To be unashamedly me.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. A LOT. I listen to them while I walk to work and while I run and while I drive. The content varies: business growth, murder, mystery, motherhood, life, stories…I guess you could say that my interests are quite varied.
However, my reason for writing this post is not to share my favorite podcasts (you can find that list below!) but to share one aspect of one podcast. My favorite podcast for business growth is Youpreneur, and the one thing I’m constantly reminded of while listening is the value that I bring to the world through my experiences, goals, dreams, and perspectives. What does this also mean? It means that YOU also bring value to the world through your experiences, goals, dreams and perspectives!
When I was a teenager, I started my first business. I was self-employed, managing my own money (which usually meant spending it immediately). I even took on my own bookings. It was great! However, I wouldn’t exactly say that I was a babysitting entrepreneur at that point in my life. It wasn’t until I started my photography business at 22, dealing with brand management, taxes, licensing, photography projects and clients that I could even really understand what being an entrepreneur was all about. Even looking back it’s crazy to think that I took that step. I knew exactly what I wanted and I fought and fought to grow a successful business.
I’m sure that people thought I was crazy. It would have been easier to have a normal job with normal hours. Yet, I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Can I get a show of hands who know that’s the truth? Even my husband is smacking his head because he had no idea what he was getting himself into when he married me. Ha!
Throughout my entire life I’ve tried to be unashamedly me. So much so that I would do things that I look back on now and cringe at. I remember days where I took my Bible to school at the age of 13 and sat in the middle of the school soccer/football field to read it because I was an unashamed bold Christian. Then I remember conversations with my mom where I told her that I felt like I was called to live in Africa to minister to child soldiers and didn’t care if I died because their lives were worth it. And yet I still have times even now where I let my weird side out in social situations where it should probably remain hidden.
“I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” Psalm 3:6
It hasn’t been easy though. There are days when I struggle with my journey because I do feel weird or I do feel like the goals and dreams for my life are too big. Why can’t I just strive to have an easy, peaceful life? But that’s not me. Deep in my core, that’s not who I am. I fear failure but I fear leaving no mark on the world more.
I often think that my story isn’t worth much. My experiences aren’t as impressive as others. Who am I write a blog to encourage others? I have no voice.
But that’s a lie.
And so are the lies you tell yourself. Your voice does matter. Do not fear those people who would ridicule you or beat you down or stand against you. Thousands may come against you but thousands will stand with you. Every single person on this earth has a story to tell and has a person who needs to hear that story.
The goal for your life may not be to free child soldiers in Africa. Your goal might be to raise humans that love and value others. Both of these are equally fantastic goals! Use your knowledge, struggles, and wisdom to help others stand firm when even just one person stands against them.
This is what it really means to be an entrepreneur. It means believing in your goals. To fight tooth and nail for them. Ultimately it is to believe you have value and a voice.
(Do you need any podcast recommendations? Here are my favourites so far!)
- This American Life (you don’t have to be American to listen…the stories/themes hold up anywhere and are often internationally focused)
- Coffee + Crumbs
- Reply All
- Story Cast
- The Shrink Next Door
- The Teacher’s Pet
- Unravel True Crime
- Welcome to Night Vale
- Who the Hell is Hamish?
Got any recommendations of podcasts for me? Please share!
I wanted just one simple photograph this time. I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. If you are interested in any of my other work, please feel free to have a look here.