Welcome to day 30 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

victory_r1_c1I made it – the last entry in a 30-day experiment to blog “almost” daily. If you’ve been watching or check the post dates of the 29 entries below, you’ll see that I did a pretty good job – posting almost daily over a period of about 45. Then, like a marathon runner who falls 10 feet short of the finish line, I stopped cold. While I intended to find something interesting to share, nothing came… except chirping crickets. My team’s been waiting for this “final post” with great anticipation. (No pressure, right?) Still… nada!

So what’s the lesson here – for me and for you? I think it’s this… the art of growing a business is a bit of a quest… always reaching for that next step that will move you toward the elusive vision of getting it right. It’s a quest that never really ends because as we get closer to the vision we set out to achieve, we find something else that calls us and add an element that puts the vision just out of reach again. So we keep on moving.

But the journey isn’t easy. It’s sprinkled with highs and lows. The highs feel good, like the sun on your face. You close a big sale, nail a presentation, delight a client or feel what it’s like to change a life. It’s sweet and you want more. During the highs you are in your zone of genius, making a difference, turning a profit and having fun.

Then, there are the lows. These pretty much suck. You miss a goal by a landslide, fall short of a client’s expectation, freeze up on the day you are supposed to shoot video or have to let go of a team member you love. During these times we can lose all hope, question our decisions and take notice of the “help wanted” sign in the local Starbucks. But, because you’re in this for the long haul… you shake it off and remember why you said yes to starting your business in the first place – to turn your gifts and passion into your livelihood so you can design a life you love.

This path of entrepreneurship is not for everyone and certainly not for the faint of heart.  It’s not a quick fix or an easy ride. But it is for those who have the courage to choose significance over security, and meaning over the mundane. And while, more often than we’d like, the money piece falls short of what we had hoped… in the end we don’t measure our success only by the number of zeros in our bank account. We measure our success by our inner compass that tells us we are living the life we were meant to live. It’s that inner knowing that inspires us to pick up the phone, write the email, extend the invitation (one more time) so we have the privilege of doing the work we love.  That’s pretty cool!