A few days ago I launched a Facebook/Instagram campaign called Entrepreneur Inspiration. Today is day four of the campaign. As I was writing today’s post, I started to get worried about the length, and to be honest, I started to feel that my content was getting too deep for Facebook and Instagram. I feel more comfortable offering my story and opinions on my blog than I do on other social media. I feel if a reader comes to my blog then he/she is interested in what I have to say and will receive my ideas and thoughts in a good way. I plan to continue to use FB and Instagram as ways to promote my blog, but, from now on, this is the best method for me to share my story.
Day 4: Everyone Needs a Mentor
Here is a short Inc. Magazine video about the four mentors you need as an entrepreneur.
The most powerful part of this video is her last few comments…
“If you can’t get four mentors, then get at least one. It saves the people around you from having to live through your mistakes. It’s one thing if I make a mistake and can pull myself up by the coat tails and keep going, but how my mistakes effect my staff, or effect my clients is one of my biggest concerns.”
YES! I agree, big time! I have proved my ability to rebound after major mistakes, but it’s my mistakes that affect my fellow teachers and/or students at QiFlow that break my heart.
This is why I decided to find mentors of my own. The desire for a mentor came to me when I dismantled my last business and partnership. I began to realize the business and personal mistakes I had made over the past few years, and I was becoming very aware of the mistakes that I was continuing to make as I went through the process of reorganizing my business. The mistakes I was making started to cost me friends, movement teachers and students. I was lost and had to do something quick. I was either on my way to closing my studio, a nervous breakdown, or both.
I needed to rebuild myself and my business, but I didn’t know how. I needed help. I started by asking myself questions: Why? What? When? How? I had the idea of quitting for about 5 minutes, and then I stopped. I got up and decided to do something to change my fate. I wasn’t done, I could feel it. I could feel it deep in my bones that I was not meant to quit or to close, so I got up and got educated. I researched and read business articles online and in magazines, I found mentors through blogs, youtube and books, and I studied the art of business for the first time in my life.
Through my research, I realized that I was living as a reptile. The dismantling of my business, the loss of friends, teachers and students had tossed me, hands tied and feet bound, straight into survival mode. I was living and breathing as a reptile and was constantly finding myself in the throws of fighting and defending myself. I was neck deep in survival mode and I needed help. I had two choices: stay the same or change. I chose change. I chose to educate myself by listening to the advice and knowledge of others. I found mentors. I stretched my mind. I tried new things. I fell in love with business and teaching again. I became an entrepreneur. I dived in and changed my life.
Mentorship for me comes from the vehicle of social media and google research. I found my mentors through youtube videos, blogs, Inc.com, success magazine, the book Entrepreneur Revolution, London Real and the story of Brian Rose, the reality show The Profit and endless TED talks given by hungry entrepreneurs out to change the world. I opened myself to the power of guidance, and after almost 10 years of being a business woman, I finally feel the power of entrepreneurship and mentoring.
I am a changed woman, both in business and in life through mentorship and education. Knowledge has given me the power to stop fighting the process, mentorship has redefined what it means to be a business woman, and both combined, have given me the ability to forgive myself for my past mistakes.
I’m finally on my path. It’s been a hell of a climb, but today, day four of entrepreneur inspiration, I am here to tell you that I am on my path. I am on my way, I feel it. I am excited and I feel the need to share. I haven’t gone through all of this to keep it to myself. It’s my responsibility to help others. This is why I believe I had to climb so steep to get where I am today. And this is why I didn’t give up.
With great power comes great responsibility…I want to help others succeed, not just on the mat, but in life as well. On a Ted talk today, I heard a powerful statement…“Use the greatness in you to engage the greatness in others.” –Susan L. Colantuono. YES! I love it! And that is just what I am going to do… three tents left for QiTopia Summer. Join me for two days of outdoor camping adventures, silent hikes, QiFlow movement therapy clinics, mobility training, meditation and mentor sessions August 21-23 at the gorgeous Shambhala Mountain Center.
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