I’m sure that the recent shocking deaths of well-known people have made you stop and think about how short life can be. I’m sure that watching clips of Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela’s past accomplishments gave you a good sense of the imprint they left on this earth! Did it make you stop and wonder what your life span will be… or perhaps what your accomplishments were, are, and will be…
As I talk to more and more people about The Brass Lamp, I get a chance to also hear their story. And with recent Artists that I’ve spoken to, they’ve all had a common purpose, and that is to make themselves known for their individual artistic talents. For others, it’s to be a Mother or a Father, to be an Evangelist, an Actor, a Teacher, or a Community Leader -all very worthy purposes! And I believe that each of these people will make their unique imprint on this earth. I, no longer find it amusing or in the least bit interesting when people say, “I just want to be rich.” But that’s just my opinion! Someone once told me, that if money can solve your problems, then it wasn’t really a problem in the first place. I agree! The journey is about getting through the problem when money isn’t an option to solve it! Let’s take my book bar for example; if I had $300,000 laying around, I wouldn’t of had to spend nearly four months on creating a 33 page business plan for the bank in order to ask for a loan. Instead, I could have had The Brass Lamp already open and ready for you to enjoy by now! If I had money, I would have bought a building to have my book bar. Instead, I’m in search of space that has limitations and drawbacks. But in all honesty, this journey so far, has already been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, and I don’t even have an approval from the bank yet!
Building the plans, forming the ideas, meeting professionals to help me build this, talking to people about their excitement for my book bar, reading, researching, blogging, and simply putting one brick on top of the other has really been truly gratifying. My proudest moment thus far, was when someone told me that they might be losing their job and have always wanted to start their own business, then asked me about my experience and how I got to making my decision to leave my job to start my own. -You’re asking ME!? …lil ole me!?? I certainly didn’t feel worthy to be asked! But really, I do hope that I keep getting those questions, because the most valuable aspect about building a business from the ground up -not to mention, a business with a new and interesting concept :)- is that not only will I have given people a place to read, write, DRINK 🙂, but more importantly, I would have built a forum for myself to do much MORE! And to me, “more” is helping people. The learned characteristics of success and greed aside, don’t we all innately want to help others?! You may think you don’t, but you do! If there’s ever an imprint that I can leave behind, whether my book bar is a success or a failure, I hope that through this, it’s perseverance!
As 2013 comes to a close, you will start to think about your “new year’s resolutions,” and I encourage you to add another item on the list behind “losing weight or spending less,” that you make it your purpose to have a purpose! Yes, it’s cliché, but try to live each day as if it was your last!!!
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela