22 November

A Time for Reflection, and Action

The holiday season is here and the stream of emails, ads, messages, mail and events centered around appreciation, good wishes and reflection are pouring in.  I love this time of year.  It brings the things that matter front of mind and reminds me why I became an entrepreneur.  Like every business owner I want my business to succeed. I love to build things.  The prospect of creating something special out of nothing is exhilarating and I feed off the energy that it produces.  Those reasons give me what I need to put in the hours, sweat and tears needed to push something forward. But none of those reasons was my reason for becoming an entrepreneur.  I became an entrepreneur because I want freedom.  I want to choose my days.  I want my days and nights to be in harmony.  I want my values to hold in every conversation and action I take.  I want to live my why.  It’s a mindset, a lifestyle.  A way of looking at the world and realizing that you can have a say in it.  So when I sit around my loved ones and laugh about things, eat too much food and feel happy, it doesn’t make me want to slow down.  It is time for reflection, but it also a time for action. I focus and redirect myself and my business and get ready to stay even truer to my purpose next year. I can barely sit still with the ideas flowing in and can’t find enough time in the day to organize them all.  This is something I’ve found to be true amongst those of us who live this lifestyle.  When everyone else is slowing down, we take the positive energy, slower inboxes and extra calories to create, build and change the world.

Here’s to another purposeful holiday season!

-Zahra

1 March

Leadership in Business

Leadership is at the heart of every successful business.  There is no doubt that every business will have its successes and failures.  Being someone who can stay focused on the vision and lead employees, customers, partners, vendors…whoever is on board, through the ups and downs is what differentiates a leader from a manager.  I knew I was a good manager before I started my own business.  I was organized, focused, hardworking, outspoken.  I knew how to get the job done.  Now that I’m an entrepreneur, that’s not enough.  I have to lead.  I have to see how all the pieces come together, put them in the right order and, most importantly, inspire people to join me.  A business plan will help you put and keep the pieces together, but your gut and willpower are the secret sauce.