I am an entrepreneur, probably like you, and I have been doing deep positive mindset work, understanding how the mind works and how we create our reality through the use or misuse of our thoughts, for the better part of three decades.
When I was introduced to the Energy Leadership Index Assessment and debrief process developed by Bruce Schneider, PH.D, I realized I had just found a tool that could help anyone with a vision to harness their energy, take control of their mind and achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
Many years ago, I, along with my partner, bootstrapped a fashion design and apparel manufacturing business, starting with basically nothing to becoming a known fashion brand within the small niche we were serving.
We worked relentlessly to pull that business up, working 18 hour days, doing whatever it took to succeed. Eventually, everything clicked and we had a ton of success. We had struggled for so many years that when success came, I always thought of that Napoleon Hill quote from Think and Grow Rich: “When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years.”
We were living the life; everything seemed effortless for a long while—I thought this was it; this was my new normal. Our business multiplied and we had great momentum, resources and choice—a very powerful feeling. But then boom, the economic crash of 2008 hit the apparel industry hard. Times got tough, very tough.
I could have chosen to sink emotionally under the stress and pressure, or figure out a way to prevail. I chose the latter. I started to remember all the things I’d learned while studying energy over the past decades and the way the mind works, and I decided that these tough times would become transformative for me somehow. I searched deep and realized that, while I really got a lot from the apparel business, what I really enjoyed was the satisfaction I got from mentoring others.