As I was talking to a friend, we slipped into the topic of role models. We agreed that knowing someone who’s made the journey before us makes it so much easier to take on a challenge.
Research shows that the likelihood of starting a business increases significantly if there’s an entrepreneur among close family members or friends. In the same way, we’re much more likely to choose a creative path if our parents have a creative interest or profession.
It has to do with inspiration and proof: seeing what’s possible tells us we can do it too. The success of others gives us a roadmap that we can re-use for our own adventures.
Since our conversation, it has become clear to me just how much my Mom has affected the way I manage major life decisions:
As a young woman, my Mom longed for freedom and independence. She would visualize working as a creative writer, packing a typewriter and head out into the world – and so, in ways that she couldn’t have imagined, she did!
My Mom is the first entrepreneur that I ever knew, and her story has had a lasting impact on me.
It’s taught me:
The power of clarity, purpose and visualization
The importance of self-sufficiency and of seizing the opportunities that we’re blessed with
That it’s possible to develop a business in line with our personal values and interests
That the world is out there for me to explore – and that it’s safe for me to do so
I still feel the thrill of the unknown when I think of my Mom’s vision and her drive to realize it. It’s the same thrill that I’ve always felt when embarking upon a new life adventure – whether it’s been about starting or re-designing my business or setting up my home in a new country.
Knowing that my Mom dared to go for it has turned change and transformation into exciting adventures that I look forward to, often actively seeking them out. Her road map – a mix of vision, determination and hard work – has become part of my own recipe for success.
In life, we’re sure to run into challenges and opportunities that we just don’t know how to manage. Inspiring examples – generous individuals who are willing to share to good and the bad – can make all the difference!
Who is your role model? What are some of the most important lessons that he or she has taught you?