Posted by bonry at 3:20 AM. Placed in Journey in life category
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.