Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Tonightâ€™s meeting with my mentor marked the half- way Â point Â in the first Â phase Â of Â my Â career Â transition. Among Â other Â things, Â we Â did a Â bit Â of Â career Â planning, mainly looking at streams of income that I might be able to produce instead of relying on just one area of income. Thatâ€™s important because I think itâ€™ll take a little longer than originally Â planned to replace Â income, Â given recent expenses and that some things are still â€œup in the air.â€
Ideas are easy for me. Itâ€™s all that Aquarius in my system! Last January, Iâ€™d come up with a group of ideas and one particular method of marketing those ideas. I was ex- cited. very excited. This was cutting edge stuff. Back then.
I told two friends. And I told them to keep it to themselves. I was looking for feedback, but it was important that this idea not get spread around too quickly because being among the first had money-making potential and it was something I could tie to the healing center I want to start.
They both thought it was great and were quite emotionally supportive. Definitely a brilliant idea. I couldnâ€™t wait to get started on it!
One friend Â never Â told Â another Â soul. Â Nine Â months later, sheâ€™s Â doing something Â similar Â with the marketing approach Â but Â applied Â to Â her Â own Â unique Â ideas Â and Â a much different audience from mine. Am I upset? Not in the least. I think itâ€™s great, absolutely perfect for her, and something I fully expected her to do when she had a little more time to put into it. She probably had no doubts at all about trying my marketing approach because, after all, Iâ€™d abandoned my own ideas. She probably didnâ€™t know why.
The why was my other friend. Only a week or two after Iâ€™d told her my ideas and sheâ€™d promised to keep it quiet Â until Â they Â were Â ready Â for Â my Â audience, Â she Â off-handedly mentioned about half a dozen Â friends of ours sheâ€™d mentioned my ideas to and how they thought these ideas were wonderful and would be financially rewarding. I was appalledâ€”unlike the other friend who was in a different field, Â this Â friend Â told Â people Â who Â could Â directly compete with me. And who had the resources Â and time to get similar products on the market ahead of me.
I dropped the idea. Just…dropped Â it. It suddenly felt tainted and I no longer wanted any part of it.
My mentor and I had to explore that over sweet tea tonight. Â Iâ€™m Â not Â sure Â why Â the Â idea Â suddenly Â felt Â so tainted. Maybe because I associated it with a broken confidence when Iâ€™d kept my friendâ€™s Â confidences (and still have). Maybe it was the realization that Iâ€™d no longer be first or that I suddenly had potential competition where I hadnâ€™t before. Iâ€™m not sure why, but the idea Iâ€™d been so excited about suddenly was something I couldnâ€™t stand to think about.
And yet, itâ€™s still a big potential income-producer Â and I sincerely Â need to think in terms of income-producers for part of my new career if Iâ€™m going to do any charity work at all.
So tonight, Â we tweaked Â the idea and I reclaimed it, with plans to set it in motion by the end of this calendar year. Iâ€™d try it sooner, but I have other projects that must be completed first to make way for this revised one.
Iâ€™m excited again. And this time, Iâ€™ll watch who I tell my exact and detailed plans to!