It's unbelievable that we're already almost halfway through November, and everywhere I look the festive cheer has started to infiltrate.
So as Christmas bells start ringing and carols fill the air at every single store — my business doesn't slow down. In fact it’s a time where entrepreneurs start calling me in and business owners wanting a consult on strategy. Business owners reflect back on the year, re-evaluating plans and decisions made this past year and how to tweak it for the year ahead. I find consulting with entrepreneurs and business owners rewarding and fulfilling, as opposed to larger corporates where the business soldiers on even in the event of a mistake as they have the economies of scale to handle obstacles, unlike an entrepreneur.
It is precious to be allowed into the space of an entrepreneur, for them to put their livelihood on display for critical analysis. I appreciate the courage it takes, and the strength required to have someone poking around with your ‘baby’. The joy experienced when we put our heads together to work on new ways to evolve the business is priceless, and even more so when the strategy works!
Being a business owner is primarily about pursuing a passion, for some it’s about making a difference and giving back, paying it forward in a sense. An entrepreneur is able to find a way to make a dream a reality, to work towards the dream and find joy in the toil to realize the dream. An entrepreneur takes the risk, makes themselves vulnerable in the pursuit of a goal. But at the end of the toil, long hours, grey hairs and stress lines, they feel a sense of satisfaction. There is no big question “WHAT IF” and even if they failed at first, it was a lesson learnt, and an opportunity to attempt a different avenue. Everything does not always work out on the first try, but the entrepreneur by nature is always doggedly snapping at the heels of success — fully aware that things may just fall into place around the next corner.
I feel privileged to engage with entrepreneurs on a daily basis, I feel fortunate to be privy to ideas which turn dreams into a reality. The passion is contagious, it is a beautiful thing to witness and even better to see an end result. If you find yourself with a dream, but glued to the comfort of security and stability, just remember that it starts with only one step. It starts with following and engaging a passion, something we tend to keep dormant. Unleash the potential, whether it’s on paper, on a business plan and consult it every day. Pretty soon, it will look more like an inevitability and less like a pipe dream.
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself."
- Oprah Winfrey
Today's lookpost features a relaxed look, worn on a Sunday afternoon when hubs and I decided to go out and enjoy the beauty that Cape Town has to offer (sans kids).
I paired a white sleevleess blazer with a striped shirt, jeans and sneakers. This look will also be suitable for a work look, paired with tailored slim pants and a pair of heels.
Versatile and light for Summer!
Superbalist sleeveless blazer (now on sale: shop here)
Banana Republic shirt from Stuttafords
Converse SA Sneakers
Rebecca Minkhoff bag
Old Khaki scarf
Vogue sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
Caio for now,