You Do You

Remember being in school and learning new and fascinating things? I loved learning and I still do.

I learned new things every year and changed what I wanted to be as my experiences and comprehension of the world grew. Sometimes I learned what I didn’t want to be.

When I was young, I wanted to be a grocer like my Dad.

I loved the show “Emergency” and wanted to be a paramedic.

After studying rocks, I wanted to be a geologist.

After listening to my pediatrician go over my records, I wanted to be a doctor.

After dealing with a sociopathic teacher, I wanted to be a police officer.

By middle school, I knew I wasn’t going to be an artist, actor or musician.

I loved writing and wanted to be a writer.

Every year I saw opportunities for other vocations. Before I finished high school I wanted to be a psychiatrist, a medical examiner, a detective, a corporate CEO, a builder, a mystery writer, a professional athlete. I could have done any of these things.

But I didn’t.

As much as I loved learning and was capable of doing anything I wanted, I was also listening to the voices around me (not in my head) that said I couldn’t.

I couldn’t be a doctor because I wasn’t college material.

I couldn’t be a professional athlete because I was a girl.

I couldn’t be a writer because writers had to solely focus on writing.

I couldn’t be a corporate CEO because I knew nothing about business.

The problem with listening to those voices–they were wrong.

  • I was college material, proven by two Associate degrees, a Bachelor’s degree, two Master’s degrees and a Doctorate, all before age 40.
  • I could have been a professional athlete because I was a good athlete. I loved soccer and played in college. I was a fast runner and strong swimmer. I won several weight lifting competitions. I loved being active. I competed against boys. It didn’t matter if I was a girl.
  • I could have been a writer because I was prolific and loved to write fiction, non-fiction, and tell stories. I completed four theses and a dissertation in six months. I have written four books with more to come. I’ve written countless articles, curriculum, manuals and learning materials.
  • I could have been a corporate CEO because I knew a lot about business. I worked in business from age 16. I started three businesses and had several business degrees. I also taught business at the high school and college levels.
  • I could have been anything I wanted had I listened to myself and not to other people.

It took a lot of years doing what other people expected before I was willing to say no to their voices. Now I do what I want to do.

This is the power entrepreneurship gives you.

  • Choose your own hours.
  • Choose what part of your business you work on and what needs to be delegated. Choose your calling.
  • Choose your audience.

What else gives you the ability to choose the path for your life? If you want something, then go for it. No one gets to say you can’t. Make a decision, make a plan. Get some help making the plan work. If you have the desire, nothing is impossible.

What do you want to do?

Drop me a line and let me know


  1. Paul Taubman on July 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Many times, it seems we underestimate our potential. It is great to see that you overcame that yb showing some of your amazing accomplishments!

    It is always a great feeling to overcome my own mental obstacles and achieve something that I thought I couldn’t.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Bing on July 3, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Hi. I love how this post was written. It gives power. It gives hope, most especially. I wanted to do what I wanted to do – writing. I hope I can be successful with my plans of having a business of my own.

  3. Edel on July 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Love, love, love this post! Thank you for writing it. We can do whatever we want to do. The burning passion in our hearts provides all we need to re-invent ourselves, even if we are forty years old.

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