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Why the Why?

 

Everyone asks “Do you know your why?” Innately we know each, and every one of us knows why we get up in the morning, go to work, eat, sleep, care for kids, care for the dog (cats too), and clean. We do that all over again. Everyday.

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Do we know why we do the same thing day in and day out? It seems that our why pushes us to fulfill our daily routine. The why has been our complacency and the reason we are programmed to act in a nondisruptive chain of unending habits. Many people have succumbed to the reliable paycheck and have not challenged their status quo. Does your why push you enough to do more?

My father pushed himself to create more because his why were his belief that he needed to make a better life for my mom, my sister, my brother, my nieces and nephews, my kids and me. He built several homes and turned them into rentals. He did extra work and wired people’s home for extra pay. My father would help my mother with the vegetable gardens and sell at the farmer’s markets. He knew his why and he worked hard to answer that question every day.

Simon Sinek challenges businesses, business owners, and people to put the why first. In the Ted Talk Sinek uses Apple as an example of using their why as a success. So let’s start with why for your business.

I ask someone a simple question, “Why are you in the business?” Their answer is “I love the product.” I know that it’s a great product and the person agrees.  I follow up with another question, “Why do you sell the product?” The person answers, “I believe that it will help people.” My response to the person how does your why match to the company’s why. The person’s answer,”I have a family, and I want them to have everything I did not have.”  Then I ask,”So why this business?” “Why does this product relate to your why?” There is a long pause.

I have many businesses, and I can relate my why to all of them:

Consulting: In this world, my strong belief is that nonprofits and businesses, can achieve more.  Creating better organizations will benefit my community of families and friends.  Businesses and nonprofits are discovering that they can overcome any obstacles with a set of fresh eyes. I will walk alongside you and see where the gaps are, and together we can achieve more.

Speaking, Training, Coaching: With the challenges of today’s world of competing for time and money, staff and leaders will find the to change their mindset. Improving people’s way of thinking creates a better atmosphere in the workplace. Leaders witness a higher sense of responsibility from their staff and staff see that leaders have confidence in their ability to lead.

The next ones are easy:

Amare: In today’s world of stress and health issues, people will experience a holistic mental wellness platform that addresses their body and mind. My family and other people have sensed a change in their overall health. With Amare, I can show you how you can obtain long-term well being.

Chloe & Isabel: There are many jewelry companies.  Chloe & Isabel create exceptional quality pieces that come with a lifetime guarantee and a company that celebrates the connection between women. They’re responsible for upholding production and sourcing practices across areas such as human rights, health/safety, and fair wages. Have unique quality pieces, through fun and fashion-forward platform.starfish and seashells

KOKOON: Like jewelry, there are many clothing companies.  KOKOON has amazing designs and is ethically made in the United States with a mission to provide comfortably feminine style inspired by reality.  KOKOON reminds me of my mother and Laine’s entrepreneurship is inspiring. Find out how you feel comfortably beautiful.

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Speakers gotta speak

I’ve been a speaker since I was in sixth grade.  My mother enrolled me in Japanese  school at the Hanapepe Hongwangi Mission.  Now, I was a trouble maker and gave my poor sensei a very hard time.  The administrators and the teachers were all very patient with me.  An amazing thing happened while I was there learning how to read, write, and speak in Japanese; I became confident in becoming a public speaker.

Our sensei entered students into a Japanese speech competition held at the Mission. I memorized a speech about a camel. I practiced and practiced the speech over and over.  I practiced in front of a mirror, I practiced while I was walking to and from school, and I practiced while I did my chores. As a class we practiced at the podium on the stage. This is the first time I wanted to really be good at something.

I barely remember the event.  The night of the competition, the air was a little cool, the clouds were swirling in the sky and I felt that there was something magical to the evening.  I had no idea that there would be a lot of people at the event.  My mother had me dressed in a new muumuu she sewed just for the event.  I saw all the faces in the crowd and was not nervous. I felt this overwhelming joy.  I loved the thrill of going up those wooden steps and holding the mike.  With my crutches planted to keep me still, I began this magical journey of a camel in the desert and connected with the audience and the judges. After my speech, I floated off the stage and felt accomplished.  I think I won my category but that did not matter.

I have a minor in Speech and found the feedback and criticism during the classes to be beneficial to my growth as a speaker.  I have been confidently speaking for organizations regarding their goals and their missions for 25 years.

I joined The John Maxwell Team because I was attracted to leadership growth and improvement.  I found the laws to be simple but I can see that many businesses have difficulty implementing the philosophies.  There are many areas to speak and share the philosophies of leadership and communication.  The lunch and learns (seminars), the mastermind groups (workshops), and the coaching (one on one) are great tools for any organization to have for training.  If you are interested, in any of the opportunities, please contact me at bambooshoothi@gmail.com. I offer free lunch and learns. Speakers gotta speak.

Now, I have this opportunity in front of me.  I showed up for this dream of creating a message that will help other people.  It’s easy for me to be an inspirational or motivational speaker but I want to go deeper than that.  Enhancing a program or a leadership team to supersede their goals, gets me excited.  Improving communication, facing conflict, and bettering systems are those areas that is a passion for me and I hope that is a passion for coordinators, managers, directors, or presidents.

What do you think my message should be?

Next blog: My body and resilience

 

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Happy Bosses Day- first day of being my own boss

Today was my first day being an entrepreneur and creating my own business.  Started my day as a mom making breakfast for my son (I have not done this in 12 years) and finding medicine for my poor husband.  Then jumped in on checking on my emails, seeing if there were sales with the Chloe + Isabel site, and organizing my calendars (white board, monthly planner, and electronic).  Right now, I’m listening to a training on the John Maxwell Team site while writing this blog and organizing my home office. Yes, I am a serial multi-tasking madwoman.

I wanted to do something a little different today – making sure my son was fed before going to school and not wasting my life in 1 to 1 1/2 hours of traffic going to an office.  I also wanted to something similar to a work day – review, build, and plan. I have had this practice since I started working at 15 years old at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.  I forgot the wonderful woman’s name that mentored me in that office but I still make awesome office coffee and seal multiple envelopes at the same time.

If anyone is interested, I will start a Zoom virtual workshop on achieving your dreams. Please email me: bambooshoothi@gmail.com.

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