Creating a business and building a team is not much different from designing and creating a formal knot garden: it is a challenge and can be very frustrating, but once underway the time and effort invested can produce significant fulfillment and substantial gains. It can also be an exhausting experience and one that is subject to interference, disruption, distraction, financial pressures and people problems.
‘Embrace the struggle and let it make us stronger.’
When I reconnected with friend of mine from when I first came to New Zealand 32 years ago, she showed me a photo of the home and garden she had created out of an acre and a quarter of sheep’s paddock. In fact this was the third property she and her husband had grown from the bottom up. It was extraordinary, and it reminded me of just how much focus and determination is required to be an entrepreneur and get people and projects up and running so they pull together with a common purpose and direction.
So is your situation a knotted garden or an interwoven piece of art?
Here are some tips from the knot-weaver!
‘When everything feels like an uphill battle, think of the view from the top’
The ‘Worth of While’ (WOW) Factors:
‘A river cuts through a rock not by its power, but its persistence.’
My friend Annie had an innate desire to create a living design to enjoy, and enjoy it she has. It has also provided a number of surprising side-benefits – the garden became a wedding venue; a place for people to come and be inspired; a haven for visitors, friends and family alike….and as with most of my friends, a place of superb hospitality and delicious food! Be thinking of the peripheral benefits of your creating your very own interconnected, interwoven ‘artwork’ both in business and at home to create diversity.
‘Every brick thrown at me I use to stand on!’
For ideas on how you can ‘get weaving’ to change how you deal with your individual ‘artwork’ at home or at work, please check out my website www.outoftherut.co.nz or contact me on 021-732 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you!
Acknowledgement: My grateful thanks to Annie Sutton for her inspiration for this blog.
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