How I Discovered I Was A Leader: #Blog4Biz Day 3

#Blog4Biz: Day 3 “My Best day in Business was…”

May 22, 2012, the day I filed my business paperwork with the state is a day I will never forget. BRAVE Communication LLC is more than a vehicle for career pursuits. It is also a vehicle for my personal and spiritual growth.

I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur but growing up I didn't see any entrepreneurs like me. All of the entrepreneurs I knew fell into two camps:

A).     They were extremely driven, hard-nosed, in your face people who didn't care about who or what they had to step on or step over to get the next deal. They had blinders on. Making money was the only measure of success they recognized.


B).    They were pretenders. They didn’t want anyone to tell them what to do so they go into business for themselves. They want to be the boss but don’t want to have any responsibility. They conduct themselves so unprofessionally that no one takes them seriously.

I didn't fall into either of those camps so I dismissed entrepreneurship altogether. 

As a kid, I was soft spoken and shy. The thought of having someone say NO to my face was enough to send me under the covers with my blanket. I didn't have tough skin. I never thought of myself as a leader. I never had a lemonade stand or paper route or showed any other signs of leadership or business affinity….not in the traditional sense of the word anyway.

It took over 20 years for me to see that I am and always have been a leader, coach, teacher, and mentor. When I was BRAVE enough to see myself for who I am and not in comparison to others, then I was able to accept these truths and see the patterns.

I needed to do that internal work before I could step out on my own. The way I operate my business is really simple. I do what I know to do today. I am very good at helping people have truer, richer, and more engaged relationships at work and at home. I communicate how I do that to potential clients. If they agree, we move forward. If not, I wish them well and, if I can, point them to other resources that might be a better fit. 

I don’t compare myself to other leadership, training, coaching or blogging gurus. There are enough clients out there for all of us. I have to stick to being me. And I have to be BRAVE enough to believe that people will appreciate my fresh, fun, respectful and heart warming approach to communication skill building.

I am not just challenging the world to be BRAVE enough to improve their communication skills. The best day of my business  was when I was BRAVE enough to legally file the paperwork and tell the world “I am open for business”.

The Living BRAVE blog” does not officially relaunch until Aug 1, 2013. However during the month of July, I accepted the #Blog4Biz daily business blogging challenge. The challenge is designed to help business owners focus on certain aspects of blogging that will expand their skill, boost creativity, and focus their message. Initially, I wasn't going to publicly share my posts, but as I started writing these posts, I realized that some of these posts might help you get to know me better before the “official” content appears August 1. If you want to join the challenge, click here
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  1. Ohhh, wait, why didn't I think of the day I got my papers back as a Best day. Isn't that an amazing feeling? Go girl!

    1. It was an amazing feeling joy and terror at the same time :)

  2. I love when people say they want to be an entrepreneur so that they can work for themselves. Little do they know, you go from having one boss to hundreds of bosses (if you do it right). Not everyone is BRAVE enough to really go all in - congratulations! :)