Taking a break from Netflix this past weekend, I came across a documentary on PBS that highlighted various women who were successful in their own ways. One person made an exceptional impact on me from that film. Her name is Sara Blakely.
Blakely is the creator of Spanx, a brand of leggings and undergarments. Although her story about creating a trademark clothing by “accident” is interesting and I admire her journey as a successful and wealthy entrepreneur – those are not the things that grabbed my attention. It was one sentence she uttered that stopped me in my tracks. Paraphrasing, she said something like, “Sometimes you have to keep moving forward with perseverance and determination while at the same time, not having all the answers.”
I thought that statement was brilliant. If anything, it was what I needed to hear at that moment.
You see - there is a small group of individuals of which I am a part who are working to establish a non-profit in the area that would help assist those facing hardships in one particular and much needed way. We are reaching out to other groups to pitch our idea with hopes of gaining support – and to be a part of this non-profit.
This is a huge undertaking and I often feel intimidated by the process. In fact, I have my moments when panic sets in and I want to put on the brakes, jump out of the car and run away as fast as I can.
That experience happened last Sunday as one of my cohorts and I presented our idea to another group. We did the best to provide answers to the many thoughtful questions we received.
Unfortunately, there were a lot more questions than we had answers. After about a half hour of doing our best to provide the most intelligent responses we could muster, one gentleman in the crowd said, “I say we bring this idea to our whole group for consideration. We obviously are not going to know all the answers but it’s like broccoli. You try it and see if you like it.”
Another brilliant statement spoken by another brilliant person. His justification relieved a bit of the terror I was feeling at the moment. In fact, he made me laugh. “Can I steal that analogy,” I asked him. (Fair warning. I’m serious if I ask you that question. Be careful what you say around me – I’m a writer who is required to pen an Insight/Editorial every week, and that too, can be challenging. So, I have to steal my ideas from whomever and wherever I can.)
With all joking aside, the endeavor we are trying to pull off is no easy feat. But, for whatever reason, I believe in it. As a result, I continue to move forward in this effort, despite my pounding heart. You could say I, along with the others who are considering this big venture, are hanging on the coattails of perseverance and determination even though we don’t have all the answers.
I for one, love broccoli.