Don't Give Up

I just read Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed, and I'm in the middle of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Both are amazing books that show the grit and determination of two ladies who refuse to give up. Life is hard, and when others inspire us with their own stories of endurance I am thankful.  

Yesterday I had a situation I was not looking forward to, but it went off without a hitch. I know another individual who is faced with a situation they are actually dreading, and he will be in my thoughts all day today. 

Here's some encouragement I'm gathering right now as these things run through my brain. Don't be afraid to say no to something that doesn't fit into your vision for your life. My wife has taken up meditation to deal with stress. I told a friend yesterday that sometimes life is just about showing up and putting one foot in front of the other. She agreed. I shared my dream/vision with another friend, and had I not we could not have received the encouragement we both received from exchanging our thoughts. Even if she never works for Clean Houses I'm thankful I shared my dream with her. It doesn't cost a penny to talk. I err on the side of keeping hope bottled up, but if something is on your heart, and the timing is right share it. 

I know it sounds like a cliche, but there is no gain without pain. As I reflect back on my career I'm thankful for the pain because it brought me to where I am now. I don't want to continually make bad decisions that led to the pain, but it's as much a part of me and my company as the success is. 

It's made my relationship with my wife and daughter stronger. It's made me a better employer, and when lies about getting rich quick enter my head I can now more easily recognize them to delete their destruction from my thinking. 

I want these same things for you. I highly recommend you to read Permission to Screw Up and Lean In, and I'd like to add a third called Women Who Work.

Don't give up good people. Keep showing up. Put one foot in front of the other, and learn to forgive yourself and others for the pain that will inevitably come. 

Daniel Tomlinson