overcoming challenges

Learning (just about EVERYTHING) as we go...

We missed a week with all the holiday hustle and bustle, but we are BACK! :)

When we made the decision to open our first small business there were so many things that needed to get done. There were mountains of decisions that needed (and still need) to be made. We quickly realized that there are two choices when it comes to making things happen:

 1) Pony up the cash and pay someone to do it all for us. (MUCHO DINERO!)

2)  Dust the cobwebs of our thirty something cerebral cortices and do it ourselves.

It's the classic time verses money dilemma. Unless one has access to unlimited financial resources, Option #1 starts to add up pretty quickly!  So we found ourselves on the fast track to learn everything from corporate structures and bookkeeping to website design and general contracting. At first the learning curve was steep, but we threw ourselves in head first and just DID IT! There was no other way, as there was no entourage or jolly leprechaun showering us with gold coins to make things happen. The power of the interwebs, the old fashioned public library, friends and bacon (OH YES BACON!) helped fuel our quest.

In the middle of this rapid upload of knowledge, it dawned on us that learning is about getting over that point where we feel stupid and helpless. The greatest hurdle to learning is purely emotional! How many times can we get to that point of frustration, realize it is only temporary and push through?! (Ahem... ANICCA!)

When we conquer that fear of feeling stupid, it becomes more natural to tear down or float over the next challenging wall that stares us down. Knowledge is power.  When you take it upon yourself to learn a new skill, the knowledge you gain is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.   That knowledge is money in your personal bank account that nobody can touch!

Cheers to a New Year where we shed our emotional boundaries, fire up our synapses and embrace the life that only happens at the edge of our comfort zones.