{True Story} Car Thief on the Run in your Neighborhood – How a Moment of Creativity can Comfort, Calm and Inspire Your Entrepreneurial Business

Reverse 911 call comes in 9:30 Sunday night.  “This is the Mt. CB police – a suspect who stole a  car has abandoned the car in your neighborhood and is on the run on foot.  Stay indoors, lock your cars and your house. We will call again when he is apprehended.


Unusual moments of creativity can calm, comfort and inspire your Entrepreneurial Business

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To understand how unusual this is you must realize that the police blotter in our local paper usually talks
about things like “mother bear breaks into car and eats  leftover child’s lunch” or occasional domestic violence or small alcohol related mishaps or DUI’s.
Though car thefts happen often in cities, here they are rare and a suspect on the run in a small rural neighborhood where people don’t lock their doors and even leave their keys in the car in the driveway – is anxiety producing,
especially when the police are concerned enough to call.
I was sitting at my kitchen table about to call it night.  In our home we have 5 doors to the outside and the garage. It’s really dark and I have my own forest. So first I checked all the doors. Then I turned on all the outside lights, locked the car that was in the garage, locked the door to the garage so nothing automatic could open it.
Then I sat down to wait for the next call figuring that I’d be insane to just go to bed and not be able to hear or see anything going on outside.
You are most likely wondering why I’m telling you this story and what it has to do with mindset or success in your Entrepreneur Business.  Well, I had time on my hands and I was too tired to work, too distracted to read. So what to do??
I have a friend who in the past 5 months learned to create and sell unique Tee-shirts. Since he told me about it, I keep having images of philosophic phrases I come up with and include in my writing, on a Tee-shirt. I have no great desire
to develop a Tee shirt business, but I’ve thought it might be fun to just make one to wear and share with my friends like you.
So there I was twiddling my thumbs, watching for a man on the run in my forest or on my deck and I decided to look at the Tee-shirt creation site.
It was about 90 minutes until  police called back to  say the man was apprehended. I’m surprised they  could find him in the dark with all the places to hide in our area. Maybe because the State police were involved, they had sniffing dogs.
During that time I created this shirt based on one of my favorite blog posts and a phrase that received a lot of traction, shares and comments from my readers.
I didn’t actually have the shirt printed yet, but instead set it up with a minimum to keep the price down for anyone besides me who wants one. We require 22 more orders in the next 2 weeks for the shirt to be printed and shipped!
Go grab one here if the philosophy resonates with you! Share with other entrepreneurs you know, or give
one as a gift! The creation company even ships Internationally!
Hopefully there will be no more police chases in my neighborhood, but at least I made good use of the time and kept my anxiety in check! If the philosophy of this phrase resonates with you, please share this link with other entrepreneurs and order yours today too. 

Deborah Tutnauer

Entrepreneur Business Success Coach at Deborah Tutnauer, LLC
Inspiring change in people for over 25 years, Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSWdigs deep to help authentic entrepreneurs move away from the stories that no longer serve them while clarifying and solidifying those that really do! Deborah helps frustrated entrepreneurs get exquisitely clear about meaning, purpose and expertise, then facilitates the creation of a financially sustainable and joyfully structured framework in which business and business people thrive.

Coaching both privately and in groups, Deborah is also a speaker, author, event leader and consultant. Creator of the Foundation and Framework Intensive, Question Master and Leader of the Entrepreneur Business Success Club, Deborah has been called an “Architect of Magical Business and Soul Structure”by her clients because she has a powerful ability to perform alchemy, changing passions and dreams into money and time by design.

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  1. says

    Hey Deborah,

    You poor thing, I can imagine how frightful that might be where you live and I wouldn’t be going to sleep either worried that the person could be right outside my house. Of course living in the big city this is a normal occurrence here. It doesn’t bother me that much because I live in a gated community. Often times though you’ll hear the helicopters hovering overhead and you know something is up.

    I’m surprised you had some spouts of creativity though and I love your idea. I actually went shopping just last week and bought some t-shirts. On sale of course, clearance because I just need some new ones for sure. I might have to get me one of these though.

    Great idea and thanks for sharing them with us. You’re so creative! ;-)

    Have a great week Deborah and hope you’re doing well.

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    • says

      I know what you mean Adrienne. When we were living in San Diego there were often helicopters overhead late and night. I found that freaky too!! Here nothing like that ever happens – except of course for last week!

      I always have at hand my Things I Could Be Doing list. It’s different than a To-Do list. It’s not the main things, or the Zero-Level daily things. It’s the things that are ideas, creative thoughts, wish-I-had-a-moment-for-that, kind of things. The Tee-shirt idea was one of those things and the time was perfect!! I was tense and couldn’t really think to write, but at the same time I wanted a distraction.

      I’d love you to grab one! http://teespring.com/doingisbecoming. It’s a crowdfunding type set up, so it will only get printed with enough people wanting it. Of course, I really haven’t marketing it besides this blog post, because it was more a wim than anything else. But….I’d be bummed not to get to wear it. So funny!!

      Thanks for stopping by Adrienne!
      Have a wonderful week.

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  2. says

    Hi, Deborah,

    Oh my word – that would have made my heart jump! Living near an entire forest is wonderful for enjoying nature, but a little spooky at night when something like this happens. You wonder what could be lurking out there.

    I’m so glad you decided to use your time to focus on being creative so that you didn’t have time to be nervous. Great control!

    I like the quote you did, and it looks great on a tee shirt. I will definitely be sharing with friends.

    Talk to you soon,
    – Carol
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    • says

      Hi Carol!!

      I’ve been offline for almost a week, in most senses – working in the outside world! LOL! Thus the delay in replying! I was a sponsor at a live marketing workshop in San Diego focused on teaching solopreneurs and coaches how to get clear on the message and present it effectively online and off. I met some great people and enjoyed the event!

      I rarely feel scared in the woods. In fact give me that any time over a dark city street. Where we live, it’s so rare to have people related danger that I’ve learned to feel very safe in the forest. Wild animals don’t really want to meet up with humans more than we don’t want to meet up with them!

      It was certainly a good distraction to be creative during those weird few hours though!
      Thanks for you comment Carol!

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