The quote that inspired me this morning is: Do something today that your future self will thank you for. As an entrepreneur it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks necessary to run a successful business. Please take a moment and think about the big picture. Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years? How do you want to be remembered?
I don’t want to be remembered as a busy, stressed-out female founder. I want to make a lasting positive difference in the world. To accomplish that goal (which I believe I will thank myself for later) I am creating an audiobook version of Elegant Entrepreneur so I can donate it to aspiring women entrepreneurs around the world.
I visualize that audio file as a stone being thrown into a lake. It’s a small thing, but the tiny ripples it makes expand ever outward. If even one woman who has an idea listens to my book and decides to start a company, I have succeeded in my goal. If that woman hires one employee (most likely another woman) the ripple enlarges. If those women’s daughters see the benefits of the business their moms are involved with another generation of entrepreneurs will follow, and the ripple widens further. In my perfect world that same scenario would happen with thousands upon thousands of women and the world would be a better place because one small audio file was made available for free.
Rachel Platten sings my theme song for this ripple effect: Fight Song. If you haven’t heard it, you should listen to it. The lyrics at the beginning are particularly fitting:
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
I may be a “small boat,” but I intend to send big waves into motion beginning with a ripple. If you have a way to make a ripple effect don’t be afraid that it is too small. Do it, so you can thank yourself for it later.