At the time I’m writing this, it’s Friday, 5:44 PM CST, and I’m tired.

You are reading it on Sunday (or someday shortly after) and in a different space. But you know how I feel. You’ve been grinding at a level you previously have never reached, and it stretches you. Your body, and more importantly your mind, are confused by the pace and the consistency that you are putting them through. Results never match your early efforts.

It has taken a lot to go from 0-100 with our content, and me getting back active (with quality and intent) on Twitter and LinkedIn. So far, we still have under 1000 views on YouTube. That’s cool because I can see the day when we hit 1 million views. No idea what day that will be, but it’s coming.

But still right now I’m tired. And that’s ok. I can be tired and grateful at the same time.

On Wednesday of this week I was honored to be able to tell my story to Cohort 2 of the BEST program with the EC. This cohort is made up of 19 women from three prisons who meet at Tennessee Prison for Women to learn about entrepreneurship. I was asked to talk about how I got to where I was. When I walked to the front of the room and looked at the women, attentive and engaged, on the inside I took a deep breath… and began to share.

What I shared was for them, so I won’t give a play by play here, but what I will say is I understand where they are and they reminded me exactly why The Unlikely Company is so important. These women believe in entrepreneurship and they are holding onto a dream of what they will do when they are granted their freedom.

One women said that she hadn’t heard the word entrepreneur until this program.

So if you think entrepreneur is “played out” and overused, you’re just in a bubble. There is a huge segment of the population that needs to hear about entrepreneurship, that has no idea it’s a possibility for them. And many of them are Ambitious, Creative Rebels who could change the world. Just like Jobs, Zuck and Bezos. In different circumstances, those personalities could have easily ended up in prison.

I’m fairly certain that this ranks as the most impactful moment of 2016 so far for me, right next to the kickoff of the Oasis Venture program.

So yes I’m tired, but I’m grateful. And I know that I have no reason to complain when I have the great fortune to be able to work my ass off to make the world a better place, as opposed to waiting until my sentence is up. There but for the grace of God go I.

Until next time… to the grind,

Marcus

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