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Wk 14 Last Lecture

Well this is it, but really hopefully not the end.  This is my last week of this course and I am to write about in my last lecture what I have learned and what I would tell someone embarking on becoming an entrepreneur.  So here are my words of advice:

  1.  It isn’t easy, but it is worth it.  Okay. Have you heard that before or even believe it.  Usually we think about it as “this life and all the trials we have”. And we know that all that we go through is “worth it” because of how it prepares us for the future.  My steps into starting a business were hard and I didn’t know how it would be done.  But through small and simple steps… okay this is another scripture quote, but that is just so much a part of my life. Alma 37:6.  Sometimes tasks are hard and we don’t know how to get around it.  Through prayer and hard work it will all work out.  One of the things that I was told is to start with a business plan, but in reading some books in my past posts- many business do not have a business plan and you know what?  It is okay!  If you don’t need one, don’t have one.  Just set your vision and go for it.  There will be a lot of work involved, but you can do it.  If you truly have the desire and will power and the effort you can do anything.  So another quote I love and I use it often.  I even have it framed on my wall.  ” I can do hard things.”  It is a reminder to me that life is hard, but I can do those hard things.
  2. Be Yourself.  So many people we tell you this advice, just be yourself.  But there are others that want you to do it a certain way.  There is another quote that is often said and I wish I could tell you who said it first, but in googling it there were many who said it.  “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.      This week I read a wonderful talk that really hit me.  It has a lot to do with trials I have gone through and as I think back on them, I am reminded that I am a unique individual and I do things differently at times.    But just because I do it differently, doesn’t mean it is wrong.   As I was reading a talk by President Thomas S Monson called Finishers Wanted it reminded of some judging.  We all know that this is not a good thing, often we judge people on our strengths and their weaknesses.  Someone once said to me- I think you run away from your problems.  Well this has stuck with me and I have come to the conclusion they have judged me.  I can choose to be upset with them forever or I can choose to do my best and work on my trials.  That is what I choose, because they haven’t walked in my shoes and if they did, they would have to be exactly like me to understand how difficult some of my trials are and how I work at overcoming them.  So be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you it has to be done a certain way.  We are all unique and do and think differently than each other. So do it the way you would do it!

I loved this talk so much that I have to share some of it.  “Finishers Wanted”  President Monson talked about a sign in a furniture store when he was out window shopping one day and he wrote a talk on it.  Its about finishing the course.  Doing our best and working to become  the best we can.  If at one time you can’t do something and maybe you have given up, keep trying and you will get it.  How many of us are able to accomplish something the first go at it?  If you do you are lucky, but I have never been that experienced in life.  I have to really work hard at what I want to accomplish and I have had some pretty big trials that I have wanted to accomplish.  I could sit back and not do it, but believe me, I am happy with the progress.  So work at it and give it everything you have and if it doesn’t come easy, that’s OK.  You will appreciate it more because you have had to work at it.

3.  Balance. As I have taken this course and read the many different lesson- some are about balance.  That’s a big one.  How do you balance it all?  Have you every seen the glass tub with rocks, sand and water?  The rocks are the big things in our lives and if you put them in first, you can add the sand and the water too.  However, If you add the small things first, you cannot accomplish the big things too.   This is a great analogy that I see everyday in my life.  What is most important?  It is what I need to do first.  I need time for myself, prayer, meditation, scripture study, journal, homework, socializing, church callings, family, school, work, exercise, service, etc.  How do I do it all?  Well if I put the most important things first, I can do it all.  Otherwise if I put the small things first, I don’t get those things done.  Last week we read about Randy Haykin and how he learned to balance his life.  He referred to his work as one family and his family as the other family and both were counting on him.  So learn to balance.  Another lesson stated that if you are single and opening a business, it is better to stay single during the time you get it going since you will be spending a lot of time working on it.   In the book Ministry of Business the author and his wife were partners in the business and worked together not just in their marriage, but in their business as well.  With all that I have to accomplish, I find that if I put the most important things first I accomplish so much more than I ever thought possible.

4. Give back.  This is a subject that is near and dear to me.  I have seen blessings from it.  helping others, really isn’t one sided.  It helps us as well.  When we serve others, maybe with a financial need, or helping someone out by giving of our time, we really benefit from it too.  Not only that it is a nice break from everything else going on.  If you want to see great efforts going on, serve and help others.  Often as one person, we cannot accomplish a lot, but as a multitude of people we can accomplish so much more.

5. Look for the opportunity.   While there are many things I could state in my last lecture, I will keep it short.  As we look for the opportunity, we find it happens at different times in our lives.  I know someone who has been in business for 25 years.  Okay, I know a lot of people that have been in business a long time.  But this person is a relative.  After college, she worked for a  nonprofit and a heath department and then opened her own business.  The events in her life have not been easy and she has worked hard for what she has and has learned from her experiences in life as well.  Her knowledge and business has helped many people.  I look at how her life has changed over the years due to the hardships she has had.  She is definitely a hero to so many.

My opportunity came much later in life, but yet it came when I was ready for it.  I after all, as I have said before have had to work for a lot to get to this point.  I opened my business about 6 years ago and it has been learn as you go and I have learned a lot.  I have learned how important it is to specialize in something and not try to do it all.  And yet we do want the open-minded entrepreneur who can handle so much more because of how it helps us progress.  But you have to do what works for you.  Last week in the article, Randy Haykin:  The making of and Entrepreneur, we learned his opportunity came when Viacom sold to Paramount and he had a choice of going to New York or Las Angeles and he didn’t want to do either, so he left and took that leap into his own business.

Why you are looking for the opportunity, prepare.  There are things you need and will want to develop, so work on those things.  I prepared by reading books.  I picked up books about people in business or how to start a business and read them.  They taught me so much.  We also read three books about business practices in this class and what I learned from them is invaluable to me.  I enjoyed these books and have ordered them to give to others.  They are great friends as Lance Ritchie states about each book he reads.


One more quick note- Have your every heard of Tom Monoghan?  I bet you have, but just don’t know much about his life.  He was the founder of Dominos Pizza.  He grew up in an orphange and became an extremely rich man.  He loved the toys: Cars, helecopters, etc.  He read the book Mere Chrisianity by C. S. Lewis.  This book changed his life.  Check out the you tube video about him.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3GVEOVsCUc&list=PL5_uEkasxxd2ZsEXvoaqZRuagYkkUctrD&index=16

Have a good week, I’ll talk talk to you soon.



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