The Small Business Movement (Week 8-9)

“I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go.” I’m a bit disappointed, because I thought I’d be able to move things forward much faster. However, paying bills is a very real thing. I started looking for work about a week ago. If all works out as it seems, I should be back in the force by Wednesday of this week. Not excited, but somewhat relieved that I was able to find opportunities so quickly.

This doesn’t change my mission. It’ll just take about 45-50 hours of my week. Fortunately, I still have about 230 remaining. I’ll need to use them well. These hours will cause me to have to change my success formula a bit. I’ve done it before, I’m sure I can do it again.

The interview that I had seemed to go extremely well; however, I was still a bit on the fence about it. Why wife asked, why don’t you try doing business consulting?” You’re good at it and you’ve done the work for free for many. Now, you’d just add a price tag to it. 

I liked the idea because it would allow me to remain in the space for helping entrepreneurs, which I feel to be my life’s purpose. I told her that I would wait to hear back from the job and if I didn’t, I would go all in. It felt weird being in a state of not knowing which path to take. There were many sleepless nights and a few where I woke up sweating. One night was so bad that I had to change my shirt. It was drenched. I knew this was a bad sign and that I needed to make some adjustments quickly.

I had to get back to my meditation practice. I emphasize the word practice, because that’s what it is to me. I have restless brain syndrome, so meditation is difficult for me, but when I master my mind enough to do it, I feel so much better. I’m much clearer about the task at hand.  

Monday came and went, which was the day that I should’ve heard back about the job. I didn’t hear back from them, so there I was jumping back in with both feet. I’m now more motivated than ever. I’m raising my vibrations and actions to new levels. After all, when your wife believes in you, you don’t want to let her down. 

Stepping up the game partially means, we’re not doing one, but two Professional’s Night Out events in October. We’re also bringing back the Synergy project meetings. Professional’s Night Out is a standard networking event where we provide food and drinks in a welcoming setting for entrepreneurs to meet. The Synergy Project is a bit different.

The Synergy Project is a 2 hour investment, once per month. We start with 25 minutes of open networking, then break into smaller groups for a deeper dive. The smaller groups are made up of about 10 people. The purpose is to allow ample time for you to learn about each other’s business by asking questions and/or offering feedback if requested. We use this format because it works.

I’m excited, but also feel a bit crazy. That’s quite a few in-person events in a post covid world where some are still afraid to come out and play. A bit crazy, yet it’s necessary. Social media, although a good resource, is no substitute for building solid relationships. 

I’m also excited to be moving in a definite direction. When you’re in a position of uncertainty, it’s difficult to push forward. If I push for more events, but don’t have the time to work them, it could turn out badly. If I take a job and put the business on the back burner, that could also turn out badly. 

At this point, I feel that it’s necessary to give a shout out to my wife. Honestly, if it wasn’t for her support, this movement could be dead in the water. She’s carrying a lot of the financial weight while I try to get Galt growing at a greater race. I appreciate all of her support and do not take it lightly. I digress, but it needed to be said. 

I was fortunate to find someone willing to sponsor our October events. Not a cash cow by any means, but it takes a lot of the burden of paying for events off my shoulders. Most events for us are typically a loss leader designed to build brand awareness. However, if we can avoid taking a loss, I’m all about that. 

This week we’re having our first event in Boulder, Colorado. I’m looking forward to seeing what type of turnout we can create. I’ll let you know how it goes in the next chapter. Stay tuned!

p.s. The app is available on Android and iOS. If you want to add your business to the app, you can easily do so by visiting JoinGalt.com. Otherwise, we hope you’ll use the app to support other small businesses.