Archive for August, 2013

August 28, 2013

Surround Yourself

by Kate W. Hall

Kate W. Hall:

Perfectly stated.

Originally posted on Lyrical Meanderings:

What would happen if we were surrounded by people who knew we could do anything?

What would happen if we actively surrounded ourselves with people who believe in us, who push us to be better than we think we are, people who don’t know what we’re capable of, but know that it is something strange, and beautiful and amazing?

I have a sign on my wall that reads, “Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.”

Sometimes we get so bogged down in the every day, we get so bogged down in the past, our past, our families, our co-workers, our worst demons, that we can’t see it. We revert to a moment in childhood, sometimes early adolescence when we stopped believing that we could do anything. For me there was a moment when the dreamy flew away and all I was left with was the dour pragmatist leaning…

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August 17, 2013

Same old, same old? Don’t let that be.

by Kate W. Hall


This popped up from a friend’s feed on Facebook the other day and rings so true. What we allow to happen every day is up to us.

When is the last time I questioned why/who/how?

Whether in a corporate or entrepreneurial role, keeping this mantra front-of-mind is key.

I once knew a project manager who confided in me, “I get all the tough, detailed projects thrown my way because they know I’ll say yes.”

I responded, “If they’re not interesting or meaningful to you, given you have a choice without risking your job, why say yes?”

When I owned people would often comment (particularly early-on), “I think that’s already being done” to which I responded “but not like we’ll do it!” The new owners seem to hold that same fresh outlook, and I love it.

When I first drafted Richmond Rocks I thought: I’ve never written a book before, but now’s as good a time as any to start. If I allowed negative thinking to halt my dream, this book that is now in the hands of thousands of Richmond kids simply wouldn’t exist.

If we allow mediocrity to persist and resist our inner desires to build our dreams, we’re allowing frustration & creative suppression to continue.
No behavior/statement/sentiment has to continue on unless we want to let it–not competitors, nay-Sayers and most of all, doubters.


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