What has been the most inspiring moment in your life?
In life or in business...What has been the pivotal moment that has made you change the path you've initially taken...be it a significant shift in lifestyle, career, habits, beliefs etc...share your story and as I'm sure with all of us there are more than one. Choose 1 most significant.
What have you learned from it? What has been the biggest lesson you'd like to pass on to young people or peers?
That's a very thought provoking question? I'd have to say the moment I realized I was giving up one dream for an even bigger dream this year. You see for the past 30 some years I have been heavily involved in dance and theater I own and operate 2 amazing studios. But I always had this burning hungry that I wanted to do something bigger with my life. I wanted to impact more people. I wanted to travel, train, and speak to people about their goals and desires to succeed. Which led to to creating my own talk show. The Lyons Den. I gave up one dream to pursue an even bigger dream. It's has been an amazing decision every since. Everyday I spring out of bed with new ideas and ways to impact people.
The most inspiring moment in my life was when I was given an opportunity to do a very high-impact consulting project about 20 years ago, early in my career. It was something I very much wanted to do, and the client had the faith and confidence in me to give it to me to do, although I'd not done a similar project previously at that point in my career. The work, the confidence the manager had in my ability to do it -- were in themselves so highly inspirational -- I still remember and feel it when I think about it today. It was one of the most valuable and important accomplishments ever. It's amazing to remember it. Thanks for asking.
this is actually great question and in my case the answer is partially personal partially career type. I used to have it all and my life both personally and my career was on fast moving and growing pace. At least this is what I thought. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer which then appeared to be tumor (uff) but due to the issues I started to have also in my personal life - this whole moment made me re-think my whole life. I started to question if this is the type of life I want to have going forward, if this is what I want to do and finally are people around me real friends. So no simple yes/no answer to each of the question. But with no doubt there was a need for me to start questioning these areas in my life. I got out of the sickness very lucky, recovered, finished my relationship and I was reduced at my work because of the credit crunch on UK's market. So I ended up with blank page starting from the scratch. As the saying goes what won't kill you will make you stronger - so that was the case with me. After all I felt I started to gain and build more strength and confidence in myself. I decided that I will not go back working full time but instead will try to grow my own career and build independent life. I decided that I will put myself out there to see if my skills and experience built so far will be valued by others. And I decided to follow my dreams. For me something which I always wanted to have and felt deep inside that I need it - was freedom, independence and liberty. That was the right point to start aiming for these. Another value in life are people - your real friends and the only thing they want for you is good for you and won't harm you. So I have revised all of my relationships and got rid of some which were not true and I knew it (long story :)). It has been more 5 years since then and now I am working at my own pace with clients I love to work with, I am in great relationship with person who appreciate me who I am and value me from a- z and is very supportive. And finally I do what I love therefore I do not struggle. I have natural interest in my job because this is my hobby, I can work late and long because I am not bored with my work (I always learn something new). I have very open mind set to learn, experience and enjoy life ! All the best for you !
The most inspiring moment of my life when my second child, my daughter was born. When I took her in my arms for the first time, she was so tender and delicate, I realized the gender sensitivity at that moment and the need of the protection of girl child from the vulnerable environment. I learned the relevance of the girl child in the family that makes the environment blossom.
For me it was when I was about 13 years old. My dad was sales manager for a manufacturer of garden tractors and riding lawn mowers. One of the several times I went with him I remember standing in the production area watching the tractors move slowly down the line and watching all the parts become a finished tractor and thinking how cool it was and that someday I would like to have a manufacturing business.
At 19 my dad and I started a marketing business. One of our first products was the tractors for the company my dad used to work for. Unfortunately he died about 7 years later just when the business started doing really well. I continued that business for a couple of decades but always remembered that time standing in the factory at 13 and always wanting to get into manufacturing but never really having the idea of what to manufacture that really seemed right.
Like any business there were ups and downs and during one of the biggest downs I did get an idea from a customer about what to build. There was a recession going on and the two companies that I sold for who generated 85% of my business had failed (one had been in business since 1846). I had just gone through a divorce which left her with the assets and me with the payments for the assets (called a 50-50 split) so I didn't have much money but did have an idea.
I bought a band saw for $ 169.00, a drill press for about the same and a small mig welder for $ 350.00 and had one part made and was in the manufacturing business. I was working out of a 2 car garage. I took a short course at our local community college learning to weld. The product was original and sold ok but it was hard to make a buck so I came with a second product and it was very revolutionary but again hard to make a buck. I had moved to a rented 3200 sq. ft facility, I had made my own brake press for bending metal with about $ 400.00 invested and bought a 6' shear for cutting metal from someone going out of business.
At that point I had both the manufacturing business and still had the marketing business. One of the companies I sold for in the marketing business had a really cool product but due to internal problems (fighting among the owners) went out of business. About 4 months later I decided to build a product like theirs had been but with a better design. I had no money and could build one at a time. If one customer had not paid me I would have gone out of business. It was that bad if not worse. But they did pay.
When we sold a unit I would spend a day running around buying parts. I could only afford parts for one at a time even for parts that sold for a buck. I was working sometimes 72 hours without sleep and pinching every penny I could. There was no money. One of my funny memories to look back up was one time I was in my kitchen trying to find something to eat and saw a box of Bisquick. I thought biscuits would be nice but when I saw the mix there were dozens of little maggots in it. I picked them out and cooked the biscuits thinking the heat would kill anything left.
My next inspiring moment came about two years after we started with the last product. It was February, the season was about to start and I looked at our inventory and saw we had enough to build $ 100,000 worth of machines and it was the first time I felt confident we would make it.
The business took off. We moved from the 3200 sq. ft. rented facility to a 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Three years later we built our own factory, paying cash and never having a mortgage. Sales were growing by 100% or more a year and we were doing great.
So now we have more than turned the corner. We do about 3 million a year in sales, have no debt, lots of cash and lots of inventory. It is probably a miracle that we made it through those tough early days but it does allow me to appreciate what I had to go through to get the business where it is. I still often think of the day in the factory when I watched tractors come down the line and the day I looked at our inventory and felt we would survive.
Still waiting my luck always play with me ,i work hard get near to success but last moment my luck kick me and i move again to 0 point
President John F Kennedy once said in a speech:
For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears.
We subject all facts to a set of prefabricated set of interpretations.
We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Do what is in your heart, trust in your gut instinct when everyone else says your wrong.
In fact, my most inspiring moment was finding myself - and it took a break-up to do so. That moment when the break-up was not so sore anymore, and when I could think back over what has transpired over the time me and E were together. I could see the relationship for what it was. I could see that we would never have worked out. We just had way too many fundamental differences. Only once I could look back at the relationship without hurting anymore, did I see the good that came out of it.
I am not sure if this was her intention, but E taught me to be self-sufficient in a way that I never thought possible. E guided me to be more mature than I ever was. E gave me confidence I didn't know I had. The moment I realized that, was the most inspiring moment in my life.
Today I am married, have a beautiful baby boy, run my own business with my own office hours, and can go on holiday whenever I want to (albeit more short breaks than long holidays) and I can get up whenever I want to and give my little boy a kiss and hug my wife.
Although it is uncertain whether this would not have happened anyways, I still remember the exact moment where the break-up went from painful to acceptance, and I snapped into the life attitude I have now. Thank you, E!
Back in 1999 I had just moved my young family across the world with the belief of finding a job and starting our life back in Canada. I had always wanted to have my own business tho, it was always inside me seeking its way out. I wanted to determine my own worth, rather than someone telling me what I am worth (so I thought). So instead of applying for a job I responded to an ad to have my own coaching business. I came home and told the wife "I got a job, but its gonna cost me $45K to start!" Needless to say you dont need to know her response at that time! So to my most inspiring moment...4 months into my new business, I hadnt made a sale, nothing nada, zip. We had sold our home to use the money to get into the business and cover our expenses until I got the business up and running. We were living in a 2 bedroom basement apartment under a tanning salon, My home office was an old store room that had the whole buildings water pipes running through it. I can quite easily tell you what times of the day everyone used their toilets...but thats another story. It was late October, no money coming in, rent due, electricity bills etc. needed to be paid. I was ready to give up. It must've been well past midnight and the wife was asleep. So I crawled out of bed and into the room where both my kids slept. I went in and just sat on the floor and looked at them. I started to cry, like I hadnt cried before. I felt beaten, defeated and questioned how I could've put myself and my family into this situation. WHAT HAD I DONE!!!??? I composed myself a little and looked again at both of them and realised they were both sleeping with tiny smiles on their faces, so calm and at peace and just happy. That was my most inspiring moment. Right then I realised that they didnt care what I did or where we lived so long as we were together. I changed my perspective and challenged myself to understand "What would I teach them from quitting, giving up on my goals because it got too hard?" Needless to say 2 weeks later I landed my first client. 12 months later I was sales leader of the year. Since then I have been up high and been back down low...but I have never quit on my dreams. My two children saved me that night, one day I will help them to understand how much. Today they are very entrepreneurial thinkers with their own clear goals and dreams...