Here’s a fun fact about leaders – they have almost nothing in common. I’m not talking about leaders in the traditional sense (i.e politicians, investors, and executives – although they very well can be excellent leaders.)
True leaders have no dominant gender, ethnicity, career path, or socioeconomic background. True leaders only have one thing in common – they believe that it’s their duty to create change that others believe in. They believe in their mission to serve humanity in their own unique way so wholeheartedly, it’s almost like they have no other choice.
The Entrepreneurial Leaders of Smiths Falls
Now, here’s a fun observation about the leaders within Smiths Falls – specifically the leaders in the entrepreneurial community. Smiths Falls entrepreneurs are the greatest most evolved example of diversity in leadership.
We met for our first happy hour at Chuckles Jack last Wednesday, and despite having almost no commonalities with vastly different passions, demographics, life experiences, and amount of money in our bank accounts, there was one thing I think we all noticed which bonded us in energy and spirit – it was the love of this community.
I’ve noticed in my short 3 months of living here, that the entrepreneurial leaders of Smiths Falls are unapologetically passionate about the evolution and success of the community; much more than any other entrepreneurial community I’ve ever be a part of or gotten to know. There’s no BS in that amount of care. I feel it’s truly genuine.
We’re actively battling resistance
And what happens when you care THAT much about something so dear to you? A remarkable vision of the future, being authentically you, and having unapologetic passion for your mission . . . all of these things are always met with resistance. The resistance is tough. So damn tough. Especially when you battle it alone as an entrepreneur often does.
Maybe it comes from not having the resources to go as big as you want. Maybe it comes from the people closest to you who don’t quite get it. Maybe it stems from people who are wondering why the heck you chose to open a business in Smiths Falls of all places.
In fact, that’s exactly what my friend Dr. Rob Rodine of Restorative Health and I were chatting about at the happy hour. He was telling me about the resistance he’d receive from many people when he was planning to put his dream practice in Smiths Falls. “Why there?” “There are much nicer places to put a business.” “Will you even be profitable there?” “Don’t you know about Smiths Falls?”
Oh man. I am battling the same resistance in my life as we work on opening the Meraki Collective downtown. Has anyone else dealt with this?
What do you do about people who don’t get your vision? How do you deal with that asshole in your head that tells you, “everyone else will think you’re stupid for pushing forward. You’re being selfish. Give up on this and get a real job.”
Even when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Whether you’re selling wine, cupcakes, wellness/fitness/marketing/financial services, beautiful artwork, investment opportunities, or innovation pods – whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop us.
Mediocrity aligns to stop us because it’s the majority. The vast majority of people we meet in life are playing life quiet and average and are deep down so unsatisfied with it. We can’t listen to resistance like this because it’s just not helpful for someone like you who’s on a mission to serve humanity in your own unique way.
Set up a life you don’t need to escape form
One of my mentors is Seth Godin (although he doesn’t know it.) I quote him a lot in life, particularly in conversations like this about tribe building and leadership. He said something powerful that’s always stuck with me:
“Life’s too short’ is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
And again, as Seth Godin says, “If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it’s unlikely to be worth the journey. Persist.”
So, what exactly am I rambling on about? This an invitation to party every month.
Let’s connect our tribe
Yes, I understand this is probably the most depressing and intense party invitation you’ve ever gotten! I likely won’t be hired to write any wedding invites soon. Anyway, the party has a point.
It’s to reconnect with your fellow tribe leaders who DO get it. We can’t go at this alone.
In my last article “Why Small Town Entrepreneurs are Losing Their Freaking Minds” I talk about the hugely negative impact isolation has on solopreneurs. So that’s what the Smiths Fall Entrepreneurs Happy Hour is about. Taking off a few hours out of your mid-week grind to have fun, relax, reignite, and reconnect with the tribe that nourishes your rebellious entrepreneurial spirit.
NEXT SMITHS FALLS ENTREPRENEURS HAPPY HOUR
Dec 14, 2016
Chuckles Jack (Lounge Area) @ 7:00-10pm
No Agenda. Just Good Vibes and Great People.
There’s no charge to get in. This is a BYO$ event. Sorry no open bar (yet!)