Looking for Sky In All The Wrong Places

Looking for Sky In All The Wrong Places

Ever sit with a single puzzle piece of clouds and wonder how you will ever put the
entire sky together? Life as an entrepreneur is often just like that– lots of the little
pieces, creating products, taking care of clients, wrestling with computers, finances,
taxes, etc.– and a whole lot of sky. The big open space where you create a
successful and enjoyable business. There were many pieces of ‘puzzle sky’, I was
drowning in an ocean of sky blue. After over a decade of struggling with my own
company to fit all the ‘pieces’ together, I have finally put together the big business
puzzle– and it’s not what I thought it would look like.

As a sponge for knowledge, I would constantly search for information to help me
grow. Emblazoned in my mind was a quote that I stumbled upon by accident while
researching William Shakespeare in the old, smelly, humid junior high library (thank
goodness for the Internet). “Information is power” insightfully said by Sir Frances
Bacon. At thirteen years old, I didn’t exactly know what power was but I knew I
didn’t want to be a ‘dork’ or a ‘druggie’, like so many of my friends. So, I wanted
power. So… I needed knowledge. I lived for it.

I became a “knowledge” junkie and didn’t ‘know’ it. How ironic is that? I graduated
from college with over twenty more credits than needed because I kept taking
classes. A habit that carried into adulthood, waaay past college, anytime I tackle a
new endeavor or head in a new direction… I take a class. A class– the perfect place
to get knowledge right? Yes, though I found I gave up something for that
knowledge. And I didn’t know it.

For me, every pursuit of knowledge was a piece of “puzzle sky.” I was excited with
the opportunity to learn something new. Exhilarated by the threshold of my un-
dorkiness being expanded. Enamored with the teacher teaching me! Yet at the end
of each ‘learning’ experience, something felt– wrong. Yes, I had gained a piece of
knowledge but felt empty and unattached. So, I would throw myself into another
class, another learning opportunity– ever on my quest for power. I had no idea that
with each learning experience, I was instead seeking permission for the new
undertaking– and was sidetracked by the high I got from the experience of
learning. (Gosh, I hope I’m not the only one.)

With more and more people leaving their cushy corporate job, there’s an explosion
of entrepreneurial workshops and seminars teaching you how to be more, make
more, more, more, etc. With all these portals of power, how do you know what’s
valuable information? Every one of these workshops and the information they offer
are a benefit to you– ONLY IF it is part of your larger picture. So let me help you
now… you don’t need permission to “see” exactly what is inside you daring to come
out.

To be successful you must dare to learn, surround yourself with knowledge, savor
each individual learning experience, HOWEVER always hold it in relationship to your
big picture– your success sky.

You must have a clear vision of the sky… your sky. No one else’s. You get to
establish if it’s blue or green. You get to establish is it’s clear or cloudy. You even
get to establish if it’s up or down. The important thing is that you “see” it, establish
it, create it by surrounding yourself with knowledge to supports that vision.

The next time you are considering taking a course or workshop for your business,
ask yourself these three simple questions:

1. What is my sky?

2. Which piece of my “sky puzzle” does the course fulfill?

3. Can this knowledge help me “see” my sky better or help me create it faster?

Knowing the answers will ensure you get actually what you need.

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