July 7, 2011
The below is a guest blog by one of our founders, Maddy, taken directly from THE ULTIMATE E blog:
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My dear friend Maddy Peri, owner and one of the founders of Love Grown Foods is one of the busiest women I know… even more so than I am and I exhaust myself sometimes. Anyways, here is this YOUNG entrepreneur who has done everything in her own power to get her business up and running (which yes, has included mixing and bagging her own product) and continues to this day, to travel the country, in an RV, “spreading the love.”
Call her crazy. Call her committed. Call her on a mission… whatever you call her, all I can say is that I call her REAL and that is the one thing that is separating her and her company from all the rest. She is REAL. She is sitting down with people, shaking their hands, getting to know them, listening to what they need, and then doing her part to deliver… it’s a beautiful thing.
Anyhoo, this was a blog post she shared with me the other day and I wanted to pass it on because I felt like it was a good, comprehensible concept that more of us young entrepreneurs should also implement in our own life…
I arrive at the Indianapolis Airport, pass through security, and arrive at my gate to plop into a chair, dropping my bags to the ground. I stop. For the first time in what feels like weeks I just stop. I am not frantically checking my phone for emails, I am not texting to get in touch, I am not returning phone calls. I take in my surroundings—I see people, families…rather than just objects to avoid on my way from point A to point B.
In entrepreneurship you hit a tipping point when your business venture suddenly takes on more value (and it is no longer just an idea) and suddenly everything revolves around it. We forget that other things are happening, we start forgetting birthdays, we miss personal appointments, and we become blinded to the life we used to live by being fully consumed in running a business. For me, to stop and absorb my surroundings is not only rare, but often any “free moment” I have I feel as though I am either emptying my bladder or craving television (a way to take my mind off the business even for just five minutes).
As I sit here and watch people pass me by, I feel my brain relax and actually hear my breath.
It occurs to me how important STOPPING is.
Not that we can afford to do it too long or too often, remember to occasionally drop everything and just be. Even just 5 minutes can rejuvenate us.