Today’s post comes from Norm Bour, a blogger with the NewportBeachPatch
Most of you “unemployables” know WHO you are and WHAT you are, but you may not know what you do. That’s OK. Once you acknowledge that the J-O-B channel is not for you then it’s a matter of applying Socrates Concept of “Know Thyself.”
You may see signs and symptoms and recognize that some of us sickies; those who are always looking for Opportunity. That cause is Discontentment. It’s discontentment in watching things happen the “same old way”; watching people with less skills do boring things all day and you having to march to the same beat. One of our new partners has been a wonderful experiment in watching entrepreneurship unfold before my eyes.
Gitonga Kanampiu is an interesting man, and the only person I ever met that does not know his date of birth. In the bush of Kenya where he was born, the date and the weight and the length of the child is insignificant. All that matters is the healthiness. He came to the United Sates as an exchange student in the 70′s, became an accountant by trade, got an MBA (actually two) and got involved with nonprofit organizations in many areas of finance. As the CFO of Easter Seals he helped them on many telethons and over the years has written hundreds of grants for as much as $40M dollars. Life was good, but he was unsettled and wanted more and about 18 months ago he left his very well paying job to venture on his own. He struggled to find his niche for quite some time and now is the CEO of Nonprofit Development Alliance which is designed to keep nonprofits out of trouble and teach them how to operate like a business. The quote he shared came back to me as I was watching SHINE: “Rather than work for Easter Seals I would rather help create 100 little Easter Seals.”
The Discontentment haunts many of us and many more that don’t know what to do about it. To quote Henry David Thoreau, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Speaking for myself I know that I was a horrible employee. Always looking to change things or improve things or just plain unsettled. If I couldn’t find that rapture in the job I usually tried it after hours in some form of business venture which usually failed. I had the desire and the drive, but what was lacking was the focus, the vision and the direction. Having a mentor would also
have been a big help.
Are you a Closet Entrepreneur? There is only one way to find out and that is to try it out and see if the shoe fits. There is no lack of opportunity out there and plenty or need and many that will share and teach and mentor and motivate. As someone that discovered the cause of his illness late in life I encourage you to soul search sooner than later. If a bushman in Kenya can find his calling from halfway across the world, you should have no valid excuses.
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