Tear Down to Build Up
I am absolutely sure this title will get your attention for a number of reasons. What does it have to do with building your own business? Glad you asked.
So let’s clarify, I am talking about a pot in which you plant food or flowers, not the pot that you smoke. I know some of you will stop reading now, that’s cool. I totally get the loss of interest.
I am by no means even a novice gardener yet. This is however one my goals for this season of my life. In my pursuit of learning more about gardening I have discovered what many gardeners already know: Gardening and living your one wonderful life have very similar processes. Today, I would like to talk about repotting plants and finding the courage to start your business.
Potting and Preparation
I began to notice that several plants stopped growing and began to die. I went to my sources; both people and the internet, to determine what I was doing wrong. I gave plant food, watered, put them in the sun, I even talked to them. I did not sing. Nothing living on earth deserves that. I learned it wasn’t my lack of care, it was actually because of my great care that this phenomenon was happening. My plants needed more room. They had outgrown their pot. I am a nurturer so my immediate thought was what if I kill them when I move them, this soil has been cultivated and it met their needs, what type of pot should I get and what if it is too big? I had lots of questions and concerns about this new move and the long-term impact on my plants. I discovered there was a process to repotting and I could learn how to do it. It happened all the time and the reality was if I did not repot my plants correctly, they would die. I refused to allow all the hard work and the potential of the plants to die a slow death because of my fear of the unknown. I repotted my plants. I discovered along the way, making the decision was the hardest part, the preparation was time consuming, the actual act was rewarding because I knew:
I was honoring my past labor
I was positioning the plants to produce more
I was increasing my own knowledge base so I could become a better gardener
I was giving back to the world by producing food and the beauty of flowers to share
I know all of my readers see where this is going. I had to be repotted. I was dying a slow death. My cultivation was done well. The degrees, senior leadership positions, community activism, divorced mom raising two awesome young people, family matriarch, mentor the list goes on…but I was still dying on the inside. I checked all the boxes and many would say I had arrived. However, what I knew was like my plants my root system needed to expand…I desired to go deeper…I needed more freedom, I was compelled to build legacy and I wanted to give back in a significant way while on my journey.
I made the decision and trust me, it was hard. I prepared and found out the more I knew the less I knew.
I found the perfect pot! AG’s Sandbox. This pot honored my past labor because I would provide services that reflected my expertise. As a business owner I determine my level of productivity. I am constantly learning so I can become a better entrepreneur. I will eventually give more back, but first I must acclimate to my new soil, find the right nutrients, get plenty of exposure to sunlight and protect myself from harmful insects and other environmental obstacles.
Watch me grow!