Going into business feels a bit like the journey that Dorothy took, in the film The Wizard of Oz.
A whirlwind takes you off your feet; you are thrown about a bit, swirled around and around and eventually land somewhere. The somewhere feels and looks very different to anything you have ever known before and it is SCARY!
You meet friends and guides in this new mysterious land of business, most of whom are also finding their way around. Seeking ways to improve, learning from others and quite often making the same mistakes.
If you are lucky you will find some great people who are willing to give you good advice and guidance that leads you in the right direction. People who have done it before you and are trying hard to help you to avoid the mistakes they made.
Watch out though, there are wicked witches, spells and tricks to throw you off course, munchkins to save and red slippers* to be found.
Eventually, of course the answers you are seeking are to be found inside yourself. Are you made of the right stuff to be in business? Do you know who you need to become to be a success in business? Can you be in business doing what you love?
My own Yellow Brick road continues to stretch out in front of me but I do not fear the journey. I strive to surround myself with people who can help me, learn what I need to and do not waste time learning anything else.
I know who I am, what direction I am travelling in and what I need to reach my destination. My road is wide and long and I know I can only ever hope to see the horizon – the exciting thing is that I do not know what is on the other side. Yet!
So what does your road look or feel like? Do you know the direction you are headed? And, do you have the right travelling partners to help you on your way?
Being a member of WiRE for the past three years and team leading for part of that time has given me a wealth of the things I refer to and continues to do so. I am constantly learning from others and given the luxury to pass my knowledge on to others.
What do you learn? What do you share?
Use your membership of WiRE to help you on your journey and I’m sure you will find the magic of your Red Shoes too.
Where will you find the Wizard?
* The Ruby Slippers are the magical shoes worn by Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) in the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz. In the film, Dorothy acquires the slippers after her house falls on and kills the Wicket Witch of the East, freeing the Munchkins from the Witch’s tyranny. In return for her unintentional good deed, Dorothy receives the slippers to protect her from the Witch’s vengeful sister, the Wicket Witch of the West. Dorothy knows the slippers are magical, but she is unaware of their specific powers. Only at the end of the film does Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, reveal the slippers’ secret: Whenever Dorothy wishes, she can return home to Kansas by simply clicking her heels three times and repeating, “There’s no place like home”.
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