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Gratitude and the life of an Entrepreneur

Week 13

This week in my classes we are learning about gratitude and the experiences one gains in being an entrepreneur.  One of the first things is about Gratitude.  President Thomas S. Monson shared about having gratitude for the people in our lives.  He talked about 6 people we should have feel and thank for what they have done for us.  1. Our Mothers- without our mothers and all they went through for us, we wouldn’t be here.   I loved the scripture President Monson shared about Jesus and his mother.  John 19:26-27.  While Jesus was on the cross of Calvary, suffering intense pain and anguish.  Jesus saw his mother and said Woman, behold they son!  Then to his disciples, Behold thy mother!

2. Our fathers and all they give up for us.  They along with our mothers sacrifice much for our well being.  3. Our teachers.   We have many teachers in our lives at school an at church.  President Monson shared about his teachers and what they taught him.  I have had many teachers in school and in church who have been there and supported me in helping me accomplish and learn what I needed to learn. 4 True friends.  I love what President Monson said about our friends.    ” True friends put up with our idiosyncrasies.  They have a profound influence in our lives.  I do have a great gratitude for my friends.  They put up with my shortcomings and allow me to be who I am.  Not all friends at like that.  I do appreciate them so much.  They have been there for me in the hard times in my life.  The moments when I have struggled and needed someone to talk to.  I hope that I have been able to help them as much as they have helped me.  5. Gratitude for our country.  The land we live in.  There has been many who have died for our country that we may have the freedoms that we need.  6.  Our Savior Jesus Christ and for all he has done for us.  He has given his life for ours so that we may return to live with Him.  We must have an attitude for gratitude.

There were others ideas as well.  Recognizing and shaping opportunities-  One of the things is that ideas are different than opportunities.  We can have ideas, but we also need opportunities.  Ideas are just the start of things.  How do they relate or change to opportunities?  One way is to craft the idea into a business opportunity.  The entrepreneur has to identify a strategy for marketing. It is a chance for the idea to meet market need or want.  Will it work?  Is there a need for it?   There were three stories about entrepreneurs that were interesting, I enjoyed this one about the telepizza.  Leo Fernandez worked for a couple of big corporations and then saw that many of the Spanish mothers were going to work, he knew that they prepared meals and liked to eat as a family.  But they wanted healthy meals.  He started telepizza and added healthy options to go with it as a way of helping the Spanish mothers with the healthy meals and the meal time.  His idea took off and he said ” he went his own way, he wanted to be his own boss.”  Isn’t that how it is with most of us?  We don’t like to always be told what to do.  There are benefits to both.

Another concept we read about, is that we need to find a job that we enjoy.  I remember hearing this often in a company I worked for.  Some people say that they will work a job that they won’t enjoy for a few years because it will get them where they want to go.  But if we aren’t happy with the job, we don’t always do our best.  Sometimes we just need to have a good attitude.

Another thought is that before we make the jump to a small business, we take the opportunity to work for a company and learn from it.  I had always wanted to open my own business.  It is really interesting the process and the desires that I had.  I remember working in a small daycare.  It was one of my first jobs and I enjoyed it and eventually went to another daycare.  I had a lot of experience with children, but I wanted to work in the office.  In this company, they never let me work in the office and eventually I left.  But the desire to work in an office was still there and several years later, I found myself in school leaning about accounting and then working in an office for 15 years.   That job was the experience I needed and helped prepare me for my own business.  I do my own accounting for it and do the work that I need to.  I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had.  All of them, have taught me something.  Something my mother always said is that it was important to learn from a job.  When I left the first Daycare to go to the next, she felt I had learned all that I could from that daycare.  She is right.  I did learn.  I was there for four years and then went to a corporate daycare.  Day to day business was run a little bit differently and I think it is important to learn what will work and what will not in our businesses.

I am still learning about my business and I figure it will be a life long pursuit.  Every job is different because it involves people and we are all different and expect different things.  Have a great week and remember to have gratitude for those in your life.

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Helping others by fulfilling your dreams.

Well here’s to a post that was almost done and I sometimes hit a key where it highlights and deletes everything.  Well that happened tonight after I  had spent over an hour writing.  So let’s see if I can do a quick refresher and get it all done as quick as possible.

Here are some questions that I was told I needed to answer in my post this week.

  • Based on what you read in the first two pages (pages 3 and 4), why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?  Virture and integrity are important in any business, because many people feel that corporations are not taking care of those that work for them.  So a company with Virtue and integrity is one that is honest and true.  They will do their best for you without cutting corners.
  • According to Charles Handy, what is the “real justification” for the existence of businesses?  The real justification of a company is not just for a profit, it is to do more with the profit.  More to help others and serve them.
  • What are two solutions proposed by Handy that you agree with? Why?  The first solution is that while it is important to eat to live, if we lived to eat we would all have problems.   Eating to live makes it apart of who we are, but not the main focus of our lives- so serving others and having a business that serves it beneficial in that it is not the only reason we are in business.

Another reason is that many people assume that a company is simply in business to make money, but the reasons are much deeper in that they can accomplish and help so much more when we come together as a group.  So giving to others, helps others.  At times we can only do so much.

There is a connection in serving others.  It is a simply opportunity that we have that we must serve an help others.  In Elder Hollands’ talk, ” Are we all not beggars?”  we learn from the Book of Mormon how important it is to serve others.  Elder Holland reminds us that at times we are beggars too.  Especially when we plead to our Heavenly Father for forgiveness for the sins we have committed and then we too are beggars.   There are many beggars that we can see are in obvious need and while we sin, those needs are not always obvious, but we too need the help.   Elder Holland refers to the Book of Mormon when he talks of King Benjamin stating. Little wonder that King Benjamin says we obtain a remission of our sins by pleading to God, who compassionately responds, but we retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor who plead to us.”

Are we doing our part?  In the same talk Elder Holland states that Jesus said of Mary “she has done what she could.”  We need to help others and doing do in our business is important.    One of the videos we watched was about a woman who wanted to help others, she started out her life in a non profit organization  and eventually ended up at Facebook.  While that sounds like she didn’t want to help, she explains that the mission of Facebook was to share information with friends.  Facebook is a media, where people share stories or information about themselves with their friends.  It is a connection to make things more readily available.  For those whose family is far away it is also a connection to see what is going on in their lives.  After all connections are very important to us.  Life is about the connections we make and how we can better serve and help them.

Another video was called Entrepreneurship and Consecration.  What is important in our businesses is manly that we take opportunities to help others even if it is a very small part.  We do what we can and it in turn blesses us in all that we do.

In another video Larry Brillant spoke of a new breed of entrepreneurs and that all it takes is one person with a great idea.  An example is Google and in making information that was once only for certain people more accessible to others.  For example in another class that I am taking about natural disasters, we haven’t always known about them, but they have always happened and the reason we know more about them is the information we see daily on the internet. So making information available is a service to so many.

So everything seems to relate to serving others and that is the deeper purpose in all we do.  We must take every opportunity to serve those around us. Our businesses are not about statistics or making money.  Mother Teresa once said to a reporter who told her statistically she wasn’t making a different,  “My work is about love, not statistical”  in essence we are serving God as we to the “all wee can do” to serve others.

In all that I read this week, I found that we do our best or “all that I could”  While I could accomplish much more with a lot of people, sometimes it is important that one person cares.  I have seen that in my life too.  Just to know that one person cares is important to me.  It says to me, ” I am important to you.”  I think that serving those around us teach us so much.  We all need help and we can’t do it alone.

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Paying it forward….

The other day we had a discussion about service and at the end one of the discussion, a lady shared about paying it forward.  Well I started to think about this.  Often when we think about paying it forward, its a positive thing.  Someone buys us lunch or does a little act of service for us.  That makes us feel good and we do the same therefore paying it forward.

But what about negative acts?  We have all heard the analogy that dad has a bad day at work, he comes home and takes it out on his wife, who in turn takes it out on the kids and the kids take it out on the dog.    What has got my mind to thinking about negative acts?

Well I was driving today and needed to get across two lanes.  I was able to get into the first lane, but when I went into the second, there was a car that honked.  Was it a short honk to say hey, I’m here, don’t come  over.  Oh no!  It was a long honk…………………..  That lasted way beyond what it needed to be.  Usually things like that make me feel bad and have a lasting effect on me, but today I started thinking about paying it forward.   So in the negative aspect of paying it forward the next time anyone does anything wrong, I should pay it forward with a long honk to let them know that not only are they in the wrong, but I have to make them feel bad about being human in the first place.   Fortunately, that is not me.  I have never been honk happy.   I do dumb things all the time and I am my own worst enemy about getting over it.   The one thing I did today that changed my attitude was remind myself who I am.   I am not perfect and I make mistakes, and that as I make mistakes I will continue to try and do better.

While there are good things and bad things in life, “continuing to move forward” and do the best we can is what is important.   We shouldn’t get so caught up on the things we do that we aren’t perfect in life.  Hey we are human and we aren’t perfect, but we can certainly try to do the best we can in all that we do.

There are enough things in life that push us down and make us feel bad, but doing all we can to move forward is the better option.  What are things that you do that help you move forward?  For me I keep inspirational quotes on my refrigerator.  And whenever I need a pick me up, I know where to look.  I also have some that I have memorized, that help me when I need that continued push.

I hope you all have a good day and do pay it forward, not only does it help the person you are helping, but it helps you.

 

This week in our readings we are learning there are always going to be questions to ask between what is most important family or business?  We read mini case studies based on a decision between our family or our business.  I have had some experience with that and the other day I was watching a video on Facebook before I read any of my lessons that reminded me of the importance of our family over our business.  The reason we are working is for our family and they need to have time with us as well.  So, my answer to that is that family comes first.  They are the jewel in our lives and what means the most to us.  Depending on your values in life depends on where you would answer this question.

We read several articles and there were many things that I pulled from each of them as being important in my life.  Here is some from Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneur excellence,  “Religious people are more resilient and more effective at fighting depression”

Another thought was “the first step in your hero journey is one step in front of the other”.  Any  path we choose takes action.  So in any way be go we have to work at it.  Every goal has merit if we work at it.  Another talk was Called the Formula for Success by Thomas S. Monson where he talks about being successful and fives us 3 rules to be successful.  1. Fill your mind with truth. 2. live a life of service. 3. fill your heart with love.  These three rules will help us be successful in our lives.

There were many other things we read and listened to and they all relate to us in some way.  In The formula for success, I know that I need to read, ponder and study truth.  I love this time I have during each day to reflect, study and learn.  I also write in my journal at this time.  It is part of that reflection that I enjoy and also the peace that comes from reading and studying the scriptures. I use this every day as a way that brings me peace.  I typically like to do this in the morning, but I also like to exercise in the morning, so sometimes my spiritual study gets pushed off to later in the day.  But I never want to miss it because it does bring me peace.

Another topic we read about it Money.  How do we all feel about money?  It seems to be the means to an end.  We have to have it to live and survive in this world.  But does it make us happy?  That depends.  It can bring happiness and it can also bring sorrow.  There are also filters about how we view many subjects in life. Some come from our parents view and others develop as we go to school and learn to think for ourselves.    So in answer to the questions….

  • What is your attitude toward money?  Well I think that we need it in this life and at times it has been very important to me.  I think that as we look at having it to pay bills or getting what we want our of life we have to have it.  But there have been times I have really struggled with it.  I think there is a balance that we need to have.  I don’t need to roll in money to be happy.  I doesn’t necessarily buy my happiness.  I do think it is important to have, but I also think I have a stewardship over how I spend it.
  • How can your view of money affect the way you live?  I could have thousands of dollars, but I would still be frugal.  But not to the point which I am going without something if I need it.  Some of my wants are only wants for a moment.  I have bought things in the past that only made me happy short term.  But because I spend the money on it, I felt that I needed to keep it.  There are many times I go to the store and really want something, but will walk out of the store without it.  I would rather have some for my future and so preparing now for what I need later is important to me.  I don’t have to have the most expensive thing, nor do I need to buy the one that will only last a second.  If I need it, I want it to last longer than a minute or two.  Buying something I will use is important.  I don’t buy just to buy.  I have to have a purpose in which I will use it.
  • What rules are recommended for prospering?  The rules for prospering is giving back.  We are told in the scriptures to help the needy and not turn them away.  Giving to charities or helping others is a way of prospering.  A few years ago, I had very little money.  I learned something that taught me a valuable lesson.  It had to do with giving back and sharing with those who needed it.  I had taken some missionaries to the store and one of them found that her account had been hacked and she didn’t have any money.   While I didn’t have money, I did  have family close by and could ask them for some if I really needed it.  I also had a job (Errand.Girl) where I could work and get more money.  So I gave the last bit of cash I had to these missionaries.  What I found was a blessing, that when I gave of my money I was blessed with a job.  I think it is another one of the blessings that Heavenly Father has for us.  It is hard to give(sacrifice) but when we do, regardless of how that person uses the money, we are blessed in ways we would never have known.

I don’t know if we can answer the question in the title at all, but I do know that my family is important and I do know there is a higher power.  I also know there are dreams that we want to fulfill in life and we have to work at all of them.  But when we do, we are blessed with so many blessings both spiritual and temporal.

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What is the battle we fight within ourselves to succeed?

The readings and videos this week have taught me many things, here are some of the highlights that taught me something.  One of the videos was about Google and how they allow their employees to work 20% of the time on anything they want.  I really liked this idea; that for one day out of the week, I could work on any idea I had to promote the business I worked for.    Marissa Mayer  said that some people questioned it and felt like it was a bad idea, but when Google checked what became of those ideas, it was 50% of things that changed the company.  Wow!  can you imagine what you could do to innovate any idea if you were allowed to work on what you wanted to at work?  I was really impressed with that idea and how it really does help businesses grow.  I think that is a great idea and for me, I don’t always spend a lot of time working on my business, but if I would spend at least 20 % of the time working on my business, it would see bigger results.  So that will be a goal for me, to work at posting more on Facebook or on this Blog about my business.

Taylor Richards talks about “thinking Big” and to not let others discourage us.  A magazine invited his company to submit his information  to see if they made it in the 100 dealers of North America. He and his team were invited to an awards ceremony.  He was excited to see where they fit in as in the top 100.  The first year he reached number 11 and the second year #6.  He was so excited that he could be that high on the list of companies in North America.  One of the things he said at the end was to remind us ” not to let anyone say you can’t do it” and to “involve the Lord  to pursue your dreams.”  Both of those statements stood out to me, the first one because of they way people view failure and the second because our biggest cheerleader is our Heavenly Father.  We can do anything with His help.  One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:14 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  This scripture has helped me with so much.  It is a reminder that He is with us and anything we need to accomplish, we have His help.  Often when I would work on things that were hard, this was the scripture, I quoted.

The other thing is failure, so often society views it as making a mistake, but really I don’t expect I will learn everything the first time.  Quite often, I learn more when I make a mistake.  When I read the announcements this week for this class, it brought some memories back.  Some people while good people, may not support you in your dreams.  They may have other dreams for you.  Dreams like school, marriage, careers etc.  While none of these things are bad things, there seems to be a timing that goes along with them.  I went to college right out of high school, but it wasn’t the right timing for me.  I hated it and I went off and on for several years and then I was done.  We may look at that as failing.  But really is our life over?  We never know what may happen.

I didn’t fail at it because I came back to it, but I had no desire for a very long time.  We improve as we go along, changing in all that we do.  Life is surprising.  I just wasn’t the right timing for me then, but now seems to be the better timing in my life for school.  I have enjoyed it more and I am doing better than I did then.  Failures teach us things.

I had always dreamed of opening my own business.  We see it often in movies, particularly any Cinderella movie where she has a dream, but step-mother only wants to stop her from achieving all that she wants.    I don’t think of myself as Cinderella, but in many of the Cinderella spin offs, it is about someone who wants to pursue their goal and there is a person or obstacle stopping it.

When I look at my life, I can see many obstacles and some are of my own making.  The desire is there, but how do I overcome and fulfill the dreams I want?  There have been obstacles, people and problems that have made it difficult, but overcoming them, is a big step and standing up to the obstacle and trying to do your best is important.  We learn through these trials. they help us grow.  So I do agree with Taylor Richards, Involve the Lord and don’t let people tell you it can’t be done.  When you involve the Lord, He will give you the power to accomplish all that you want.

In the “Heart of Entrepreneurship” article- something that stood out to me was to identify where the opportunity is.  It isn’t just internal- (Resources), its external (the market).  How is this going to help our business? How will it grow?  There are questions that administrators ask as well as questions that entrepreneurs ask.  They differ.  Administrators ask things like what resources do I control, what opportunity is appropriate?  But an entrepreneur will slightly change those questions and ask Where is the opportunity?  What resources do I need?  How do I capitalize on it and how do I gain control over them?  These questions open us up for more of a challenge.  How do I see this business growing?  They are creative and positive.

Another video, I really liked deals with all of the things I have talked about.  This one is called. Your emotional fingerprint by Woody Woodward.  In this video James Ritchie talks of this book as a good friend.  In fact any book he read is a good friend in what it taught him about business.  James shares a Cherokee story about two wolves.  One is good and one is evil and he shares the characteristics of each wolf.  The evil wolf is angry, guilty, depressed, lies, has a superior ego etc.  The good wolf’s characteristics are joy, peace, love etc.  His grandson asks him, which one lives?  And his grandfather replies,” the one you feed.”  Isn’t this true?  There is so much in life that is good and evil, negative or positive.  We can listen to those who don’t want us to succeed or don’t have the faith in how we will succeed or we can think positively.  It is a choice we must all make.  In most movies we see a battle between good and evil and even in ourselves.  What is the battle we fight within our selves to succeed?

One last thought on an already long post.  I didn’t share all that I read or watched, but how would I incorporate what I did learn into my business?  I would try harder- and remember what I do affects me.  Who I listen to whether it is positive or negative affects how I will perform.  I think the positive is a better idea and helps me make it farther in life.  My convictions and what I believe make a difference in how I will succeed and move forward.  True convictions are great, but they take action to move forward and to truly believe.

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What I am learning?

 

This week I read some talks that I have read before and to like the messages they portray.  Each week is different in the topics that we relate to and what they really mean.  One of my favorites is talk by Elder Bednar called A Disciple Learning center.  In this talk he is talking about the MTC.  The MTC stands for Missionary Training Center and that it is a place of learning.  He talks about the 17 training centers around the world and compares them to BYU- Idaho.  I really enjoyed this talk the first time about 4 years ago.  What I like about it is that BYU- Idaho is an intense training for a short time, there is a temple next to it.  There are standards that we as students must live by and we are expected to honor them.  I feel it is a higher standard that we must live up to, but it is also what helps us continue to grow.  I think as I incorporate it into my business, it is the way I conduct business.  I follow what I am learning and try to live by a higher standard in all I do.  I also try to do the best I can and give the time and attention to my clients that they need.

Message to Garcia is a training on being a good employee and finding the best person to take care of the jobs.  These are people who have the courage to make a difference.   There are several steps, but what impressed me the most was being the kind of person who always got things done. That’s the kind of business I want.  I want to help where I am needed.  Give detailed information where I need to and if I can’t help them, refer them to someone who can.

In Leadership with a small L by Kim B. Clark – One of the things that impressed me was to be the chief, but to also be the servant.  He was referring to Jesus Christ and how he as the greatest of all men on earth, but did not act like he was.  He lead by example, with vision and with love.  That is the kind of business owner we need to be.  As we love our clients we do the best we can for them.

Good to great was another business excerpt I read this week and there are 6 key concepts  3 are for the build up and three for the breakthrough.  It takes time to build anything up and we have to keep working at it.   Three elements were also shared about people.  1.  Disciplined People- getting the right people and keeping them. 2. Disciplined Thoughts- be brutally honest about the facts and avoid the temptation of getting side tracked.  3 Disciplined Action- what is important to achieve and what isn’t.  I liked those three concepts because they are actions.  We find the best people in our businesses to get things done, stay focused and move forward to accomplish all that we need to.  I think that is the way it is in life.  I have to move forward, not just in business but my personal life as well.  There are many things that I push for and try to achieve.  I am working on changing, growing and moving forward.  Those are my goals and they all work together with learning and doing all that I can to improve.

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Perfection is a long road of trial and error

I found a couple of quotes on Facebook which I have listed below.  I love the positive message they teach me which helps me learn and grow. As I mentioned before in one of my blog posts, I enjoy writing and there are times that I am just dying to write and can’t wait to get it all down as I express my thoughts.  This mention of writing has a lot to do with these quotes and the post below.

President Russell M. Nelson  “Perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life. Don’t demand things that are unreasonable. But demand of yourself improvement. As you let the Lord help you through that, He will make the difference.

That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do so has increased. Heber J Grant.

My thoughts pertaining to perfection are that I will never be perfect in this life, but I have goals and dreams I want to accomplish and I have to work at them little by little.  Every time I look at a big project, I wonder how I will ever get it done.  My brother often reminds me  you don’t have to eat the elephant all at once, just “one bite at a time”.  This is true.  I have to say, I have never accomplished something the first time around.  It takes practice and patience.

As I look back as some of the things I have accomplished and have yet to accomplish, I see lots of growth.  As a college student, I am doing better in school than I ever did.  I have a desire to be there, and I am learning, growing and improving in the things I do.  I also look at life and some of my other desires.  I mentioned “writing” a couple of paragraphs back which is also one of them.  I used to pour out my thoughts in my journals while listening to music and then I stopped.  I wanted to write, but the classes I took, told me I was a terrible writer.  So I quit for a long time.  Years later, with some positive thoughts of doing and accomplishing, I took another writing class.  What I learned is that many are born with certain talents, but most of us have to work at it.  As we work at it,  often times we enjoy it much longer than those who do not have to work at it.

From then on, my goal was to continue writing.  So I do.  One of the places that I write often is a journal where I write what is important to me.   I went to a fireside- its a meeting  where  people go to hear a message (like a Ted Talk). So a few years ago I went to this meeting and the  woman who spoke made quite an impression on me, she talked about PJ’S- Prayer, Journal and Scripture study.  It has made a difference in my life as I pray,  write , read and study my scriptures.

 

In this road of perfection, often we get discouraged and want to quit.  I have been there more than once.   One of the ways I do this  is by prayer, scripture study and trying to do the best I can and when I involve God in all that I do, things go better in my life.  I make it through the week with his help.

Just a word of advice; not everyone is going to like your writing style, but that doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong.  Learn the rules and then go, write, do and become better at something you always dreamed of doing.  Not just in writing, but in anything you do.  I see the progress I have made in so much and I am pleased, but I know there is much more I can do.  So I will keep working at it everyday.

Life is not easy and we deal with so much that is really hard, but we aren’t the only ones suffer and deal with hard things.   Jesus Christ suffered so much more than we do and it wasn’t even his problems or sins, it was ours!  He did it to save us and give us a way back to Him.

So on your path to perfection, one last thought from Elder Jeffrey R Holland.  “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”

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Hero’s Journey and other thoughts

Another new book to read this week.  However, we only seem to read it by chapters and the chapters were right in the middle of the book.  I read three chapters yesterday and I was impressed.  They not only teach me about business, but about life.  They are little excepts of people who are working at being their own kind of hero.

For example one of the stories is called “Stones in the Road.”  Its about a man who lived in a big castle and was rich.  He loves all the people in the town and does things for them.  But the people in the town do not like to work and they wish they were as rich as their friend in the castle.  One day the rich man leave a huge boulder in the road and then hides to see who will push it out of the way.  Many come by and are upset that the stone is there, but no one touches it.

Later, a young man who had been working at the mill, comes by and see the stone.  He says it is getting dark and someone will get hurt, so he moves the heavy stone out of the way.  Underneath it is a bag with a note.  The bag is heavy and full of gold.  The note said the gold belongs to whomever moves the stone.  He leaves with a bag for of gold and the rich man is happy since he has found someone who does know how to work.

A couple of other parts in the lesson this week is the 5 whys of an issue.  In this Eric Ries says there are things you have to analyze and the one thing I took from it is “Behind every technical problem is a human problem that caused it”  Another thing he said that caught my attention is when someone is not going to do something because it takes too long like 8 weeks, we have them do the 1st hour of those eight weeks.  In this case it was training and it was a start of creating a program to help new people.  The next time, there is a technical error you do the second hour of training.  It may take awhile but eventually you will have a training when there are more difficulties.

I felt like many of the things I read this week were encouragement to do the best I can.  There are going to be times when it is really difficult, but if I keep working on it and involve God in it.  It will all work out.  I know He will help me make it through the difficult times.  I have experienced many and He has been there for me to help with accomplish the tasks.

In the talk “Looking Back and moving forward”, I learned something with this a few years ago.  Sometimes we have to look back to see what we have accomplished.  Then we take that and continue to move forward working on the task at hand.  It doesn’t mean it is easy, it never is.  But the more we work and push shows us what we can accomplish.  This also applies to the above paragraph that we need to involve God.  He helps us get so much done when we ask for his help.

One last thought is However long and hard the road by President Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia Holland.  – Both President and Sister Holland Spoke and reminded us to have a sense of humor and although we haven’t attained some of the things we want, if we keep working it will all work out.  President Holland spoke about the same thing basically to encourage us to continue at it.  To work hard and to do our best.  Don’t give up!  You keep walking!  I love these words of encouragement.  I keep them on my refrigerator and whenever I need them they are there.

 

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To thine own self be true….

To thine own self be true.  This is a quote by William Shakespeare, but it is written in a talk by President Gordon B. Hinckley in a message to young women called” Stand true and faithful”  I really liked this talk because at the mention of “to thine own self be true” it reminded me of a time when I went on a trip out of the country with a friend.    This friend and I shared a lot of things, but not our values.  I felt my times that I had to stand of for who I was and it really wasn’t easy.  I found a magnet that said these very words and I bought it.  It was the one thing that meant the most to me out of everything I bought on vacation.  Simply because, I had stood up for myself many times.   President Hinckley reminds us to be honest and have integrity and to get a good education.  He says that at this time in our lives “women have never had as many opportunities as we do now. ” We never know if we will need that education or what our lives will become without it and it is a good thing to fall back on if we need it.

We also read a section from Steven R. Covey’s 7 habits of Highly effective people.  He reminds us that being effective people get things done and they are proactive. Each step has mini steps beneath us to compliment those steps.  The seven habits are: 1. Be proactive, 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. First things first 4. Think win win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergize 7. Sharpen the saw .  All of these steps can be used in our lives and in our businesses.

One of the most meaningful steps  I found had to do with Step 3 – First things first because it is how we deal everyday with our spouses, our friends, our family and our customers.  Steven Covey refers to this as an emotional bank account of interdependence and  says “if we are out of money things can be very tense.”  I like what he says about each of these steps that lead us to victories in life.  They teach us how important it is to be kind and to treat others as we would like to be treated.  In fact his supporting idea to this victory is “The most important ingredient we can contribute to any relationship is not what we say or do, but what we are”  I really like that because we have to be true to ourselves.  We can’t be fake or people will know it.  It all comes back to President Hinckley’s talk on Stand True.    Who we are comes from our very core and we show that do others in how we treat them.

In watching a video by Guy Kawasaki – he talked about being a college student and how it was one of the best times and  he said he “should have taken light loads and lived on his parents as long as possible”.  What he meant was that often we are so ready to get out there and be the adult we push ourselves so hard to get out an make  money and “it isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.”  With it comes lots of responsibility and as he looks back now, he wishes that all he had to think about was his midterms or what schools to go to.

What I learn from Guy Kawasaki is he is right.  “Money isn’t all that it is cracked up to be”  It is a lot of responsibilities and as a college student now,  my life is full of lots of responsibility.   I don’t rely on my parents to pay by schooling and my classes are not the only thing I have to worry about.  I have a home, a job and a business  and family and friends with many hats that I exchange in all that I do.  Life is busy for all of us.  If you are young and only have schooling to worry about.  Enjoy it and don’t wish your life away so soon because adulthood comes fast enough with all we have to worry and deal with.

What do you know about me?

What do you know about me?   Do you know that I have words that want to be spoken?  Do you know that I have thoughts that bubble and desire to be written?  There are times when those thoughts cannot be denied and I cannot wait to get them down on as soon as possible.  Sometimes it takes hours and other times only a few minutes to get them all down.

Do you know I have a voice that wants to be heard?  I think there are many things that we don’t know about others.  We may have grown up together or hang out often together, but do we really see and know all there is about them?  I have siblings and I can honestly say, I don’t know everything thing about their lives.  I even marvel at some of the things they have experienced and how it has affected them, by making them who they are today.  Their strength comes from the things they have experienced.

I see those experiences in my own life too and how they have taught me so much and given me so much growth.  That growth, helps me work at who I want to be and what I desire to be.   Those who know me personally know the kinds of things I share regularly on Facebook on my personal site.  There are things that inspire and help me to think positively.  They are things like quotes and recipes and inspiration thoughts.

I have alluded to it a few times here on this page about faith and Divine Guidance in my life.  Let’s face it, it is so much a part of my life and there will be moments that I will share about that faith.  It is who I am and I need it so much in my life.

Do you know I have a testimony of Jesus Christ?  I know He lives and I know He loves me.  I know and experience His love for me daily.  I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.  But knowing that helps me turn to the only perfect one who has walked this earth.

This page is about things I learn and about who I am and who I am becoming. I may be sharing funny things or heartfelt things or even things that I just want to write about in my life.  I am not always witty, but those that know me very well find my humor when others do not.  You see, it has taken me awhile to find my voice, but one of the things that has made so much difference is knowing I am loved.  So I share this with you today to really think about who we are and what we have to offer to others.  We have so much to share with others.