Welcome to #TheDailyYes. The idea is simple- we are sharing some of the quotes, phrases, and pearls of wisdom that have helped us throughout the years.

A few simple words can completely change the way a person thinks about things. A person’s success, self-worth, and impact on the world can be completely attributed to the way he or she thinks about things.

Jason Mudd, Executive Officer

You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Rojo Solo

I am so grateful today. I am writing this post in the champagne room at Yes Working and birds are chirping and the sounds of life are all around me. I was in the champagne room, sitting on my favorite couch. Waters were abundant. I was set to knock out this post and make it by my hard deadline of 5:02 pm. Internally I was getting cocky- I was going to go for tomorrows, too!

But I do what I do, so here’s to new beginnings! I started this post at the office after I wrapped my last appointment of the day (BIG BIG uuuuUUGE NEWS). But then, as it usually does, life interjected and I was ushered off to put out another fire.

Yes- I am a firefighter.

I think that every entrepreneur is. It’s the thing they don’t tell you but you quickly learn. When you are person numero uno, last one on the list, and as your circle expands, you begin to notice that much of your daily activity is in some way related to someone else’s emergency.

Everyone thinks that they want to be the boss. Actually, everyone thinks they want to be what they think being the boss is. Because the societal boss is the one that sits in a corner office and has a secretary and someone to answer their phone and it just looks like being a boss is the most wonderful thing in the WORLD! Hell- I think now, 2019, it might be cooler to be an “entrepreneur” than to be a baller.

Again– here is another 180 degree flip from what reality is.

Being number one in any organization means being the one to call when shit hits the fan. It means late night calls when the alarm goes off. It means unclogging the toilet. Pretty much, it means clearing the way, assessing where the priority lies, and making sure that everyone else can get out safely.

Your team is your business. Your team is your familie. If they have fires that block their path, it’s important to make sure that we get them cleared so they can live their purpose. Because we get to be the firefighters.

We get to.

If you have the honor of being a business owner with a team, the emergencies that they perceive are real to them and it is our responsibility to make our team safe and secure so they can produce for us.

I say all that to come full circle to something a lot of my business-owner friends have an issue with: self care.

It is critically important for everyone to take care of themselves. We live in a world that is very connected and very complex, and people give of themselves well past the point of having anything left to give. And results suffer.

You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Take a few minutes and make sure your cup is full. You’re going to need it!

I also want to know what simple phrases, quotes, or other pearls of wisdom have positively impacted your life. I’m going to pick a guest contributor one day a week so that we can keep this lively from a perspective sense. Email me at hello@yeslouisville.com. I appreciate your thoughts!

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