I hear it time and time again.  Most people can’t relate to your entrepreneurship – your dreams, your drive, your divine purpose.  They don’t understand that loud voice inside that tells you every day – you are meant to share your gifts with the world in a bigger way.

You see, most people don’t like change.  The very thing you crave, they despise.

People fear the unknown; risk = change = scary.

You defy what is logical and safe to most people.

So they give you their best and most well-meaning advice.

They want what’s best for you, and forget that it isn’t the same as what is best for them.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen to the beat of your own heart, the voice of your soul, and the feeling in your gut.  You know you were born for this.

Learn to be ok with some people not understanding (or sometimes even respecting) your journey in this life.

You’re one in a million baby, you’re supposed to be different!

Be true to yourself.

Surround yourself with those who lift you up, celebrate your victories (even the small ones), and who listen, advise and encourage you to continue on when you feel like giving up (because yes, we all have those days).

What makes a champion is the tenacity to keep on going, no matter how slowly by times, no matter how weak, discouraged or doubtful you may feel.  When you keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep getting up every time you are knocked down – you are a champion of your destiny!

You’re only human, and you’re vulnerable.  Susceptible to fears and the chant of the non-trepreneurs.  A victorious leader of your life.  Following your passion, purpose and desire to make a difference in the world.

Hold your head high, be full of pride (not conceit).

Though you may feel alone,  you are never alone.

Find those who cheer your spirit, love you fully, dream of your success!

They’re out there – waiting to grab your hand and be your friend through this journey.

The beauty of this era is that there is whole world of support for you – and it’s only a tweet or post away!

Here are the ones I whole-heartedly recommend! 

 
An ever-present group friendship & support 24/7 with Social Media Girlfriends
Join the growing community at Friends of Ricki empowering women in their lives with the first ever social tv community!
Listen to the Daytime with Donna radio show every Fri (2-3 pm est)  with inspiring, feisty, & accomplished Donna and Nina
Be inspired with your daily dose of gorgeous for your soul with Daily Dimmick
 
 

 

At one point in my life, I seemed to have it all.  So why did I walk away from it?

 

My career was growing by leaps and bounds, I lived in a great place, I was surrounded by family and friends.  The world was my oyster and I seemed to have it all – but I didn’t feel I had it all.  Though I couldn’t describe it, I felt like I was missing something.  I wasn’t fulfilled.  And with every day that passed, the feeling grew stronger.  I needed something more.

 

Finally, one day that feeling grew so strong, I couldn’t ignore it any longer.  I felt there was something bigger, better waiting for me in the world, and I needed to find it.  I quickly devised a plan to create change.  It was strange, I walked through my every day like nothing had changed, but inside, everything had.  I was carrying the secret of knowing I was planning to pursue my dreams and that my life was in for a drastic transformation.

 

It was a big decision.

 

It meant leaving behind a great life, and people I deeply cared about.  Some may have called me crazy.  During the time in between making my decision to leave and telling everyone (including my employers), I’d sometimes wonder if I was crazy – if I was doing the right thing.  I’d get pangs to backtrack and say, no, no, no, just stay put.

 

I remember driving home from work on a rainy, dismal day.  Again I was experiencing doubt, and wondered if I were doing the right thing.  Then, while at a red light, I looked to my left and saw a young man going down the sidewalk.   He wasn’t walking though.  He was in a wheelchair.  His head was tilted to the side, and his arms looked to be contorted by disease.  You expect a young man to be walking down the street without a care in the world, but he didn’t have that option any more.

In that moment, the light bulb came on.

 

Watching that young man, I realized that sometimes in life, we run out of the options we always thought we’d have.  Like the ability to just pack up and go.  To get on a plane without a second thought.  To do whatever we want in the opportunities we create.  And I was still in a position to do that.  I had options – lots of options.

 

Don’t put off your dreams thinking your options will always be available.

 

Within a month from that day, yes one month, I left it all behind.  My job, my place, my friends and family.  I walked away to find out what was calling to my heart.  What did I discover?  My greatest life’s lessons, but that’s another story for later.