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Errands

What do you consider to be the most important errand? What are things that you need done? I think errands have changed a lot. There can be many things someone would need to have done. Be creative, thing of what you need done.

Self Mastery

There are many things we learn over and over in life that sometimes we have learned in the past.  It’s a good reminder to us that every individual is different and the businesses they build are different too.  Some people never go to business school, but have successful businesses.  One of the people named in the article “How entrepreneur’s craft strategies that work.”  By Amar Bhide is Bill Gates as having never gone to school.  Another thing mentioned is that in  an “interview of 100 companies in 1989  to see who had a business plan.  41 % had a business plan, 26% had a small scribbling on a piece of paper, 5 % worked up financial projections and only 28% wrote up a full business plan.”

When I first started my business, I wanted help and one of the person’s I asked wouldn’t help without a business plan.  At that point in my business, I had no idea what a business plan was, how to do one and whether I needed one or not.  I have heard that in order to get a loan, you have to have a business plan written to start your business.   I didn’t have a business plan written until about a year into it and I don’t know how formal it even is.  In reading this article many successful businesses don’t have a business plan.  Everyone does things differently and what works for one, wi

Another article I read is called “Success is gauged by self-Mastery” by N. Eldon Tanner, he states “there are two Elements to self- Mastery. “To be a great man you must start while you are young being a good boy.  You must also apply self-control or self- mastery in accomplishing things.  I think that many of us want to be better at the person we are and we work at being the best we can.  I know for me, I am constantly working at changing and overcoming.  I wonder too, at times if I am too focused on some and not enough focused on others.

One of the books I am reading is called Mastery, It is about the “key to success and long-term fulfillment” by George Leonard.  One of the jokes used in the book is about Practice, The joke is as follows, when asked how you do get to Carnegie hall – the answer is practice.  It seems to be true with anything we do in life, in order to be proficient in something we must practice.  As we work toward anything in business we have to work at it.  We all know what we have to work on and how it will help us grow.  I have never learned anything the first time.  It usually takes me multiple tries over and over as I look for the right procedure to make anything grow. What works for some, won’t work for me.  I must and will find my own way to make it work.

Something else is what we learn and experience every day.  I think as we go through life and our experiences we are learning.  We learn from everything we do, read and what works for us.  Do we accomplish everything all at once?  No.  It really takes time in all we do.  As I look forward, I know I will be learning many things that will be a part of my business and how I run it.

References

Bhide, A. (n.d.). How Entrepreneurs Craft strategies that work. Harvard Business Review, 150-161.

Leonard, G. (1991). Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment. penguin group.

Tanner, N. E. (1975). Success is gauged by self mastery . General Conference. Salt Lake City.

Self Mastery

There are many things in life we learn over and over..  It’s a good reminder that every individual is different and the businesses they create and build are different too.  Some people never go to business school, but have successful businesses.  One of the people named in the article “How entrepreneur’s craft strategies that work.”  By Amar Bhide is Bill Gates as having never gone to school, but has had a successful business.  Another thing mentioned is that in “interview of 100 companies in 1989 interview people to see who had a business plan.  41 % had a business plan, 26% had a small scribbling on a piece of paper, 5 % worked up financial projections and only 28% wrote up a full business plan.”

When I first started my business, I wanted help and one of the person’s I asked wouldn’t help without a business plan.  At that point in my business, I had no idea what a business plan was, how to do one and whether I needed one or not.  I have heard that in order to get a loan, you have to have a business plan in to start your business.  Well my business wasn’t like that.  I didn’t have a business plan written until about a year into it and I don’t know how formal it even is.  But in reading this article many successful businesses don’t have a business plan.  We do what works for us.

Another article I read is called “Success is gauged by self-Mastery” by N. Eldon Tanner, he states “there are two Elements to self- Mastery. “To be a great man you must start while you are young being a good boy.  You must also apply self-control or self- mastery in accomplishing things.  I think that many of us want to be better at the person we are and we work at being the best we can.  I know for me, I am constantly working at changing and overcoming.  I wonder too, at times if I am too focused on some and not enough focused on others.

One of the books I am reading is called Mastery, It is about the “key to success and long-term fulfillment” by George Leonard.  One of the jokes used in the book is about Practice, The joke is as follows, when asked how you do get to Carnegie hall – the answer is practice.  It seems to be true with anything we do in life, in order to be proficient in something we must practice.  As we work toward anything in business we have to work at it.  We all know what we have to work on and how it will help us grow.  I have never learned anything the first time.  It usually takes me multiple tries over and over as I look for the right procedure to make anything grow. What works for some, won’t work for me.  I must and will find my own way to make it work.

References

Bhide, A. (n.d.). How Entrepreneurs Craft strategies that work. Harvard Business Review, 150-161.

Leonard, G. (1991). Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment. penguin group.

Tanner, N. E. (1975). Success is gauged by self mastery . General Conference. Salt Lake City.

What is your mission in life?

What is your mission in life?  Do you know? Are you looking for answers?  I know my mission in life, but I didn’t until the last few years.  As I read my assignments this week I have learn so much.  One of the things I am learning about my business is I am always learning.  I look forward to each job as an adventure and I do that so that I have a positive attitude about what I am doing.  Each job is different and not one has ever been the same that is where the adventure comes in and being open to it and what I learn from each one.

In one of the articles I read, I learned a lot from a small business owner that was thinking of expanding her business.  It gave me a thought of what could be done.  It wasn’t something I had ever really thought about and it will require additional thought as my business may expand as my life changes.

Another lesson I learned this week is about successful entrepreneurs.  Are they born or are they made?  I really think they are made by all they do.  They work hard, they persevere and they do not give up even when times are hard or people say it cannot be done.  I have had some of that in my life from people I love, but I have persevered and still work at it every day.  I don’t do it to prove them wrong, but because I know what my mission in life is about.

One of the best things I learned this week is about my mission in life.  It was in a video called a “Hero’s journey”.  The message is that I have a mission.  I am destined to change the world, but only if I have the faith and courage.”  I am also a big believer in the time in your life.  There is a right time and place for moving forward with your dreams.  This video inspired me and helped me to see the hero’s out there. Those who have changed in their course of being an entrepreneur.  Those who help others.  I love what the author said about a “Hero’s Journey” and it gives me something to think about….  A Hero’s journey is all about you and not about you at all.”  I also like how the authors ending statement is about God who gave us these gifts for an opportunity to learn and grow.  I hope you can find your mission in life and that it continues to challenge you as you help and serve others.

 

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  1. If you pursue your calling with discipline, intentionality, and the help of fellow travelers, what are the chances that your worst case scenario will really happen? 2. As you look at your list of fears, what themes emerge? What is at the core of what you really fear? Financial ruin? The judgment or disapproval of others? Physical harm? Endangering the ones you love? Embarrassment? 3. What is the risk of taking no action – not following your calling? How do you plan to deal with fear when it pops up on your entrepreneurial journey?

 

They probably won’t happen.  I sometimes worry about what may happen and it isn’t always that way and then I wonder why I worried about it.  The theme that I can think of is that I am thinking there are a lot of people out in the world that do not want to be honest.  They want to take advantage of people.  I have had at least two experiences like that and many strange texts or phone calls, but not all people are bad.  I have had many more good experiences than bad experiences.  The core of what I really fear is the unknown.  And some of the others items listed and how will I cope after those things happen.  The risk of taking no action is that I will always wonder if I would have done well or if I had done everything I could to grow. I think because I have had many fears in life and even in my business that I have to want it bad enough as well as finding another way around it.  One on of my first jobs, I was scared and took my dad with me for help and for comfort as I did the first couple of jobs.  Sometimes I can have someone there with me and other times I pray for strength and help.  If it is a bad area of town, I will listen to the spirit and act on faith that all will be well.

 

Doing what you love

Writing about what you learned in a class can often be boring, but one of the videos I watched this week reminded me that I should do what I love.  When we do what others want us to do, it doesn’t make us happy.  We all have to work, its a fact of life.  If we don’t, we don’t have money for food, bills, clothes or other expenses.  But doing what makes us happy is a great opportunity to move forward.  For years I worked in a company doing accounting.  I enjoyed it for awhile and for some time it did make me happy.  But the closer it got to me actually doing what I wanted to do, the more I craved it and wanted it.

Most of the reading material had to do with giving back to others.  As we do this, we are helping ourselves.  Not only does it help our business, but it helps us with struggles and trials we have in life.  It makes them easier to handle. I learned this great piece of advice years ago when I served a mission in California.  My Mission president let us know that when we serve others, it helps us with our own trials.  There is also something about serving that makes us happy.  Being happy is what we want in life.   It validates and helps me to know that I am growing and helping others.

Another article is about disabling our fears.  I found this article interesting.  As I read it I could understand exactly what fears to do us, especially when you start a business.  When we have fears, they stop us from progressing and moving on.  But when we dissect our fears by talking about them, we take the power away from them, making them into something that we can and will overcome.

One last thing, I want to share is from an article by Clayton Christensen called “How will you measure up” In keeping any goal in life, it is easier to keep it 100% of the time rather than 98%.  If we are committed to eat healthy, we do it whole-heartedly and with 100% commitment.   It is much easier to keep that commitment when we do it all the time, than when we only do it once in a while.  So some advice this week is to do what you love and do it with 100% commitment.

 

Life of Service

Have you ever thought the key in life is serving others?  I have seen it often in life and know it is important to give back and serve others.  I learned early on about serving others.  My own parents were often found helping and serving others.  Did it make them rich and successful in the ways of the world?  No.  But as a child looking at what they did to help others only makes sense as to why I have a business that serves others.  I don’t have some wonderful product to sell, but a service that helps people out.    Some of the things I have read in my assignments this week are integrity in all that I do, being true to myself brings me joy, when I make a living I am also making a life and doing the best I can is due to integrity and honesty.

There is also a book I am reading right now called the “Ministry of Business” by Steven A Hitz and James W. Ritchie I love the story of how these two men met and the formula for a successful business.  I love that some of the formula came inspiring men and that we get that inspiration from God.    The principles they share in this book are about many things in business, and our lives.  One of the principles from this book is that we cannot leave our jobs at the door.  They are intermingled with who we are.  I love this thought!  It explains me so well.  Our lives are intermingled with our faith, our jobs, and our families.  Nothing is left at the door.  We need the support of all to be successful.

Stepping Stones in life

As I read my assignments this week, I felt as if I was reading about my life.  In “Stars and stepping stones, the author talks about divine inspiration as a way that leads us to life-long goals.  This has been a big part of my life.

“Each of us has a spark of divine inspiration that lead us to life-long goals.  Once you have discovered these goals, your end purpose is clear.”  Jeff Sandefer

I agree in many respects since it was something I wanted so badly, especially the closer it got to doing it.  Timing is so much a part of it as well.  We start things when we are ready for them even when we don’t always realize it.   There is so much that goes into it all.  One of the best things about this article ‘Stars and stepping stones” is we are told to start at the end and work back.  Extremely wise council, considering when I started my business and how it came into existence.  I honestly didn’t know how to do it.  How do you do something you have never done? I had no idea where to start or who to talk to.

Another thought that was mentioned in this article is a letter that was written by someone who wanted a business, It says “ my life seems to be on hold as I struggle to create something I believe will be greater than myself. “  And the last part “But my personal life might not be as “on hold” as I think I am becoming happier with me.” I see so much of my life in this article.  There as so many things that are changing me.  It isn’t just one little thing.  It’s a process through everything around me; work, school, religion, friends, family and the support I have found in so many of them.

Another article called “Do you feel a calling to do something important?  By Associate Professor Jeffry R. Thompson.   Isn’t it wonderful to know that there are answers to help us with work?  We can do a lot ourselves, but having divine inspiration about our jobs is so helpful in helping us move forward in all that we do.  I also enjoyed that we have gifts that we are born with that help us with the jobs or “calling” we have in life.  I have experienced this too and yet I am also finding and realizing so many more.

The last though I have is by Randy Pausch’s.  He says “Brick walls are for those who don’t want it bad enough.”  And “Some brick walls are made of flesh.”  I have seen that in my life.  Not only did I struggle to get my business started, but sometimes the support wasn’t there from those around me.  But I think those struggles are each a part of the stepping stones in our life’s journey.  We sometimes have to hit a brick wall so we will try another approach.  Life is certainly interesting in where it leads us.