Velma is a character from Scooby Doo, and she used to say, “jinkies” whenever she was surprised or had an epiphany. I love that expression– it’s got a great sound and it’s so innocent and sweet sounding.
I had an epiphany yesterday that relates to my aspirations and goals. I’ve been thinking all along that I really want a team of people to work with. That comes from thinking of when I was happiest in my work, feeling most productive, feeling most useful, feeling most passionate about what I was doing. And that’s been when I am working on something bigger than myself with others. But one of the challenges with that is finding the team.
So I was having lunch with a friend and she was saying how she has taken on things herself– starting two small businesses– and that’s been the key. She pushed her own ideas and vision and then has gathered people strategically around herself after getting those endeavors started. But she is the main person. She actually advised against working with partners or teams because then things get diluted and priorities are not always in sync among those involved. For example, although you and another person might be on the same page when you start something, personal circumstances can change which then changes the page that people are on. A person might get married, have kids, want to move, have a financial challenge, etc. And so you and that person are no longer on the same page because of these external circumstances.
I’ve been feeling some pressure to find that “group” or team or even partner to pursue something with, but maybe that comes secondary to my idea, my passion, my vision. Maybe, maybe not. But at least it was food for thought.
It was another realization that it’s never all or nothing. It’s about having vision and hopes and then being open to what might lead me closer to those. Having a clear cut path never is the answer because we can’t predict what the future holds. I just hope to remain open.
Another random thought about Velma– I kind of look like her/ she kind of looks like me– just a white version of me!