Month: August 2016
When we accomplish a task or reach a goal I believe its important to recognize the powers that helped us reach that outcome. Granted nothing happens without direct action by the oneself. Meaning no divine power will complete your goal for you. However, I do believe a number of our accomplishments have a helping hand behind them. An invisible force that seems to play a factor in the final outcome.
Just stop and think about a time you had a task at hand, one that seemed impossible. Yet, you knew it had to be done. So what did you do you pulled up your sleeves and took action. You likely set a plan or direction to take, rather you knew how to navigate the course or not you got started. That first action lead to another. You likely came across things that you didn’t know how to handle, and figured them out. Step by step you made the action and likely accomplished you task or learned a ton along the way, or both.
I was recently on a plane sitting next to a this gentleman. As we got to talking he revealed that he recently started a business out of necessity, he was laid off his job of 15 years and had nothing saved. He was on the verge of loosing his home and family. He had a skill set but that was it. He revealed his faith and that he prayed deeply on the subject. He decided it was time to venture on his own not relying on another company for his future, his words exactly.
He was skilled in a trade and had been doing it for many years, he had the equipment needed and the missing piece was guidance. Guidance in opening and operating a business. He swears it was divine intervention, because one day he out of the blue a good friend who he hadn’t spoken to in years reached out to see how life was going. This Friend had become a business consultant, primarily working with startups and technology companies. He wasn’t a tech company but the rekindled friendship would soon lead down the road of helping him establish his business entity and the proper licensing and insurance. The missing piece in his new found vision was now complete.
Jim would soon be off and running operating his very own lawn service. He explained how he had his marketing plan and top prospects lined out. He would primarily approach the clients he used to serve for years working for someone else. Then a ton of gorilla style tactics from door flyers, craigslist to yard signs.
As he puts it the thing just took off! He had great relationships with former clients who trusted his work and they were glad to hire him. Not only that, knowing his new vision and his new venture they were happy to refer him over to their friends. His business blew up, after a month he had enough capital to invest in more equipment and three new employees. He now runs two crews and keeps them busy for 6-7 days a week.
He told me his annual income has more than doubled and he has the freedom and security he could only have dreamed about in the last 15 years.
I couldn’t help but believe his story and accomplishment was due in big part to his own drive and action, it couldn’t have happened without those elements. However as he believed the reconnection with an old friend was more than coincidence. Something told him to reach out to Jim and say hi. Then something took that conversation down the road of those two working together to make his dream become a reality.
As this story illustrates if we keep our eyes and minds open we can see some sort of Kamui influence our lives and help us accomplish our tasks at hand. But don’t get me wrong we all must take the appropriate action, there is not likely any divine intervention who will hand you anything on a silver platter. I believe divine powers come into play when we are focused and taking the proper action, then the helping hand comes along, seemingly unexpected and helps us accomplish our goals.
So life isn’t always as planned and throws us curve balls or detours when we least expect them. It during those challenges that we often build character. Some might suggest these challenges are placed in our path by a divine being for the purpose of testing and developing oneself.
Here’s a story in which we believe the challenges put forth rather divine or not helped build character and improve my situation.
About a year ago I had an opportunity to move to a new city and help expand the companies presence in the US. This was the first time I moved from my home town and was excited to take the journey. I wouldn’t go alone as I moved my wife and son with me, it was my wife’s first move as well. Our lives were about to change in ways we expected and ways we didn’t.
This move would involve a number of life changes, most of which we didn’t fully understand beforehand. My wife was working full-time and we decided once we moved she could stay at home and not have to work. Our son would start school in a year ad they could just enjoy life until Kindergarten started.
So we were off to start a new life with gold at the end of the rainbow, so we thought.
The first couple of months went fairly good at work as there was a lot of buzz about our service. We had purchased an outdated company who partnered with high end professionals helping their clients. Being we had all the new bells and whistles there was a ton of interest and things were going fairly well and we felt like the market was going to be great.
Then it all started to unravel. There were many challenges at work that started to surface. The data migration went horrible and most client data was inaccurate or incomplete. The service model went from hyper local to national and even international. And trust me when data is inaccurate someone from the East coast looks like a fool when asked questions as they only have the info in the system, which is horribly wrong. Previously the clients could just call a local representative and resolve any discrepancies. Now it was like a maze of horror as clients just couldn’t get the appropriate help. As they say change is always tough but unsolicited change is even tougher. In this instance the clients didn’t ask for a change. Then the change placed upon them just wasn’t working.
The company is a national service and has devoted numerous resources into cleaning the client info and service up. As of late the problems haven’t ceased but have become fewer and farther between. So that’s positive and time will tell if we make it in this market or not.
The move also provided challenges at on the home front as well. My wife was feeling isolated and very much missed going to work, if for nothing more than socialization with adults. The boy adjusted fairly well, he misses and still talks about his old house and friends, but has created new friendships with neighbors etc..
So the “gold” at the end of the rainbow may just be a shinny spot on a heap of garbage. But we were determined to make it work!
As we faced these challenges we started to grow. The family grew closer as we are all we have in this town. I have learned a tremendous amount high level business decisions and the importance of due diligence. I also stretched my knowledge base and learned a whole new product set and relationship building skills.
So as we talk about challenges, life is full of them, and how we grow is what’s important.
I believe the wings of “God” may very well have placed this opportunity/challenge in our life if for nothing else for our family unity. Before our move the family was on the brink of breakup as home life was a constant struggle. Now we have grown together and face these challenges and many others as a family.
As well the growth I’ve experienced at work is huge and highly marketable if everything else fails at the current company. Hopefully that’s not the case but if that’s the future I’m confident in the skills and relationships I’ve built that moving on and up would be an easy transition.
So look at all your challenges not ass roadblocks but building blocks.