What’s Your Passion?
An insightful guest post from Lisa Carmichael! Enjoy!
What drives you out of bed every morning? What pulls you out of those nice warm covers? What is it that makes you realize that nothing matters more than the force of being an entrepreneur and building your own business?
Building and growing a business of your own is an amazing feeling. Maybe it’s not so logical to stay in bed and not worry about the work that needs to be done for the day. But someone has to do the work. It has to get done. Who will do it, if you don’t? Who will get it done?
I’ve been digging deep into mindset and into why I’ve never felt I’m worthy. Then one day out of the blue I decided to write a book. It was time to pull myself out of my warm comfortable bed. It came to be because I was given a gift. I was accepted into a program called Bunker Labs that connects military veterans and their spouses to the resources that help grow their businesses. My husband served almost 38 years in the Navy before retiring. So, yup. I qualified.
I was reluctant as I applied to this program because I really enjoyed working from home, staying warm, and being comfortable. My business seemed to be going well. But maybe I needed this I thought. I had nothing to lose by completing the application. I remember waiting until the last day to fill out the application. I waited until the last minute… 10pm to be exact.
To my surprise, Bunker Labs followed up with me and invited me for the interview. Now, this was pre-covid, so I had already been working as an entrepreneur from home comfortably for several years. Getting out of my comfort zone and going to an interview didn’t excite me. I wasn’t looking forward to being interviewed for something I didn’t want. I made the decision to go in and instead, interview them. If this was a program that was so awesome, I made the decision to get the facts.
As I walked into the WeWork building in Minneapolis, a flash passed me by as I remembered that feeling of walking into an office again. “Did I just miss being in corporate I thought to myself… gosh this feels good!” Riding up the elevator into an office atmosphere, strangely felt good too. Oddly enough I left that interview wanting to be accepted. I was accepted and I was excited to propel my internet marketing business forward. Along with this gift was a requirement to attend a meeting in Minneapolis once a week for two hours which meant driving in rush hour traffic. It also meant working at a WeWork facility another day of the week. I had to get out of bed, out of my pajamas, and work in an office. I actually loved the idea.
Fast forward two months into this and sitting in a room with successful entrepreneurs scared me. During breaks, I would do breathing exercises in the lady's room. The other cohort members were successfully changing the real estate industry, working with hospitals, and creating fetal monitoring devices while working with other countries around the world. How could I have ever been accepted into this program? What did I have to offer? My mind kept telling me I wasn’t good enough.
I was done listening to that voice. I was done making that choice of not feeling good enough. I made the decision to become an author because of Bunker Labs. I was good enough. I started a project and this time I had to complete it. I was driven. It got me out of bed every morning.
I never even noticed those warm covers or that comfortable pillow anymore. I had a burning reason to get out of bed every morning. Becoming an author was never on my bucket list. It was just part of my vision of becoming bigger and better. I became an internet marketer because I no longer wanted to work corporately. I wanted to be my own boss.
What’s your passion? What drives you out of bed every morning? What pulls you out of those nice warm covers? What is it that makes you realize that nothing matters more than the force of being an entrepreneur and building your own business? Dig deep and listen to the voice that wants you to know that you’re good enough.
This is how I became an author.
Lisa Carmichael lisarcarmichael.com
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