Entrepreneur Advice: Keep Your Home Fire Burning for Frosty Mornings. You never know what’s coming next – positive or negative – but if you tend your hearth well you will be warm and prepared in life and in entrepreneurship.
I heat my home with wood and sun. Propane is the backup but my preference is to limit how much of it we use. Thus, our warmth is up to me and my intimate relationship with the wood stove and stacks of firewood. There’s an art to heating with wood. The most challenging part is filling the stove at night in such a manner that by morning the coals are still hot with embers ready to catch a few pieces of kindling.
Entrepreneur Advice – Keep your home fires burning
for frosty mornings.
The house itself is like a living breathing organism in a constant balancing act between the cold outdoors and the heat being held in by high insulation. When the sun shines the heat is absorbed into the solar collector mass of the house. At night it is slowly released, theoretically keeping the house warm through the darkest hours.
In reality, once the sun goes down the house will eventually settle at a temperature that is much warmer than outdoors, but not comfortable for living. This is the time of the wood stove.
There is an art to entrepreneurship. Though one would think it is in actions and skills that success is formed, the reality is that the heat from your home fire and the glow from your hearth, is the bigger determinant of your business outcome.
I go out into the world to do my work, as do you. Daily we are impacted by communication, media, emotions, relationships. Just like the house that must each day find an equilibrium as nature’s cold draws heat and the home fire keeps it warm, cozy, inviting. We stoke our own home fire to keep us centered, grounded, aware and calm. You step up to claim your greatness and create something of value in world and simultaneously feel your soul warm and nourished around your internal hearth.
I read entrepreneur advice every day:
- Focus on this.
- Write about that.
- Clarify your message.
- Increase your conversions and your conversations.
Yet the more I read the more I realize that there is not more learning to be done. Yes there is always something new to grasp and skills to hone. But when you dig deep into the daily actions of the most successful entrepreneurs you will find something entirely different than the advice you get from most.
I have come to believe that keeping your home fire burning is the key. James Altucher’s Daily Practice is the essence of keeping a warm, calm, nurturing internal hearth. As I prepare for the coming year, it is this daily practice outline that I plan to incorporate more fully into my waking hours.
Each day I split wood into kindling. I rearrange the stacks and bring more wood inside. In the evenings I prepare so that by bedtime, the stove has a strong burn and is ready to fill and tamp down for the night – keeping the home fire burning to fight off the extreme cold outside.
Every day I go to work in my entrepreneur business. I do my zero-level daily activities and organize my other appointments. I meet with clients, do my marketing, close sales and inspire partners. When I imagine the home fire in this scenario, I see a strong center of light within me serving as a beacon and reminder of what is real and what is important.
For years I’ve talked about success being an inside job. One more phone call, one more meeting, one more tweet is going to do far less for my success and yours than will one more meditation session, one more walk, one more hour of uninterrupted thinking.
I’m curious what you do to keep your home fire burning while you are out in the world, slaying proverbial dragons?
How do you assure a warm hearth glows consistently within?
I look forward to read your story in the comments below!
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