For some of us heart-centered entrepreneurs that are highly sensitive, perfectionism seems to go hand-in-hand. Our sensitivity to subtle details and our great visionary, planning and fine-tuning ability are a great strength. Many of us are overachievers and set the bar very high in all that we do. So high that we tend to get stuck in fine-tuning and tweaking mode and never get our great work out into the world.
When I was a kid, I had the great honor of having my Grandmother live with us for a few years. It wasn't until now that I realized how many life lessons she taught me. On the outside, she was this cute little Italian lady, with a warm smile and twinkly eyes, and dressed in a comfy floral housecoat. She liked reading and sipping tea at our kitchen table.
But on the inside, she was a force to be reckoned with...
"Sometimes you just have to burn down the barn to see the moon." ZEN Quote.
I am a gal that always has a plan. For years, it was a boring spreadsheet with daily to-dos that outlined what I needed to accomplish in business and in life. My ability to map out next steps and check off little boxes made me feel really productive most days. But then I realized productivity is NOT the same thing as inspiration.
Earlier this year I had the AMAZING opportunity to retreat with my mentorship group and mentor extraordinaire Jennifer Lee, founder and author of the The Right Brain Business Plan and Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way. Three days filled with deep reflection and connection with a soulful group of women that held some powerful sacred space for me to go deep and really tap into why I became an entrepreneur and how I want to show up in this world.
Heart -Centered Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. We are passionate, creative, non-conforming, want -to-do -it our own way change -the-world kind of people. We are mission driven and have a double-bottom line: positive impact and profit.
As a small business owner and a mentor to others who want to start their own businesses, people always ask me “how did you become an entrepreneur?” They probably expect to hear the nuts and bolts stuff about the five plus businesses I’ve had but somehow I feel compelled to tell the story of how I caught my insatiable entrepreneurial spirit when I was only ten years old--and it all started with a hot dog truck…