I’ve got a confession to make. It’s not that I haven’t been totally honest with you – I have. It’s more that I haven’t been totally honest with myself.
You know that phrase “keep it real?” Well, I love it. I might even go so far as to say it’s part of my personal philosophy. I appreciate people who for better or for worse “keep it real,” and I’m about to do the same.
So, if you can’t stand heat, now would be a good time to leave this kitchen.
Entrepreneurship is Just like Life
One thing I’ve learned about entrepreneurship is that it’s a lot like life in general. There are so many parallels. Take for example these things:
- Your business idea: Like an unborn child.
- Your first client: Like a child’s first words.
- Your first “no”: Like getting dissed by your first crush.
- Your first refund: Like falling down on stage at your graduation ceremony.
- Your first bad employee: Like getting stood up for prom.
- Your first big contract: Like falling in love for the first time.
- Your first big marketing promotion: Like going on an amazing first date.
- Your first BIG tax bill: Like eating a pound of cheese when you’re lactose intolerant.
Okay, maybe that is pushing it a bit far, but you get the idea.
Crazy as it sounds business and life are one in the same if you’re in business for yourself. Because if your business is truly a labor of love (as many are), if it’s truly a reflection of who you are, and if it’s your vehicle for bringing your God-given gifts into the world, then it’s far more personal for you than even the most authentic personal brand could express.
So what happens to your business when you withhold the most important parts of yourself from it?
Clearing the Interference
While on YouTube the other day, I came across a peak performance and intimacy coach, Gina Parris. I don’t know much about Gina, but while watching the first 38 seconds of this particular video, I came to a profound personal understanding of something I had only understood intellectually.
In this video, Gina says, “When I’m talking about peak performance, I’m talking about throwing off everything that’s not the real you, [anything that] is not the person you were created and designed to be.”
She goes on to explain that your potential exists on one level, and your performance exists at another level (typically under your potential), and it’s only when you remove the interference between the levels, that you are able to perform at your peak – which of course is the most gratifying.
And then it hit me. Eureka! I’ve got some major interference folks.
Now, I already knew this truth, but I hadn’t embraced it. In fact, I resisted it. I would find reason after reason to discredit the need to allow all of me to be part of my personally branded and purpose-based business.
I hate to admit it, but I had succumbed to the power of the Lizard Brain. I was in the war of art, and I wasn’t winning.
And now, for My Jerry Springer Moment
Here’s where I give you my big confession, and you all “oooo” and “aaaah” before wildly chanting: “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!”
But before I go there, I just want to give props to those entrepreneurs that I know and see going so boldly after their dreams with every ounce of who they are. Before I realized I wasn’t in that category, I didn’t really understand how much courage and support it takes.
Having said all that, what you really need to know is that I’ve left out a foundational part of who I am when it comes to the work I do here. And the problem is that everything I’ve created and accomplished after leaving the practice of law is rooted in that foundation.
In fact, I can’t attribute any of my success (and there have been some HUGE successes), thus far to my ability alone. It’s only by Faith in Jesus, the grace of God, and sheer perseverance that I’ve been able to embark on this journey of entrepreneurship without totally losing my mind or my way.
You see, I love Jesus like a fat kid loves cake (yes that is totally a hijacked 50 cent lyric), and His presence in my life greatly affects the way I see entrepreneurship and things I teach as they relate to it.
But I’ve deeply feared sharing that. I’ve deeply feared the labels, associations, and rejection that comes with it. I’ve deeply feared bringing ALL that I am to what I do. But I’m not allowing that fear to hold me back any longer. I’m removing the interference. It’s time for peak performance.
The Lesson Here For You
Yes, there is a lesson here for you and it’s important. Ready?
You have got to live your truth in all you do in life, and this includes your business. Otherwise, fulfillment and purpose will continue to evade you.
I believe that living My Truth will only further unlock the unlimited potential that God has put in me to educate, equip and empower others to become self-employed so that they are blessed, and in turn can be a blessing.
I go to God about everything in my life. And the same is true about my business. Because whether you believe it or not, I believe that God wants you to prosper (both personally and financially), and he cares about your business – because he cares about you.
Going forward I’m going to be sharing a lot more about My Truth. And whether or not you agree with My Truth makes no difference to me. I don’t say that to be flippant. I say that because I’m not here to convince you of My Truth. I’m just here to show you how it works in my life and in my business, so that if you desire, it can help you in yours.
It will be a bumpy ride, but I hope you will join us – me and JC that is.