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Entrepreneurial Inspiration: Business Intersections and Bridges

March 16, 2015

Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small business owners

crossroads

As I sat across from my sophomore year college son listening to him describe a crossroad he has arrived at in school, I empathized with him. As a sophomore in college, I struggled when I knew I needed to change majors which meant time, money and an end to one career dream.

I explained to him that throughout life we come upon crossroads or intersections wondering which way to go. The options are to continue straight ahead on the path we started on or to turn right or left at the intersection towards another direction. The one place we really can’t go is backward. We arrive at the crossroad with knowledge to move forward.

Later that day, as I crossed over 4 bridges deep in the woods on my last cross country ski of the winter, I traversed over streams of water ready to burst out of their frozen state. I realized I could not get from one side of the stream to the other if it wasn’t for the bridge.

winterbridgeIn business as in life, we are faced with intersections and bridges throughout our expeditions. The road is not always flat and straight. It curves, dips, raises and veers. It is up to us to travel it making adjustments along the way. A wise woman once said to me, “You start a business anticipating the road will stay straight but along the way, the road naturally curves and it is up to us to figure out if we want to follow the curve or keeping going straight.”

Today’s blog post is to remind you that nothing about business or life is consistent, familiar or without struggle. It is the opposite. To manage the tough roads ahead, to make the right decision at the intersections, and to cross the bridges successfully from one side to the other, takes keen awareness of where you have been, where you stand now and where you hope to go in the future.

If you need to change direction in your business today, do so with thought, understanding and anticipation that a better horizon awaits you ahead. You can’t go back – only forward towards a different but bright future.

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