I have a budding interest in entrepreneurship, and am beginning to educate myself in this area. This week I decided to sit in on a call hosted by Alexis Martin Neely with George Kao about social media and marketing. Even though I have no immediate plans to go out on my own, it was a great way to “practice” stepping in that direction and gain exposure to people daring to start their own businesses. But the thing that really stuck with me during the call was what George said at the end.
“I love you.”
At first I was shocked. This was a pretty straight forward business call, with terms like “events-based marketing” thrown around. Yet at the end, Kao put that out there. After I got done being shocked, I felt happy. This was not a cheesy tag-line. It was an unabashed open-hearted way to show up. Kao did not ask our permission or make sure it was “safe” before he laid this out there.
He said it to remind us of a truth. We are worthy of love and success. And he is worthy of giving it.
There is someone else in my life right now who is showing me how it is possible to show up in a really beautiful, giving way. At my work, there is a woman who uses her own money to buy the office coffee, candy, and other types of food on a consistent basis. She goes on trips for her anniversary and brings back presents for the office. After I complimented her on her unconditional generosity, she bought me apples slices to snack on after a trip to the grocery store! Again, not cheesy, and not motivated by anything other than a desire to be genuine.
Her generosity opens both her heart and mine.
It can be too easy to fall back into a small, fear-based space where we do not give freely. Because there is no reason to be generous, like the holidays. Because we are afraid of rejection. Because we are afraid people will judge us for it or think we have ulterior motives. Because we feel afraid of expressing our love and being vulnerable and shining. Because who are we to say or do things like that?
Both of these people demonstrated small ways to move past all of these fears, and model a different way of being. They are small actions, with one common, huge message:
Do not be afraid to give yourself unconditionally.
By their actions, these people have inspired me to pay it forward and look for opportunities to open my own heart for no reason. And so. I love you. You are worth it.