I internalized three lessons today. This is due to the fact that I had a long day. I left the house at 9 a.m, drove a total of 6 hours, and just returned at 9 p.m.
One, I experienced first-hand that being entrepreneurial requires much more than passion. One has to have a healthy dose of persistence and a willingness to sacrifice. I host a YouTube channel called Dadas Lounge. This weekend, I had a conversation with three ladies. Two of whom I met in Binghamton, NY. I was up at 4.00 a.m yesterday and stayed up till 1:30 a.m this morning. Honestly, I wished I could sleep in. But I am too passionate about Dadas Lounge to miss out on an opportunity to hold a conversation. Second, I would not forgive myself. I had to internalize the lesson that entrepreneurs have to go a step further than passion.
Second, unless I want to collapse of fatigue, goals cannot always be met. My goal was to upload a video to YouTube today. However, given that it is 9 p.m, and I have only slept for 5 of the past 40 hours, I had to restrategize and forgive myself. So instead of posting a video on YouTube for my ‘blog post’ today, I am writing a reflection.
Third, the human spirit is resilient. We can change our narratives if we are willing to pick ourselves up after we fall. Both of my friends have endured life-altering experiences. In spite of this, they both choose to focus on the how they will continue to thrive. To learn specifics, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
As a bonus, I had the chance to exercise some of Dale Carnegie’s teachings in How To Win Friends & Influence People. I listened. I took a genuine interest. In return, I learned more about my friends and their aspirations.
This was my first solo long distance trip. I filled my own gas tank but had to get help opening the gas door. You guessed it – Jersey girls don’t pump gas.