“ I always complained about having only a pair of shoes
until I saw another kid who had no feet.” -Oswaldo Guayasamin
It’s so true, right?
Let me start with some numbers here… yes, I am a numbers kind of gal.
- Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day.
- 842 million people – or one in eight people in the world – do not have enough to eat.
- 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
- 50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in 240,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
- Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
- 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and none of the 12 percent lives in developing countries.
The truth is we have so many things we take for granted. If you are like any other entrepreneur, you are overwhelmed, working long hours, putting all your might and your energy into building your business. You sometimes doubt, at other times fear, are sometimes angry and probably exhausted more often than not. And when that happens, we all tend tocomplain, to be short tempered, and to become dissatisfied.
There is always someone who is in a more difficult situation that the one we are in, yet we still complain:
“I have too much work”
“ I have so many to–do’s”
“I just want to take a break”
“I have to spend so much to get help”
“Why is that coaching program so expensive?”
“I thought things would be easier”
“ I have to travel again?”
“When will this investing stop?”
“When will it get easier?”
The list goes on and on. What we do not stop to realize for a second is that it is a privilege to do what we are doing.
Most likely if you are reading this email you are an entrepreneur, you have either a computer or a cell phone, and internet access. You have food in the fridge and on your table, electricity in your home, running water, you are healthy enough to work and you have the means to do so. It is highly likely you have shoes on your feet and a roof over your head. I could list all the other things you and I have that many, many people do not.
We have to start viewing our ability to be in business, to receive money for fulfilling our passion, for having so many to-do’s because business is growing, for being able to attend the live events we go to, for being able to pay for a coach (although we often do so without knowing at first where the money will come from)…
… we need to start seeing all these things for what they are: a privilege
Running your business is a privilege because it means you have the ability to act on your dreams.
Being busy is a privilege because it means you are working towards your future, and you are looking forward to doing a lot of things.
Having to write your ezine is a privilege because it means you have found a means of expression and people are interested in what you have to say.
Having a list of To-Do’s is a privilege because it means you are so full of life and projects, there is scarcely enough time to accomplish everything!
Paying for a coaching program is a privilege because it means you either have the money to do it, or you are looking for the money, anyway you are excited about life, about the possibility of the future, you are alive!
You being in business, having a dream, taking action, no matter how difficult it may seem at the beginning, is a privilege.
There are female entrepreneurs in South America who ask for a one-hundred dollar loan to run their business… and you know what? They pay it back 95 percent of the time.
There are women in Africa who have to walk for two miles to bring home a bucket of water, water so contaminated that you and I would not even dream about drinking.
There are kids in Asia who walk for two hours to be able to get to school, even though they don’t even have chairs to sit on, or crayons with which to draw.
There are kids inAsiawhose only option (at least the only option that they seem to think is available to escape their circumstances) is to go work in a brothel.
I could go on and on, but I believe I’ve made my point.
Doing what you do is a privilege, so let’s stop complaining and let’s start seeing your life for what it is. Not every one lives like we do – living this kind of life and having your business is a privilege, so start acting like it is.
Start being grateful for your ability to be in business, and start working with desire, pride and gratitude just for being who you are, right here and right now… that itself is a privilege.
To your Everlasting Success