If you’ve ever listened to Dave Ramsey, you’ve heard him coin the phrase “change your family tree”. While I’m 100% on board with changing my family tree financially, I also am professionally. When I work with clients, a lot of what I do is show them possibilities and what could be in their business, and then I show them how. And it’s the best feeling.
I’ve thought a lot about how I ended up where I am in life and in this entrepreneurship role. Looking from the outside in, it makes no sense. No one in my family owns a business, heck I had never even lived in an owned home. When I grew up we didn’t even know anyone who owned a business. People who owned businesses, in my young mind, seemed like rich people, people who handed the business down to their children, or to own a business you needed to be in a big city with plenty of resources. So it never really resonated with me, or was even a thought or inspiration.
Wanting Something More
I grew up playing sports, a lot of sports, then competitive traveling teams, which eventually led to collegiate sports. Athletics taught me a lot about possibility. If you want it bad enough, and try hard enough, you can get it. And I think that’s what did it for me. I’ve always had it in my mind that if I wanted something, and I was capable of achieving it, then why wouldn’t I go get it?
That’s how I think when I work with clients. There are SO many possibilities in business, your business, your future- your one life. If you’re stuck, if you’re unhappy, if you want more, change something. You can and you should.
No Straight Path
We’ve done a lot of pivoting, I’ve become a master at it. But the biggest change to my path was in 2014-2015-ish. We uprooted and left everything we knew. We moved to a new location, bought a home on land, started a new business with zero capital, started a ranching operation, at 30-years-old, with a one-year-old. Because, why not?
I did not grow up in the ranching industry, I’d never lived in anything but a rental, and was a first time mom. We took a hard left, and it was the best decision of my life. I had purpose, I was fueled with inspiration and it has presented so many opportunities.
Everything is Figureoutable
Marie Forleo hit the nail on the head with this one. The phrase “everything is figureoutable” is solid gold. And so is that mentality.
As an entrepreneur you hit road blocks all of the time. It’s the part where you don’t quit during the hard times, you go over it, around it or THROUGH IT. Can I get an amen? You have to know, deep down inside, that just about anything is possible, and figureoutable.
For several years we had built our cattle herd up to really high quality animals. Buyers wanted our animals, people were talking about how well they performed, and we knew there was more opportunity. So we did something that no one I knew personally was doing, we started an online beef company. We now ship our high quality product across the country. I had to figure out SO many new things in that business venture, but it’s been incredibly rewarding.
Opportunities lie where you do something different.