“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade

Yesterday I saw the movie “The Help” and it hit me in a deep place; it moved me. The Help is a story revealing the experiences of how the hired help was treated in the south during the time of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s amazing to think that less than 60 years ago there was still segregation.

A favorite line from the movie is “Courage isn’t just about being brave, it’s about overcoming fear and daring to do what is right for your fellow man.”

One thing I know for sure is it takes a whole lot of courage to build a business. People you thought would support you won’t. People you didn’t know you could rely on will surprise you.

Most of all, you will surprise you. In the moments it’s the toughest, you are the only one who can pick yourself up and choose into a new possibility of success. And you are your own worst enemy. Your inner voices of self doubt, even if just for a second, are louder than the biggest naysayers in your life.

Chances are, you started a business not because you were bored or had nothing else to do. You started your business because you have a mission – a message to make a difference for the world. There is something inside of you that KNOWS you can make a change.

And the change starts with a whisper.

Tips to building your business this fall:

  1. Listen to the whisper – what do YOU want?
  2. Get support. Period. Get a coach. Get a mastermind. Or get both (my preference).
  3. Get a plan that matches your vision.
  4. Take action.

(And stop making it so hard.)

You have what it takes so stop making excuses about how there isn’t enough time, money or clients. Time is the great equalizer. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Everyone has responsibilities of a home, family, health, maybe another job and LIFE.

Follow the whisper in your heart. The world needs YOU to make the change.

Another impacting moment I loved in the movie was when Abileen, the main maid in the show, looked at the little girl in the family she was working for.

She held the little girls face in her hands, looked right in her eyes and with her Southern accent she said “Always remember this sweet girl, you is smart. You is beautiful. And you is important.”
Who do you want to make a difference for? At some level your business makes it possible for someone to realize that they are smart, beautiful or important or all three. It doesn’t matter if you are a dog food manufacturer, a healer or a mortician. EVERY business creates this possibility for someone. And THAT is how we are changing the world my friends.

You have what it takes. Go change the world.