Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve been under the weather the last couple of days. I’m actually about to head out to urgent care to make sure it’s not something more than a cold. Being a bit ill has a pretty significant impact on my mood. I don’t handle it very well, admittedly. It’s one of the things I wish I could be a bit more mature about, but always growing…

I got to thinking this week about mood, and how important it is to our ability to perform.

Things Fall Apart. Whether it be in business or our personal lives, or most importantly our health. I haven’t met anyone who has not encountered challenges on their path. But I have seen a marked difference in the way that people respond to those challenges. Having been ill this week, my mood challenges have highlighted an attitude that makes a huge difference. Hope.

I was going to say optimism, and maybe that’s the conventional term to use considering this is a business focused newsletter, but hope is the word I want to use. I think hope might be the tie that binds us together, literally, you and I.

Look, this whole Unlikely Co. thing I’m working on is a fight in the face of every social norm that says that it’s predictable (and maybe even predetermined) how wealth will be distributed. People ask me all the time, “what’s your plan to actually change the way that income disparities currently play out in America?” The truth is, I don’t know. I’m starting with the end in sight. I can see a day when a much larger percentage of Americans believe that they can be entrepreneurs, and have the tools to do that. That vision is what I’m working towards, driven by a hope that it’s possible and that I can be part of that change.

As a child who did not get to where I am by a conventional path, I know that my mother had to have this same hope for me. Especially when things looked grim. That’s what mothers do. They maintain a hope that things will be better for their child than they are for them. In this way, everything I needed to persist as an entrepreneur who wants to change the world, I learned from my mom.

Hope leads to courage, which leads to the actions necessary to achieve success. When I’m ill (like right now), I have less energy to act, which makes me feel less courageous, and backs me into the one thing that I need to get back on track. Hope. So today, I’m writing this in the hope that it’s coming across like I intend it to. I hope you will enjoy the rest of this day and embrace every challenge in front of you this week. Until next Sunday…

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