By Hanan Awaad
How many motivational speakers did you come across in your journey for self-development? Hundreds … thousands ! From Socrates to those accidental motivational speakers that are interviewed every day for their life accomplishments not for how eloquent they are. There is a whole industry geared towards inspiring others.
Recently, I was invited to the 10th Anniversary of the Inspiring Women Event (http://inspiringwomenevent.com/) organized by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. An amazing group of 600 successful women gathered in the elegant Centre In the Square to listen to five inspiring Canadian business women. Why? Because those women understood their need to recharge their batteries and sharpen their saws from time to time. They know that to maintain the momentum; they need reminders. So do you, you need to incorporate such reminders in your life.
It is not easy to be wise … it is not easy to become wise. Failure, experiences, mistakes, sweat and tears are some elements of wisdom. However, to become a smart person you do not need to commit all the errors in the world; you do not need to experience all the tragedies in the world, and you do not need to go through all the struggles of the humanity. All you need is an open mind and an open heart.
Dini Petty, Canadian Broadcast Icon said: “Everyone of us is being watched, and you do not know who is making you his or her role model.” This short sentence shook my heart. I have never considered myself as a role model to anybody. I needed to listen to Dini to think of myself this way. I needed her message to awaken the exemplary leader in me. Dini Petty inspired me!
Although I consider myself an excellent planner who mastered the art of crafting plans and strategies, I deliberately omit the worst case scenario from my plans. I believe that if you start with the desired end in mind, you will get there. I also believe that when you consider all risks (calculated and uncalculated), you do not need to think a lot about your exit strategy. I believe in having plan A, plan B ….. to plan Z, but worst case scenario was never on my agenda. Listening to Tonia Jahshan, Founder and President of Steeped Tea made me realize that I need to incorporate worst case scenarios in my planning process again, and reconsider exit strategy as an integrated component of my plans as it is a transitional phase in my life and the life of my business.
Tracy Moore, Host of Citytv’s CityLine, gave me a new motto: “Life is busy because life is good.” I always say that I am an adrenaline junckie. I love the thrill I feel in my heart whenever I start a new project, I enjoy my curiosity when coming across a new piece of information, and I love to have something to do every single minute of my day. Now, thanks to Tracy, I know why I love my busy-ness, because ‘life is good.’
Bonnie Brooks, Vice Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company, gave me a new exercise to craft my personal vision and mission. Bonnie advised that to know your life mission, interview yourself in three years from now. Imagine that you will be interviewed in three years, what your biggest achievements will be, what your contributions will be, where will you be and what will you be doing. What a powerful exercise.
Back to the industry of inspiring. One of the definitions of the word Industry is “steady or habitual effort.”[i] So, to me, inspiring others is not for the professional motivational speakers or even for the accidental motivational speakers; inspiring others is for every and each who wants to have their mark in the world. As a mother, your job is to ignite the desire to succeed in your children’s hearts; as an employee, your job is to become a role model to everyone who interacts with you; as a student, your job is to learn not to get high scores but to make a difference. In every role you play in life, incorporate ‘inspiring others’ as your job, and I guarantee that you will experience an amazing, uplifting feeling.
Originally posted 2016-09-27 17:06:03.