2014 in Review
2014 was a turning point for me. More happened to me this year than the past 20 years combined in terms of personal growth, income potential, and the scope of my network of contacts. As I look back on the year, some major themes emerged. Within those themes are people, organizations, and mental takeaways that shaped this last year and are going to shape my life well into the future.
This post will be long as I intend it to be a wrap up of a lot of swirling thoughts. Kind of a bookend for this phase and a launch pad for the next phase is how I'm viewing it. Please accept my sincere thanks for landing on this webpage and choosing to journey with me briefly.
I've always loved budgeting and moving resources around to create the best possible outcome. This year I had the opportunity to work as a business development representative for Christian Community Credit Union. When that job came along, no other job had better fit my wheelhouse. This job furthered my understanding of how some people get paid to network. I was able to narrow down what aspects of a job I enjoyed doing day to day. One of these things I enjoyed was setting up meetings and talking to different pastors about how Icould help their church become healthier and do ministry more effectively. I am still great friends with several of the people connected with CCCU and love the mission of the organization.
My transition from spectator and admirer of the political process to that of a participant was interesting on a variety of levels. From October 2013 to November 2014 I worked on the Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor campaign. Robert is a strong Christian businessman and has since turned into an amazing friend and mentor. Being on his campaign opened my eyes to the layers of influence within society and the complex path it takes to navigate those layers and become elected. It's not simply enough to want to make a positive difference. In order to succeed in politics you must be able to "play the game" to become elected first. It takes an extreme amount of talent to play this game while staying principled. This next campaign cycle I'm looking to manage and consult on the digital side of campaigning for a variety of candidates.
People since early in my life have always commented that they could see me working in politics. Never have I ever had someone walk up to me and say, "You should really think about getting into entertainment." That changed in 2014 when my executive coach, Lucas Miles, brought me on board as an Associate Producer to his feature film, Rodeo Girl. I was able to employ my skills of networking and fundraising from the credit union and my skills of project management from the political campaigning. Being on set in Grand Rapids, MI was an awesome experience and opened my eyes to a new segment of opportunities.
Common across banking, politics, and entertainment is this concept of influence. Countless conversations with everyone I came in contact with circled around this notion. As I said before, it's not simply enough to have a big idea or a desire to change the world. Your character must be influential and charismatic enough to bring others together to achieve the goal.
The best athletes in every sport have coaches. I realized this year that politicians and business owners are the same way. The top performers have mentors, to push them to always be getting better. In 2014, I invested in myself, and took the financial risk of paying for top-level coaching. I have begun to realize the dividends of that investment and believe there are more to come. I also enjoy talking to others and telling them about what I'm learning and sharing with them ideas that I'm implementing throughout business and life.
Seems fitting to end with grace as the final theme. For me it's the number one motivation. My belief in Jesus' teaching as the best way to live drives everything I do. And it's so motivating for me to wake up everyday and know that he routinely chooses to work in people that we may not deem as qualified or influential enough for certain projects. There is no way my 2014 would have been what it turned into if not for his redeeming work in my life.
It's freeing for me now to know that I can take on any project, no matter how big, and use my skill set to push it forward and bring value to others in their pursuit of making a difference.
Read about 2016 HERE
Read about 2015 HERE