I remember the exact moment that I knew I wanted to start my own business. I was sitting at my desk working on a project for the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. I had been given a 3-month contract to work on a few projects and was really enjoying it. A few years later I started teaching at Gemini Modelling Agency, mentoring young girls through beauty, fitness and self-development. I started every class at Gemini with a quote or blog, and I quickly learned a lesson about teaching: it’s not just about spreading information or teaching something new. It’s about empowering other people to harness their abilities for growth. I wanted to take teaching to the next level through seminars and workshops on social media for business, so I contacted a few local businesses and entrepreneurs, and now, here I am.
A few months ago my phone rang. It was Resurrection high school – my old stomping grounds – asking me to speak to 600 honour roll students and their parents at an upcoming awards night. “Something inspirational that you would like to share,” she said. So I accepted and sat down at my desk to get started. I cracked open my MacBook… and sat motionless for 20 minutes. The problem with asking someone to provide inspiration is that it means something different to everyone.
So I went to the awards night and told the students 3 stories… 3 lessons that I learned from high school. First I told a story about my high school BFF, Erin. I told them to cherish the people in their lives, and to take each moment to really breathe it in. Second, I challenged the students to be open to meeting new people and trying new things… vulnerability is pretty amazing. Lastly, I shared my favourite quote with them:
“It is not the criticn who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
The final lesson I learned, the final challenge I shared was this: “Be the person in the arena. Take risks and work hard. Be the one who dares greatly and don’t ever look back.” Mentoring others is something I really enjoy, which is why I have decided to continue teaching at Conestoga College, and volunteering in Waterloo Region. I’m excited to expand my business from offering seminars and workshops, to providing additional communications services to my clients.
If it’s the first time you’re visiting my blog, welcome – it’s nice to meet you! If you’ve been following it over the years, thank you! Despite now working with clients – big and small – across the globe in a variety of industries, my goal still aligns with why I started doing this in the first place: to maximize the potential of the people and businesses that I work with. Thanks for joining me, and may you always push yourself to Dare Greatly.