My business partner, Laura Meck, always says you can find a marketing message in almost anything. If that is true, I just received a whopper! A few weeks back I was teaching a Hospitality Bootcamp class at the Arlington Employment Center. This is a fantastic program that helps unemployed individuals find new careers in the hospitality industry. I am always so inspired by the participant stories and eagerness to do well. Part of the “graduation” ceremony requires each participant to make an oral presentation in front of the class on any topic they wish. One woman told a story about how she loved to look through old books on the library’s FREE cart. She found a small book of poems and shared one of them with the class as a way to provide encouragement and strength as they began their new jobs. I was so enthralled with the poem, I asked her to make a copy of it so I could take it home.
While this poem is really targeted at how to live your personal life, as Laura says, I think there is a very strong message useful to budding entrepreneurs and business owners. I share this poem with all of you, The Launchbox® community, to say take a look at your vision and mission. Is it connecting with your heart? Owning your own business can be very scary sometimes. Remember this sage wisdom and advice….
Good luck & Stand tall –
Advice From a Tree by Ilan Shamir
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your Roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the Light of your own True Nature
Think long term
Go out on a Limb
Remember your place among All living beings
Embrace with Joy the changing seasons. For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun and delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek Nourishment from the Good Things in life
Fresh Air, Light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink Plenty of Water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember Your Roots!
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About the author: Maggie Clayton
Maggie, Executive Director for Sonata Venture Solutions /The Launchbox, is a creative and fun professional and educator delivering results for over 20 years. Maggie joined the Sonata team in 2010 and has delivered The Launchbox workshop to a wide variety of audiences. The Launchbox is a workshop that can be taken in person or online with support by certified instructors. Sonata Venture Solutions is an outsourced marketing provider. The Launchbox is its educational outreach arm. Whether you want to completely outsource your marketing to someone you trust, or you want to educate yourself on current and traditional marketing techniques, we are here to help.