by Dawn Landry | Feb 18, 2019 | Career, Career Tips, Leveraging Strengths

While on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I was reminded of a time nearly five years ago when our 13 year old niece traveled with us on a cruise. My husband kept nudging her to try the Flowrider® Surfing Simulator each day of our seven day voyage; this included at least two visits per day (all requested by her) to watch others on it. Some were naturals at it; others fell but kept at it. Heck, at least they tried.

Our niece has always been naturally, super athletic, so there was no doubt (in our minds) that she would easily pick it up. However, we could visibly see the struggles that she was enduring to rally and sign up. Finally, on the last day of our trip, she got in line to give it a go. We could see her wanting to retreat and back out with each person ahead of her advancing the line. She sucked it up and courageously went for it. Of course, she did great (even better than many twice her age) and loved it. In fact, she had so much fun that we couldn’t get her off of it and she regretted not trying it sooner.

As I recalled that story to my husband on our recent trip, we identified the parallel similarities that it has with me and my current work. Prior to starting my business, he had told me for several years to start my own consulting business. I would counter with: “Who would hire me?” and “I’ve never wanted to own my own business.” I had seen the struggles that my
parents had as business owners.

On February 21 st , 2019, Authentizity celebrates its two-year anniversary. It’s a reflective time for me as I’ve grown and evolved in alignment with the expansion and evolution of Authentizity and its service offering.

No longer can I say, “I’m figuring this out” or “I’m the Forest Gump of entrepreneurs.” However, one thing has remained a constant throughout these 24 months. I wake each morning with a steadfast appreciation and sincere servitude mission; I also have this deep desire to try exploring areas that I’ve never worked in before and challenge myself to new heights.

I am truly thankful to my clients, allies, family and friends who have embarked on this journey with me. I am especially appreciative of my Project Coordinator, Reagan Simon, who makes each day fun for me as she pushes me to greatness. I also can’t do what I do without the love and support of my husband, Daran Landry. Daran has always believed that I could conquer the world; through his eyes, I rally myself to do all of the things he tells me that I can do!

For all of my readers who are toying with the idea of going it on your own, please allow me to get my pom poms out. It’s the hardest work that I’ve ever done, but it’s also the most rewarding and creative time that I’ve ever experienced in my career. It does take courage to put yourself out there in this manner, but YOU CAN DO IT!

Please contact me if I can offer any advice or counsel at dlandry@authentizity.com. Pom Poms are standing ready…

Founder of Authentizity and independent business growth strategist confidentially assisting companies with customized programs.