Ethics and Life’s Guardrails

The bulk of this week, my entrepreneurship class seemed to focus on our personal ethical beliefs. For me, this has always felt like a pretty straightforward concept since, as a church member, I have been taught ethics since primary. Looking on this and making my personal guardrails these past two weeks has been very eye opening. It has showed me how much living church standards blesses our lives in all aspects of our lives. For every spiritual commandment, there is a physical side to it just as every physical commandment has a spiritual side. When we live all of the teachings of Christ and His church, we will be blessed in every aspect of our lives.

On top of this, we looked at our first case study this week. At first, this was an incredibly stressful assignment. It was long and I didn’t think that I knew the first thing about business. As an English major taking this as an elective, I looked at the assignment and panicked. Going through it slowly though, I saw that you don’t really need to know much about the business aspect to be able to help. There were parts there that I connected with and was able to reflect upon to make a decision. While it was incredibly time consuming, I feel that it was beneficial to learn to take a step back and analyze a situation before jumping in and making an impulsive decision.

I can definitely see the benefits of both lessons in my own career path and feel that this class is strengthening me in many different ways.

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Creating Meaning and Finding Purpose

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I think of my life calling, I personally get incredibly frustrated. I have always been the type of person that wants to experience a broad range of things, so whenever people ask me what I want to do with my life, I get rather flustered. In my mind, it wouldn’t be too big of a problem to just take things as they come.

In an article for class, “Stars and Steppingstones” by Jeff Sandefer, a quote jumped out at me. He says, “Refusing to set priorities is similar to refusing to set a vision. Choosing an end is not about limits, it is about setting priorities that allow you to accomplish as much as possible.” These two sentences have shaken up the way that I look towards the future. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to go with the flow in a general sense. I think that where people get stuck is not setting those priorities. Of all of our goals, which are the most important? What do we not want to die without achieving? When we figure that out, we are then able to lead a more purposeful life. One that is working in a general direction while being open along the way.

While I can’t say that I will ever be good at making baskets or statues, I do know that I am good at writing. Certainly not the best, but it is a gift that I enjoy improving upon. As of right now, my next big goal is to get into grad school. With a Master’s degree I will be able to teach online course while working free lance writing jobs at home. With these two jobs working together, I can be a stay at home mom and try to focus on what is most important to me – building a family.

Whether this ends up being what happens, I can’t say for certain. However, having a direction in life is nice. Now I can simply focus on the pursuit of my dreams and do what I was born to do.

A New Way of Thinking

This past week I started my final semester of my undergrad program. Most of my classes have proven to be incredibly challenging already, but have also begun to change my perspective on things. As an English major emphasizing in professional writing, I never thought that I would find myself in a business class. However, with extra credits being needed I looked around to find something that looked interesting. This has brought me to the freshman level Introduction to Entrepreneurship course.

Going into the course I had a broad idea of what I would get out of the class, but after starting I am very excited about what is to come. While I’m not sure that I will ever start or own a business, I do plan on being an entrepreneur. In “A Field Guide for the Hero’s Journey” by Jeff Sandefer and Rev. Robert Sirico, it talks about what it means to be an entrepreneur. It is being someone who thinks outside of the box and takes control of their own lives. In the book Teddy Roosevelt is quoted saying, “cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” I don’t want to leave this Earth without knowing that I stretched myself past what I once thought were my limits. So, while I may not go out and become the next Steve Jobs, I can go out and become the best version of myself possible.