I ran across this article by Richard Branson where he talked about how he fell in love with entrepreneurship. He wrote:
“My introduction to the working world came from my mother, who was always using her limitless imagination to come up with new business ideas. She managed the whole process herself, from developing the ideas, to crafting the products, to making deals with distributors and selling goods herself. One of her more successful ventures was building and selling wooden tissue boxes and wastepaper bins in national stores.”
Then he adds this:
“She was resolute, and taught me if an item didn’t sell, you try something else.”
I looked up resolute:
admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering
Yes! That is what I want my son to witness! The last day of Smart Creative Style was yesterday (sob! It was so incredibly fun!) and I picked up my son from school and shared my joy (again) on how well the course had turned out. How a-m-a-z-e-d I was at the results! Then I made him watch a video montage (kinda proud of my new skill) that I had created from the student mood boards. He knows that I am happy, he knows that I have worked very very hard. He also knows that I don’t take credit for it all myself (hence the amazement-God is good!)
I know so many women who want to make a difference in people lives. They want their children to witness joy. How about Sir Richard Branson’s mother?! Did she have any idea that she was sparking the imagination of her bright son? Did she have any inkling that he might be in the position to give back and make a difference in so many lives through good jobs and through his charities?
For all of you who are slugging away with resolute determination, good for you! Keep at it! Your children are watching. It’s the ultimate mentorship program. Bring joy to all your tasks. Don’t despise small beginnings, it all counts. If you are able to spark the imagination of the ones you love the VERY most, you are making a difference!