A Celebration of My Favourite Quote!

Steve Jobs Quote 2005 - Zest e-Biz Celebration of My Favourite Quote

As I am only a couple of weeks away from commencing maternity leave ready for the birth of my first child, now seems like an appropriate time for a bit of reflection…

Two Babies Conceived

September 2011 marked the official launch of Zest eBiz. Roughly the same time (although unknown to me at the time) my baby was conceived.

Over the months that have passed I’ve watched both of my babies grow in awe; from initial thoughts about starting a business, or starting a family, to making the commitment to go for it and then every stage of development since then.

Making the decision to start a family was almost easier for me than the decision to start a business. In both cases I had the full support of my partner, but I guess I felt like we were more of a team when it came to starting a family.

Starting a business on the other hand came with a lot more fear and anxiety for me. What should my business look like? How will I get started? Could I manage it out of business hours as well as working full-time? What would people think about me going into business, or my business itself?

It took one defining moment last year to help me realise that I did really want my own business…

The Decision to Jump

Steve Jobs had passed away and the internet was flooded with his inspirational words of wisdom. The quote at the top of this post really spoke to me. So much so, that I turn to it every time I need strength, or that little bit of encouragement.

Soon after reading this quote I was working through a difficult decision with my Life Coach. Being the amazing professional that she is, she always listens to me and in traditional coaching style asks the right questions to get me to explore the answers I’m searching for myself. However this day she’d obviously had enough and simply said to me:

“I feel like I’m standing on at the top of a cliff with you and you keep asking me, ‘should I jump?’”

This hit home for me. I love all things related to adrenalin sports (like bungy jumping backwards in the photo above), so that metaphor was like turning a light on inside my head.

That week I had one of my proudest moments at work. I defended the decision I’d made, to one of the senior managers on site, not to commence longer hours that the majority of other engineers were about to commence due to the nature of the project we worked on. His question as to whether I was worried about how this would be perceived by others in the company would have once affected me and caused me to question my judgement. However this day it was like adding fuel to the fire! I confidently replied along the lines of “no, I’ve worried about what other people think for too long”. I justified my reasons for not wanting to change my working arrangement with assurance knowing that I believed, finally, 100% in something I wanted to do and I was not going to be swayed this time.

Grateful for Healthy Growth

From that day forward Zest eBiz has grown into what it is today. Not a huge company, but rather the fruit of following my passion. I’ve been amazed at the wins (small and big) I’ve had along the way and the interesting and inspirational people I’ve met. But most importantly, I’m amazed at the feeling I get every time I coach a client. It’s second to none. I have to pinch myself to remind me that I’m getting paid to do what I love!

I hope this has inspired you to find the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Take 10 mins to think about that one hurdle standing between you and what you desire…

Now go and confront it head on knowing that your heart and intuition “somehow already know what you truly want to become”!

What is Your Hedgehog Concept?

 what is your hedgehog concept - Zest e-BizJim Collins, best selling author of Good to Great makes reference to Isaiah Berlin’s essay “The Hedgehog and the Fox” to illustrate his point about simplifying what it is that:

  1. You are deeply PASSIONATE about,
  2. You can be BEST IN THE WORLD at, and
  3. Drives your ECONOMIC ENGINE

The Hedgehog and the Fox

“The fox is a cunning creature, able to devise a myriad of complex strategies for sneak attacks upon the hedgehog. Day in and day out, the fox circles around the hedgehog’s den, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Fast, sleek, beautiful, fleet of foot, and crafty – the fox looks like a sure winner.

The hedgehog, on the other hand, is a dowdier creature, looking like a genetic mix up between a porcupine and a small armadillo. He waddles along, going about his simple day, searching for lunch and taking care of his home.

The fox waits in cunning silence at the juncture in the trail. The hedgehog, minding his own business, wanders right into the path of the fox.

“Aha, I’ve got you now!” thinks the fox. He leaps out, bounding across the ground, lightening fast.

The little hedgehog, sensing danger, looks up and thinks, “Here we go again. Will he ever learn?”

Rolling up into a perfect little ball, the hedgehog becomes a sphere of sharp spikes, pointing outward in all directions.

The fox, bounding toward his prey, sees the hedgehog defence and calls off the attack. Retreating back to the forest, the fox begins to calculate a new line of attack. Each day, some version of this battle between the hedgehog and the fox takes place, and despite the greater cunning of the fox, the hedgehog always wins.”

Are YOU a Fox or a Hedgehog?

According to Berlin, people can be divided into two groups: foxes and hedgehogs.

Foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity. They are “scattered or diffused, moving on many levels”

Hedgehogs simplify a complex world into a single organising idea, a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything. Anything that does not somehow relate to the hedgehog idea holds no relevance.

The Hedgehog Concept

How to Explore your Hedgehog Concept

Jim Collins suggests taking three bits of paper and listing separately:

  1. What you are TRULY PASSIONATE about – i.e. what gets you excited, motivated, or angry i.e. what really fires you up? What did you love doing as a child?
  2. What are you BEST IN THE WORLD at – i.e. what are you genetically programmed to do? Note: this list won’t always contain the same things as those on your deeply passionate about list.
  3. What drives your ECONOMIC ENGINE – i.e. how is that you measure value? It may not be financially, it could be the number people influenced, or the number of lives saved or improved.

Then he suggests you give the three bits of paper to someone independent and get them to identify the interception of your three circles.  Finally Jim Collins highlights that know you are nearing the interception of these three circles when you can get up everyday and say to yourself:

“I feel that I was just born to be doing this”

“I get paid (by the economic denominator of your choice – see point #2 above) to do this? Am I dreaming?”

“I look forward to getting up and throwing myself into my daily work, and I really believe in what I’m doing”

What is your Hedgehog Concept?

Whether you are interested in personal development or development of your business, do this exercise with three bits of paper and see what you come up with. I’ve started my lists a couple of times, although usually I tend to leave the ideas floating around in my head… so this afternoon I plan to get everything down on paper, then ask a couple of people I trust to review them for me!

Remember, you are not aiming for the perfect intersection of the three circles in your first attempt. Instead, try the exercise to better understand each of your three circles (which can grow and change over time) so that you can work towards that intersection.

Image sourced from http://hedgehogheaven.wordpress.com/

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What Are You Manifesting?

Exciting news! My book is coming out soon. It’s called…

Adventures in Manifesting: Success & Spirituality.

What are you manifesting - ebook - Zest e-bizCo-authored with bestselling authors from The Secret Dr. Fred Alan Wolf and Dr. Joe Vitale, bestselling authors Brian Tracy and Dr. Marilyn Joyce and many more.

How my Book Came About:

I first “met” Sarah Prout online after reading her inspiring book The Power of Influence earlier this year. I joined the Adventures in Manifesting course and found myself part of an amazing community, encouraged and supported by Sean Patrick Simpson and Sarah Prout to dare to dream and manifest what we each individually desired most.Sean and Sarah invited me to write a chapter in the first Adventures in Manifesting book series and I have not looked back. Such an amazing experience to get your thoughts in print so they can be shared with the world!

The last 12 months have been an exciting time in which I am grateful for a huge number of things including co-authoring Adventures in Manifesting: Success & Spirituality.

My partner and I have now being living together a year in sunny Karratha where we have made a home that functions as an Art Studio, Home Office, Bike Workshop, Go-Kart Workshop and Garage for cars, boat and go-kart trailer. We also went to Europe for 3 weeks, which was a fantastic trip!

I sold a painting at the 2011 Annual Cossack Art Award, and can’t wait to start another painting for next year.

Work (i.e. my day job) has stepped up a notch with the start-up of the gas processing facility I work on, just around the corner. I was also fortunate enough to co-ordinate and MC the first Women of Woodside EXPO up here in Karratha – “Celebrating 30 years of Women at Woodside in the Pilbara” in which we displayed over 70 profiles in the community.

I also launched Zest e-Biz Coaching officially only last week and already have one client signed up! See my COACHING page for more info.

Adventures in Manifesting – The Book:

For more info on my book, check it out under my BOOKS page.

The Adventures in Manifesting Online Hub:

www.WhatAreYouManifesting.com is the online hub for the book. Check out the Authors’ bios. See the other books and join the Adventures in Manifesting community too.

Upcoming Manifestations:

Soon I’ll have pre-release copies of my book available – signed by me. You can order them by emailing zestebiz@gmail.com.

In the coming 12months I also plan to manifest…

–     More amazing Zest e-Biz coaching clients

–  Guest speaking opportunities on leadership and business excellence

–     Another book

–     An investment property

–     Sufficient savings & passive income to go travelling and volunteer in 2013

What Are You Manifesting?

I’d love to hear from you. What are you Manifesting? It’s a powerful question and one I recommend asking yourself and those around you. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised by the ways this question will initiate manifestations in your life.

Let me know in the comments below, what do YOU want to manifest in the next 12 months?