*Photo courtesy of The Entourage's 'Entrepreneurs Uncovention' page
Inspiration comes in many forms. You can be inspired by a quote, a picture, a story, a person or an experience just to name a few. Inspirational opportunities are all around us, it's just a matter of recognising them. I make it my mission to find inspiration in something every single day.
There are two Australian women (excluding family of course) who truly inspire me. From their creativity, hard work and dedication to their down to earth nature, love of life and achievements.
The first one is Health and Fitness guru Michelle Bridges. On Saturday the 29th August 2015, I attended The Entourage's 'Entrepreneurs Unconvention' event in Brisbane, where Michelle was one of the guest speakers.
Having previously done her 12 Week Body Transformation courses, followed her on social media and subscribed to her emails, I thought I knew a fair bit about her. But what I didn't know was just how strong her drive to succeed is. Over 20 years ago, she packed up her car and moved with only $300 in her bank account. She had no idea what she was going to do, but she had a dream and knew she had to do something in order to pursue it. She has also had her fair share of rejections too, but each time it has made her even more determined to push further.
There are two main things I took away from her session. The first one is to stop making excuses and just frickin' do it. She spoke about the excuses people have for not looking after their health and exercising. "President Obama exercises at least 5 days a week and he is a busy man. If you claim to be busier than the President of the United States, then you perhaps have a valid reason for not exercising. If not, then stop making excuses and just get out there and do it". She also associated this with business, and if you have a dream or an idea, you need to make a plan and take action to achieve your dream.
She also admitted that she certainly doesn't jump out of bed everyday ready to run 10km. Like most other people, she considers pressing that snooze button and going back to sleep. But she doesn't give herself that option. She turns into robot mode and just gets on with it. So I love and embrace her #JFDI (just frickin' do it) motto.
The second thing I took away from the session is learning to believe in yourself and never giving up. If you have great ideas and dreams and you truly believe in yourself, then anything is possible. During her talk, she spoke about many of the rejections she faced throughout her career. The one that stood out for me was when she was looking for an agent and kept getting a no on every door she knocked on. Finally a friend gave her a number to an agent and told her to give it a go.
After writing an email requesting this agent represent her, she soon got an email back that said a big fat no. So what did she do that was so inspiring? Well she replied to that email, clearly stating what she was working on, what she had in the pipeline and what her past achievements were. She then finished the email with "This will work, so you better just get on board with me". That agent then replied with a meeting time and date. Moral of the story? Believe in yourself and be assertive. Stand up for yourself and don't let barriers knock you down. Your journey and dreams will happen, it's up to others whether or not they want to get on board for the ride.
So perhaps one day I will get to be a part of Michelle Bridges' team, managing and writing her blogs and being involved in a growing industry of helping others achieve their gaols? Never say never right?
As for my second inspirational female, well, you will have to stay tuned for the next article.