A Pink Globe
Dangling from my neck was a crystal blue globe given to me from my sister when I launched my first company in 1995. The necklace was to symbolize how my company could grow one day into a global enterprise. It was a sweet and positive message.
I had forgotten about the globe necklace until last night as I prepared for the One World Concert “Common Ground” at the Carrier Dome featuring the Dalai Lama. I dug through my jewelry box to find it gently lying at the bottom. As I put it around my neck, I remembered the hopes I had as a young entrepreneur wanting to create a company that could reach across the oceans one day.
As I listened to the wisdom of this great spiritual leader, I heard one statement that spoke to my entrepreneurial soul. The Dalai Lama said, “Community is the key to success.” He was talking about our personal communities made up of friends and family, our local communities and of course our world community. When I heard the word community, I thought of the community of women entrepreneurs I know, belong to and foster. I believe if more women create stronger local, regional, state, national and international communities with other women entrepreneurs, the more successful we will all become. We will become richer in every sense of the word.
Two seats away from me at last night’s concert sat a bubbly woman who introduced herself. Five minutes into our conversation she told me she owned a business in Rochester. I told her how I have come to love Rochester women after bringing quarterly events there for 2 years. Within minutes we were bonded because we started a conversation and discovered we shared “common ground.” Only by engaging in new conversations with people we do not know or do not understand, opens up our world.
Today’s post is to encourage you to have more conversations with women in different regions, in other parts of this nation and with our sisters across the globe. We stand on common ground and a united spirit more than you can imagine. It’s up to us to open up and invite women from everywhere into our lives. By embracing a larger, global community, we will find more success.
Someday I hope to buy all the women entrepreneurs I know a beautiful pink globe to wear around their necks to symbolize the united global spirit and financial success of women entrepreneurs everywhere. Until that day, join me in creating more success by embracing all the women entrepreneurs you meet no matter where you are.