Friday, April 23, 2021 (Day 113)
Meditation Music: Adagio for Sleep: Liquid Mind (7:36) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bXByXUHTqg
Question: When was the last time you were silly? What happened? How did it feel?
Answer: This is one of those questions that I decided to read the night before, so that I could have time to think about it. And after thinking about it over and over again, I think the last time I was “silly” was when my girls were young and we did our regular visit to the North Carolina Zoo – which is probably about 10 years ago. When we would go, every now and them I would do something a little goofy for a picture, like sit with them on a statue, or climb on the top of the bus – with a sign that says “Do Not Climb.” It was always fun to do those things with them; they always found a way to bring out the best parts in me, in being a dad. How did it make me feel? Wonderful! I think over time, they saw that I was a pretty decent guy (they didn’t always see me that way). When we were together, we always had a lot of fun; I got to explore things with them that I would never do on my own. I became a much better dad and person because of those two little girls!
P.S. I don’t do silly things any more. Not interested…
I’m a big fan of entrepreneurship. I was introduced to entrepreneurship by my friend, Dianne Welsh in 2010 or 2011, when I took her Business Plan class. Since then, I came in second in a Business Plan competition, started the Dream Big Institute in 2011, was named a Coleman Business Fellow for three years, and have taught a spirituality and entrepreneurship/purpose-drive entrepreneurship class for the past 7 years. Over the past 3 years, I turned my purpose-driven entrepreneurship class into a side hustle 101 class, where I have students turn and idea into income. For two years, they had 14 weeks to create something; for the past two years, they’ve been given no more than 7 weeks to create something. Anyway, they’ve had a ton of success following the curriculum I’ve created for them, about half from Chris Guillebeau’s book, “Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days” (https://www.amazon.com/Side-Hustle-Idea-Income-Days-ebook/dp/B01MT0J7KF/ref=sr_1_2).
Anyway, it’s in my blood, now that I’ve been able to start another business with my friend and co-founder, Stephanie Williams. I am convinced that ALL of our young people need to develop the entrepreneurial mindset/spirit while they are in high school or college, since some predict that by 2030, 50-80% of the jobs will be independent workers – people working in their own business. Here’s a great article that talks about why this mindset is important:
- Entrepreneurial Mindset: An Essential Life Skill – https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/370068
So, if you found out that your job was going to be eliminated in 5-10 years, what would you do? For me, the word is RETIRED!