During the last campaign cycle there was a speech by our president that got a lot of attention and publicity. “…if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. …….If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help……The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” I understand that this statement bothered a lot of entrepreneurs, who felt it was a bit of a slap in the face. I guess I can understand that. We all like to think we are independent.
But that isn’t the lens I choose to look at the world through. I couldn’t do what I do without my team. I couldn’t lead the way I lead without Eric. t wouldn’t be who I am without my family.
Recently, my son wanted a “Darth Vader” cake. We were walking through Michaels, which is a proverbial “black hole” for me. I can go in there for hours and come out with nothing I set out to buy. I am not particularly “crafty”, but I like the “idea of being crafty”, if you know what I mean. 🙂 Anyway, my son saw a Darth Vader pan and fell instantly, madly in love. He is a huge Star Wars fan and this was the cake of his destiny. He proceeded to beg me to make him a Darth Vader cake for his 8th birthday. You remember how I said I am not crafty?! I told him no, but he and his sisters prevailed and I bought all of the stuff to make this dark side cake.
I instantly regretted it. The cache of newly purchased star wars cake supplies sat in my pantry mocking me. What was I thinking?! I can’t draw a straight line, much less make a cake out of black frosting gooeyness. Finally, I had the perfect solution! My mom! Yes, somehow the crafty gene skipped me, but belongs to my mom and she is excellent at this cake decorating stuff. I asked for her help and the pictures here really demonstrate that she’s got some skills!
What is my point? Sometimes we all need a little help. We have a dream. We have an idea for greatness, but we just don’t have all the skills necessary to pull it off. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok if we do things together. That is the greatness of a community. It is where we can help each other, and when the cake looks amazing, we can all take credit for the success.
So dare to dream and dare to ask for help to see those dreams become a reality…just don’t go into Michael’s unless you have time and money to spend! 🙂