How To Reinvent Yourself! Start at the beginning: What problem is big enough to be worthy of your life?
In order to reinvent yourself you want to be able to answer the question,what problem is worthy of your life? Wow, what a question! What does ‘a problem’ mean? I see everything I take on when I raise my bar as an exciting challenge. Hmm, & then I started to see why the word ‘problem’ was used. Usually when you take on a really huge challenge, in addition to it being an opportunity to grow outside one’s comfort zone, it can create a ‘problem’. So, something really big to have my life make a difference & call on me to live life large. Immediately I said it would be to have enough inventory of my beaded necklaces to meet a huge demand.
I then breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, this was it. After taking a 2 hour simple class in beading, I fell in love with the craft & before you knew it, I had about 50 necklaces made. What to do with all those still left after I gave most away to family & friends? Sell, sell & sell said my friends. No, no, no said I.
SELL, SELL, SELL
Why couldn’t I do that; sell, sell, sell? All my life I shied away from being an entrepreneur. I often gave my time, my skills and my talents away for free. I worked for 30 years as a civil servant, earning low wages but providing a public service supporting & empowering unemployed professionals. After I retired I continued to help people with their resumes & job searches. “Become a consultant, work for outplacement” my peers would say. No, no, no I’d say. I don’t want to be an entrepreneur. How could I start charging now for anything I did?
A PROBLEM WORTHY Of MY LIFE?
I pondered this question of a problem worthy of my life? I know- keep growing the business so I can leave a legacy to my daughter who is now designing & making beautiful, graceful, feminine beaded necklaces. She wants our business to grow in order to supplement her income as a massage therapist. Now this seems like a worthy cause. Yet, something doesn’t feel just right. Sharing my quest with some friends, I have an eureka moment.
I GOT IT
I know what problem is worthy of my life. THIS IS IT! At age 68 (I’m now 74.8) I created my company from a hobby & sold over 200 necklaces, did 15 craft shows, expanded my computer skills, created a website www.EarthandMoonDesign.com, became a business woman & through it all, I continued to express my passion for the bright, textured, alluring combinations of beads. I reinvented myself & now I have a really big problem worthy of my life & it is to inspire others to find & express their passion & reinvent themselves.