You have shared how you’re able to change people through time and how you’re able to influence the mindset through conversation. And that is just really a gem right there. And you also mentioned that a lot of people, the construction industry, especially being a competitive industry is struggling through this pandemic that we have right now and it is getting more competitive. I do agree with you on that one. Now to wrap things up, if you can give one big advice to struggling entrepreneurs, which, you know, this podcast has a lot of struggling entrepreneurs listening in, or people who are professionals that are also struggling in their career might have gotten laid off, even. What would your one big advice be to these people?
To give one piece of advice relevant to all is to remain future-focused. I live in the future. I am grounded in the present, but I am in the future. And the future has always been yours to create the future has always been uncertain. You’re aiming for it, but it’s always been uncertain. So
you have to be able to be comfortable with uncertainty. It’s always having this strong belief that the future that you always desired is still attainable. No one’s taken that away from you right now. What we are experiencing right now, it may be one of the greatest challenges that people have in their careers. We have yet to really see that we really haven’t lived out the full economic impact of all these shutdowns and covid and everything. Time will tell.
So, have focus on the future and then look at, okay, what do I actually need to do today to get there because a dream without a plan is just weird. It’s like people do not take enough immediate and massive action in the present to get the future that they want.
Two pieces of advice is to remain future-focused and take immediate massive action in the present to actually make that happen.
So this is the struggle of a lot of people. Not a lot of people are visionaries or future-focused like yourself, and maybe some of them are wondering, Hey, Elinor, you mentioned future-focused, but things are just so hazy right now and blurry. I couldn’t see past it. How do you do it? How do you lift that haze and finally be able to see, Oh, this is what the future could look like with a good percent of certainty.
So how do you propose for them to be able to achieve that?
I’m a visionary and there are only very few people in the world who are actual visionaries and the world needs visionaries and thought leaders to save the world from itself.
But that has taken time. That clarity of knowing what it looks like for me that came by journaling and that took time.
So what I would recommend is a gratitude practice. So focus on everything that you do have.
Because a daily gratitude practice is so powerful. And you do that for 30 days, even 10 days, your whole outlook changes. You’re able to get through that uncertainty and looking at what you don’t have and living in that fear. It grounds you because you really do have a lot. I mean, we are alive and we are breathing. We are humans. We can create anything that we want. That is something to be grateful for at a minimum. I mean, we get to have a human experience. We’re not having a dog experience, it’s the human experience.
And what I would also recommend is this is how I started my journey, was to go full immersion into the books, the podcasts of the type of people who inspired me.
During times like this, you focus on what you can control. You feed your brain with positive content – the books, the podcasts, the conversations, the right content on social media. You ground yourself with the gratitude practice and your mental resilience, your mental muscles are going to get stronger.