’t know what you’re capable of until you start. You can never foresee all the tasks, responsibilities and challenges that you will face as a business owner, but you will be able to do more than you ever thought you were capable of.

I’m convinced that most of us never reach our potential; don’t let fear keep you stuck…don’t settle for mediocrity. 

Even when you love your spouse you may have fleeting thoughts of killing them. From opening day, Kathy and I worked together, 7-days a week for over 5 months. (In October I launched my life-coaching business which meant spending fewer days each week at the cafe). Working 70+ hours a week together week after week can strain even the best marriage. We’ve had our moments for sure. Thankfully the occasional thought to commit a felony against the other was dismissed as we vented, sometimes screamed, but eventually talked and resolved our differences.

Conflict is a means to greater growth and intimacy. Don’t avoid conflict, strive to do it well.       

Not everyone wants you to succeed. It’s true. Some people will be surprised if you succeed and some may hope you don’t. There will always be those who want to discourage you from pursuing your dreams. I won’t go into the reasons here, but it’s good to be aware. Use their cynicism as motivation. But don’t let them too close either.

Proper boundaries can protect you from those who want to harm you.  

The people you surround yourself with make all the difference. The cafe would never have happened without the support of so many wonderful friends and family. Everywhere we look in the restaurant we are reminded of them. The space is so personal to us because of who were involved. So many contributed in so many ways; selecting paint colours, painting, wiring, plumbing, creating menus, furniture and more. 

Who you surround yourself with can make all the difference between success and failure. 

Success is not defined by money. We have people ask us all the time, “Has the cafe been successful?” I suppose most are asking if the cafe is making money. Sure as a business you want to be profitable, maybe in the beginning , just paying the bills. But that kind of success will be hollow and unfulfilling if that’s your only measurement. Our vision, from the beginning was to create a meaningful experience for our customers through a warm atmosphere, friendly service and great food & coffee (especially the coffee) and to have a positive impact in the community. If we are doing that, then we’re successful.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” 

Our life is not about us. I was a pastor for 15 years, I’ve been a therapist in private practice, and I drove a truck for UPS before that. Now I’m a cafe owner and a life-coach. Each has been an opportunity to make a difference in someones else’s life. I may actually connect with more people as a cafe owner than I did as a  pastor?

Whatever you choose to pursue in your life, make it about improving the lives of others not your own. 

Generosity is contagious. We hopefully foster a spirit of generosity at the cafe. Whether a free coffee or lunch for someone in need, or a quiet conversation with someone who is hurting, you can never go wrong caring for others. Customers leave money with us to pay for others meals and we’ve seen other local businesses do incredible things too. To celebrate our 1st birthday this past weekend, about 10 Coldwater businesses teamed up with us to raise funds for the Men’s Lighthouse Shelter & Soup Kitchen, here in Orillia. It was incredible to see so many rally around a great cause.

You can create change and momentum by taking action and leading the way for others to do the same.   

You can’t do everything so do a few things well. Our goal at the cafe was to do a few things really well, rather than try to do a lot of things potentially with mediocrity. Even customers will ask for more; “When will you offer salads? Why don’t you sell bread.” My standard answer then is, “I’m not getting up at 3am to bake you a loaf.” Doing too many things can compromise what you want to accomplish.

Take time to consider how you want your life to look and don’t let other things crowd our the most important. 

Be clear on you you want to be. As a cafe we are not trying to be Tim Hortons or Starbucks, we’re trying to be the best Em’s Cafe we can be. Although I don’t mind when I hear our coffee is better than theirs. Is not about market share & profitability but about being the best version of Em’s we can be. Learning how to do that is a daily, on-going process.

Don’t try to be someone else. You’re not them, and you never will be. You are uniquely qualified to be you. 

So there you have it…12 life lessons that I gained from 12 months of being a small business owner. There are more to learn too.

Q. Did a particular lesson stand out for you? Why?

Are you looking to make some changes? Life coaching can help. Contact me to arrange an initial free 30 minute Discovery Call. Let’s talk.

 

When Your Work Stops Working For You

Have you ever been in a place where you are enjoying success in your career, but you’re miserable? Or perhaps you feel like you’re stuck in your current work with no options. Maybe you just made a lot of changes to get to where you are, and to make another move so soon seems unwise or maybe impossible. Or maybe the success you’re enjoying has helped create a particular lifestyle for you and your family, that could be in jeopardy if you were to make a change now. And you feel stuck.

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I’ve been there too, I really have. It can be a dark place, when you feel trapped with no apparent way out.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine, her name in Misty. I recently visited with Misty and she shared her story with me and now I’d like to share it with you.

Misty, grew up in Dundas Ontario. She was married and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with her daughter. Circumstances changed and eventually Misty went from stay-at-home mom, to being a single-mom, and being the sole provider.

Misty embarked on a job in the retail industry and enjoyed a lot of success. With her engaging, outgoing personality and strong work ethic it wasn’t long before she went from sales clerk to store manager to acting, regional director, responsible for an entire district.

This is alone is a great story. But there’s more I’d like Misty to share with you.

Me: Hi Misty, thanks so much for sharing your story with us today.

Misty: I’m glad to do it, thank you.

Me: Okay, let’s jump right in. Only a few years go, you went from being a stay at home mom to a career in retail. And things were going well for you there, correct?

Misty: Yes, I did enjoy the job and I did quite well. I moved up in the company and along with promotions came more responsibility and income.

Me: That’s awesome. What did you enjoy most about the job.

Misty: The people I got to work with, my immediate Team and my Corporate Team were some of the best people I have ever got to work with. I also love the competitive side of sales, it’s like adrenaline once you start seeing results you have to keep striving for even more. 

Me: So you liked the challenge increasing sales and seeing the store surpass it’s targets and goals. Well, you certainly made a huge impact on the store and the company as evidenced by the feedback and promotions you received.

Misty: Yes, it was rewarding to see the store and the staff excel and to have Corporate recognize the effort, of the entire team. 

Me: In recent months, things took a turn. Can you tell us more about that?

Misty: With a great team, sales were the easy part.  But the increased sales and greater responsibility, lead to greater demands on my time and energy. The amount of operational tasks involved in running a business, I always ended up staying late or going in early and so my home life suffered. My time at home with my daughter was reduced and when I was there, I was often stressed and not really present. Small things could set me off and I started to realize that while I was “successful” in my work, other parts of my life were beginning to suffer. My personal relationships suffered and my social life became almost non-existent. Work was beginning to take over my life, even when I wasn’t at work. All of that along with a daily commute to the GTA made for long days and made being a good partner and mom difficult because I was exhausted. I was becoming the kind of person I didn’t want to be and that was very difficult to see in myself. 

Me: I think a lot or people can relate to what you just said. So you began to make some changes?

Misty: I decided that I had to make a job change but of course there’s the obvious financial concern when leaving a job. It was a concern for sure so before I left I had to come up with a plan on how I was going to replace at least part of my Income. It takes some planning for sure.  I reviewed my personal budget and expenses, trimmed things where I could and put a new budget together based on some of the things I was exploring.   

Me: Can you say more about that?

Misty: Well, I love retail and the selling process with potential customers so I contacted a friend who was able to create a job for me that was closer to home with flexible hours that fit my life better. But I also decided to launch my own business from home. It in the early stages but I am excited about the potential it brings and the flexibility it provides already. Something I was not able to enjoy working in a retail/ corporate environment.  

Me: That’s awesome Misty. I love to see people take action and make the changes that are more in line with their values and the life they want. Did you always consider yourself to be an entrepreneur?

Misty: No, not until I started thinking about my job in retail management. Even though I worked for a corporate company I was successful because I thought like a business owner.

Me: That’s a great point. The skills that made you successful in retail management, you are bringing into your new endeavours including the business you are launching. What has been most challenging in starting your own business?

Misty: Just getting going and growing my team, I have to be patient and honest with people. I have goals to get people to sign up as distributors also and that’s been challenging because most people don’t really know where to start when making life changes or they’re nervous about making changes themselves.

Me: So being consistent, honest and setting goals have helped you get your business going. Great. What advice would you give someone who is considering a career change or possibly starting their own business?

Misty: Just be patient and confident. You have to get over what other people may think about what you are doing. You have to think outside the box to do well, so consider how you plan on being successful. Consider how you are going to balance your new job and new business with time for yourself and plan it out so that you don’t loose sight of that. 

Me: What have you learned about yourself in this process?

Misty: I didn’t think that I would be able run my own business. Of course you are nervous at first…excited but nervous so I guess I’ve learned some confidence. I think also I’ve learned that so many people are looking for opportunities to change their life. But you have to be patient. Most people are nervous and scared so I’ve learned to be patient too. In any business, if you love your product, love people and believe you can help them by bringing them together, you can have the confidence to keep going. 

Me: You’ve obviously made some significant decisions and changes in your life over the past few months. Did you do this on your own or did you have others alongside you?

Misty: I had a a close friend who was there with me but my boyfriend Brent has been an incredible support. He’s taught me tons about business and retail. 

Thank you so much for giving a glimpse into your life and for sharing your story. I’m sure it will inspire and encourage others. I wish you great success in all you do moving forward Misty.

If you would like to connect with Misty to learn more about the positive changes she has made in her life or learn more about her business, you can reach her by phone @ 905818 3052 or on her website mistyrose.myitworks.com

I appreciate Misty’s story and that she would share it with us. In part because she’s a friend and I’ve seen it unfold personally, but because I’m convinced her story reflects the story of so many others…maybe yours too.

Let me just mention a few takeaways.

  • If your work isn’t working for you anymore, you may have more options than you think. 
  • If your work isn’t working for you anymore, don’t just quit. Get input from trusted people. Surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart. 
  • If your working isn’t working anymore, put a plan together and take action. Take the first step. 
  • If success in your work is having a negative impact on your family, friendships and health, it may be time for a change.
  • What has given you success in one job or career could serve you well in another entirely different job or business. Your strengths (personality, skills etc) are transferable. Think outside the box. I wrote more about this here.

Do you have questions about your work? Looking to make a career or job change? Life coaching can help. Contact me to arrange an initial free 30 minute Discovery Call. Let’s talk.

 

5 Reasons Why The “48 Days To The Work You Love – SEMINAR” Might Be For You

Perhaps you’ve heard these from people you know or you’ve made them yourself. In any event, the following statements reflect the very reasons you will benefit from participating in an upcoming

48 Days To The Work You Love SEMINAR.

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  1. “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” (I hear this from 20-somethings and 50-somethings)
  2. “I’m ready to start my own business…now what?”
  3. “I just lost my job.”
  4. ” My job search has been futile…I’m stuck.”
  5. “I don’t enjoy my job but I don’t know how to change directions.”

Do any of those resinate with you? Maybe someone you know or someone you work with? Statistics suggest the majority of employees are dissatisfied with their current work; maybe this is you too?

The 48 Days Seminar may be just what you are looking for to help you gain the clarity and direction you need to help you find the work you love.

In this 6-week seminar you will…

  • Understand what work fits your personality
  • Reduce stress and discouragement in your current job
  • Gain clarity about your calling and produce work that is purposeful and meaningful
  • Discover work that combines your passions, skills & personality

What can you do?

  1. Participate in the seminar. For more details on how you can be a part of this practical 48 Days Seminar click here.
  2. Share this link with someone you know will benefit from the seminar.
  3. Invite someone to attend the seminar with you.
  4. Fill out the form below if you have more questions about the seminar.

Are You One of Them?

I just came across another article suggesting that more than 80% of employees dislike their jobs, complain about their jobs, and would change their job if they had a clear plan to do so.

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That means that the majority of those you work with are unhappy or dissatisfied in their work. Perhaps the person sitting across from you, or in the next office. That means that the majority of people in your lunch room are possibly looking for a new job or at least want a new job.

What about you?

Are you reaching your potential in your current work?

Do you dream about making a career change but not sure where to begin?

Do you have dreams of starting a business but are afraid to take the next step?

Do you think there is work out there that is a better fit with your skills, personality and passions?

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In this 6-week seminar you will…

  • Understand what work fits your personality
  • Reduce stress and discouragement in your current job
  • Gain clarity about your calling and produce work that is purposeful and meaningful
  • Discover work that combines your passions, skills & personality

Your seminar kit includes:

  • A copy of 48 Days to the Work You Love” by Dan Miller
  • 48 Days Personality Profile
  • A 260-page Application Guide to walk you through the 48 Days Process
  • Six weeks of Monday meetings with your 48 Days facilitator and a like minded group of passionate people on the same journey.

The seminar will run for 6 weeks  From May 2 – June 13 on Monday evenings from 7-9pm. (Not including the May long weekend) and we will meet at 216 Colborne St W Orillia, ON (Front door – Second floor)

I’m ready to love my my work and fulfill my purpose!

For more details on how you can be a part of this practical 48 Days Seminar click here.

10 Lessons: Going From Pastor to Small Business Owner

 

Over the past year our life has taken a significant change in direction. I left pastoral ministry after 15 years and Kathy left 25 years in retail to pursue a new opportunity. May 1, we became small business owners as we opened Em’s Cafe.

 

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Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned as I transitioned from pastor to small business owner:

You can accomplish a lot with the help of a loving group of friends

One of the reasons the cafe is so meaningful to us is that virtually every part has a personal touch from someone we know and love. From paint colours, to furniture, artwork, and lighting, someone close to us had a part. Our community of friends and family have been so supportive and a real part of the success of the cafe. It wouldn’t be a reality without the help of so many. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by an incredibly loving community.

Wise counsel is priceless.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.” Prov 15:22

From the very moment we began to entertain the idea of running a cafe, we sought input from others. This was one of the most important decisions we made. We talked with business owners, close friends and family, inviting their feedback because we trusted them. Were we crazy? Is this a realistic plan? Are there things we’re not seeing? Everything was on the table and their input was invaluable.

Helping someone realize their dream is awesome

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar

What started as a casual conversation about 15 years ago eventually became a reality this year. I think I like the idea of a cafe because I have spent so much time in them over the years. But with Kathy’s passion for food & chocolate and her love for people the cafe has been a perfect fit for her. Ultimately this is her dream and one that I get to be a part of. I have loved being part of the researching, planning, organizing and the day-to-day operations. Seeing Kathy thrive in her new environment is very satisfying.

Receiving help is humbling.

It seemed that at every turn someone was offering to help and to be honest,  it’s not easy to ask or receive help. Maybe you’re the same way. It may be a struggle to be on the receiving end of someone’s help but it sure means so much. If you do struggle with this, remember…how do you feel when you help someone else? You don’t think twice about it, you do it and feel good about it right? Then allow others to experience the same thing. Sometimes you will be on the receiving end of generosity…be grateful for it.

Food is an effective way to connect with people.

The vision for Em’s Cafe is to have a positive impact on every customer and the community. People are awesome…some visit and you know their life story before you pour their coffee. Others have a wait and see approach. But either way, food and coffee have a way of making strangers, friends.

The hours don’t matter when what you’re doing matters.

Yes, it’s a lot of work to open and run a new business and when I look back to those first few weeks I’m not sure how we got through some of those long days. It was crazy! But I have no regrets only gratitude. Perhaps we wouldn’t follow through on new ideas if we knew in advance what it would take to accomplish them. A little ignorance can be a gift I guess.

Ministry happens wherever you are.

I know that some people questioned my decision to leave pastoral ministry to open a cafe. I get it and I totally understand. But the truth is I connect with more people as a small business owner than I did as a pastor. This is not a statement about pastoral ministry as much as it is a reality of operating a community based business. We have seen thousands of people come through our door in the past 5 months. No, not every customer becomes a friend (although Kathy does her best to make that happen). But the cafe does provide plenty of opportunities to connect with people in a meaningful way.

Saying “Yes” to something , means saying “No” to something else. 

This has never been more true for me than this year. It’s easy to add things to our calendar without removing something else and before long we have little or no margin in our lives. Launching a small business has meant being very intentional about what we would be doing and what we would have to say no to. We would have to be all-in to have any success at all. Working 7 days a week, and some very long hours, meant that we would be saying no to other things; some good things too. Here are just a few examples:

  • Time with friends would be limited.
  • Church attendance would be interrupted (we’re thrilled to be back regularly now).
  • Pool parties were non-existent (this one really hurt)
  • No late night movies or TV including sports…I know crazy right?
  • Fewer family dinners; in fact finding food at home would be a challenge some days.

Whether you own a business or not, you have to say no to something when you want to say yes to something else.

Loving your neighbour is hard work

We have incredible customers, we really do. But we don’t just take their order and their money. We have made it a priority to engage them with a smile and conversation, even if it’s simply, “How’s your day going? Where are you from? Where are you going from here?  We get to know our customers (Kathy has an incredible way of remembering details and remembering them on their next visit) and I think many are surprised by the level of engagement we provide.  But this is hard work…if you’re an introvert like me, it’s exhausting work but so worth the effort.

Having a great team is essential. 

The cafe was a family decision which meant that our kids were not only on board with the idea of a cafe, they would be working with us as well. And they have been terrific. Yes there have been bumps along the way…working with family is a new and unique experience for all of us.

Hiring the right staff has also been a critical piece to the success of the cafe. Early on we learned from others that it’s critical to be thoughtful in the hiring process.  We have been so fortunate to have wonderful people working with us. They bring their unique personalities to the cafe and make it better. They are awesome and we love them.

 

Boiling it down to a few takeaways:

  1. Focusing on others well-being brings meaning & purpose to your life.
  2. When making significant decisions, seeking wisdom & insights from others is critical
  3. You can accomplish more by surrounding yourself with people you trust and love.

 

Question: How can you implement one or more of these in your life starting today?  

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Change Your Life in 48 Days

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion, He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” – James Michener

It’s common to hear that a high percentage of employees dislike their jobs. A Washington Post article suggests only 13% of people worldwide like going to work. That’s a startling number but one that is reinforced by many people I talk with daily.

Are these statistics a statement about work itself or the kind of work people are engaged in?

Just over a year ago I came across Dan Miller and his (48 Days To The Work You Love/No More Dreaded Mondays/Wisdom Meets Passion) book and I have to say, it has changed the way I view my work now.

I thought you might like to check out the site as well.

48 Days To The Work You Love

After reading 48 Days To The Work You Love, I visited Dan in Nashville. It was a wonderful couple of days as we explored life-coaching, the meaning of work and the importance of finding work that fits who we are; our skills & abilities, personality traits and our values, dreams & passions. Dan has helped thousands through the process of finding meaningful work.

He has helped me as well and has been a significant part of my own personal journey over the past 18 months as I began to explore what the next chapter of my life might look like.

Check out the success stories on the site and let me know what you think. 

 

Dan