“Living the Entrepreneurial Dream”

It was one of those moments when you knew, it was time for change, to step out of my comfort zone.  Over the past 14 years I had built myself a career in finance and investments and had a ‘good job’ in management. Why was I feeling restless and wanting more? Yes I was good at my job and I did like what  I do, but there was still so much that was out of my hand, that had nothing to do with how great I was at my job.  I spoke to my friend, who was also a respected insurance agent, to get some perspective.  We spoke at length discussing my options, goals, skill sets. I was encouraged and ready to grow.

My journey at my new company began in mid-2015. I was excited beyond words in spite of concerns of a few relatives and friends.  Pre-contract was extended, still I was resolute to learn and be the best me.  I eventually made contract in November 2015 and got my first pay check or FYC as this was now my new language.  2016 rolled around and I was full of confidence, the 1st quarter went by slowly, could things get worse?…..Yes, I was in a 4 vehicle collision that totaled my car. Then came the 2nd quarter which found me ‘unproductive’ not something good in any industry but it was one of the dirty words in the insurance business. My confidence began to wane so did my faith in myself. My exuberance was replaced with sleepless nights, secret crying sessions, and bills piling up.  I questioned myself, I felt God was not seeing me, being asked to leave was definitely not in the cards.  I needed to act, I settled my 1st million in July and followed up in August and September and ended the year in like fashion.  MDRT and Century club qualifier ….yes that was me.

You will need supporters to motivate and remind you when you forget and the passion to fuel you on. This is my path, the race is not for the swift but for those who persevere to the end.

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QUOTE #2 – No Man is an Island

No man is an island and no man stands alone. One thing is for sure, to get to the top you are going to need support.

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In almost every success story that I have ever read they always, always had someone who opened a door, provided financial support or as Miss Oprah says somebody to show them the way.

When Josephs brother sold him into slavery he must have felt devastated, confused and frightened. Just imagine being betrayed by those closest to you, being torn from family and what is familiar and taken to a strange new land. However, even under circumstances such as this we are never truly alone. Joseph experienced many ups and downs in Egypt from being in charge of Potiphar’s affairs, being thrown in prison before being brought to Pharaohs attention and eventually being second in command over all of Egypt. This story has many points but the one I am looking at today is that even in this strange new land Joseph the Lord provided supporters in the form of Potiphar, the prison warden and Pharaoh.

Its amazing how sometimes you come in contact with individuals who appear to be selfish with their support or maybe they reserve their support for certain categories of persons.We all can provide support to someone on their journey to the top, you never know what your role will be or at what stage of their journey you will impact someone. For each of us the journey is different but regardless of how you start out success can be yours.

I leave you with this African proverb: If you want to go fast go, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…

Until next time walk good.