Lessons From My Parents, Podcast

Lesson #2 – Know Your Purpose

My parents’ lives were the embodiment of what it meant to live one’s purpose. ‘Know why you are here (as on this earth) … and it’s not to make money… give back and share’ they would say. Through their actions, I learned social and civic responsibilities, the impact of having a ‘we’ and not an ‘I’ mentality and that simply thinking of others first makes an enormous difference to all through one action at a time, even if it’s by helping one person at a time. Things appreciated most are things given at the time they are needed, not wanted.

People without some of the necessities of life (e.g. food, shelter, clothing) are easier to identify because not having these essentials are obvious. However, there are others who are rich in these things but are in dire need of love, a hug, an engaged conversation and most of all to be seen or heard. Sometimes, we are moving so fast through life in a semi-zombie like state that we are not connecting (and technology is not helping) with each other. Hence, we are missing all the signs that are right in front of us of people silently screaming out their needs.

I have witnessed birth (I am a mom), and I listened as my mom took her last breath (one year ago this July). The simplicity of life became much more profound to me at that time. It seemed as if a film was reeling backwards in time at high speed. The journey of life…here one minute and gone another. What she left was her legacy. What will be mine?

It is for this reason the ‘Why’ I do what I do everyday matters! What does the collection of my ‘Whys’ resemble over time…the result of my living my ‘Why’? Your answer to these questions may differ from mine.

My belief is that knowing our purpose in life provides the foundation for the ‘why’ we live our lives. It is something bigger than ourselves, even spiritual. My purpose in life is to help others and give back to my community. It is who I am in my personal and professional life. Like my parents, I try to share what I can with others especially those with hidden needs. Through listening and observation, I may need to step aside for a team member to have an opportunity to shine or coach others in realizing their untapped potential which may result in a career opportunity. Everyone can use a helping hand. The measure of the help is immaterial since it is the impact that is important.

I’ve talked to a few people who are well established in their careers, living very successful lives and they have acknowledged that something is still missing, but they are unable to identify the cause of that void. Even though we are from all different walks of life, somewhere there is a common thread that binds the humanity in us where we feel fulfilled when we are involved in something that is greater than ourselves. It is encouraging to see that some organizations have swapped their vision and mission statements to having a purpose and providing a culture for their employees to find their purpose.

As we continue living our purpose and helping others to do the same which in turn contributes to something bigger than ourselves.

Thanks for reading this lesson from my parents. Please share your stories in how you are living or finding your purpose.

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Lesson #3 – Making Decisions

Lessons From My Parents

Lesson#1 – Be True To Yourself

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? I mean, really look yourself straight in the eye… are you are at peace?

Being true to yourself is not about whether you are successful, happy or have a chosen career path. It is more about you being accepting of your authentic self, allowing your essence to shine and not giving that power to anyone to rain on your parade. It is about making those decisions that aligned with your values.

Being true to yourself takes courage because you will at times need to stand alone in your convictions. You are not trying to win a popularity contest, and you care less about what people think of you. This means you are open to opinions and the advice of others, but ultimately the choice is yours – you will blaze your own trail. You are guided from your internal space, thus giving you a more centered perspective on life.

I learned at an early age to be true myself. Even if I was not aware that was what I was doing, my siblings and I and my extended family members heard these words from my Dad daily (or so it seems). I recalled the rolling of our eyes whenever he bestowed upon us yet another of his many life lessons.

Now I feel so blessed that I was given enough latitude to make age-appropriate decisions which built a certain level of confidence that shaped me into who I am today. I realized that I was provided with a few thinking strategies to navigate and apply to my life.

We are all being pulled in different directions trying to manage our professional and personal roles in this sometimes-crazy space we call life. However, I think that at the end of the day, we can find fulfillment because we are at peace with the man or the woman in the mirror.

Please continue this conversation and let me know the ways in which you have embraced being you and living a life being true to yourself.

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Lesson#2 – Know Your Purpose!

Podcast

New Venture Discovery – 4/14/2017

New Venture Discoveries from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida USA! WoW! OMG! 4/14/2017 These entrepreneurs are already winners! Are you excited about these announcements?

Here they are:

1. Unimates ** Featured on Podcast Episode

2. SpecialTea ** Featured on Podcast Episdoe***

3. CareFull Catch

4. ConnectGo – ***Honorable Mention*** Better than EventBrite and MeetUp

5. Skinny Skiffs

6. LeadLab

7. Hannahsshoebox

8. Homey

9. KeefStree

10. Smart Cookie

11. University Limo

12. Woolly

13. Kef Shawarma

14. Zuloc

This episode showcases two of the companies: Overall social media winner Unimates and my favorite food discovery SpecialTea!

Checkout the rest on the next episode of the Podcast on iTunes http://apple.co/1OEAXNC

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Perhaps they already know something or two about entrepreneurship you’d like to share with the new ventures. What do you think?

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