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Entrepreneur's Journey

Samir Selmanovic September 14 2016

Leaving a full-time job with benefits and taking on an entrepreneurial journey into a transformative profession (speaking, mentoring, writing, coaching, secular pastoring, or being a party clown) without professional help of someone who has been there, is like being a one-legged person on an ass-kicking contest. Very tough.

I learned my lesson, got help, and am now celebrating a balanced and prosperous year. Plus poetry! Here are the words, fresh and deft, that can break event through one-legged's man despair:


THE JOURNEY (by Mary Oliver)

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice--

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"

each voice cried.

But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do--

determined to save

the only life you could save.

--

Mary Oliver also said: "You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell you the truth the world doesn't need any more of that sound."

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