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Minnesota Features

January 12, 2016

Megan Erickson Kellin|Lake Time Magazine

"You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path." -- Steve Jobs

Enterprenship is crazy, difficult and chock-full of risk, and we do it with the hope of a payoff that's likely years away. In the meantime, we scrape along with zero certainty, pouring our heart and soul into the belief...We Will Make a Difference. The entrepreneurial spirit isn't just about money.  It's about building wealth through resources that only great relationships can bring.  It's about connecting the dots:  those connection points of core values, intelligence, wisdom, desire and ability that are innate to people.  It's about having the intuition not only to know that they exist but also to know what to do with them to continuously cultivate innovation and initiative.

History is a powerful teacher and one that comes with plenty of lessons. Only with time, and everything that word entails, can we discover our purpose.

We all encounter transitions in our lives when we must struggle to make sense of the dots of our past. We make decisions to either wallow in their disarray, sweep them into the dustbin and start over, or carefully arrange them into some semblance of order. When the greater purpose is not obvious - it's time to sit down and do the work. The work of crafting our story. Stop looking to the future for answers and instead be present. Peel away the layers to find the dots. They are there, for each of us. 

In simple terms:  Trust Yourself! Trust yourself to think big, make a difference and have an impact in everything you do every day for the betterment of a healthier whole.  Surround yourself with greatness -- in relationships, opportunities and challenges. Dive into things that inspire you and let them propel you forward in times of growth. Be true to yourself and your passions and the rest will fall into place.

Happy New Year!