You are dreamers, artisans, and difference-makers. You are creatives, entrepreneurs, and adventurers. You are believers in the world’s best future. Welcome to our community blog.
When you survey the world, it can be so easy to be caught by the trap of comparison and measure our progress or value against what we see in others. Wishing we had what they had or we were as far along as they were. Just as, if not more damaging than our comparison to others is the comparison game we can play with ourselves.
When building something new, you are constantly striving towards growth and working towards that next level success. In these times it can be tempting to measure your wins by dollars and cents. But is that ACTUALLY the most important thing? Or is there more beyond the bottom line?
We’ve all heard it before. “The key to a happy and successful life is having work/life balance” or “leave work at work and leave home at home.” How’s that working out for you? Most likely our attempts at this philosophy looks like us trying desperately to compartmentalize parts of our lives that we feel should not go together, leaving us feeling carved up, torn apart, and exhausted.
A quick online search of whatever industry you are working in will likely bring up page after page of businesses or nonprofits working in the same space you are. But chances are you do not need to be convinced that there is competition. You know better than anyone. Everytime you see a new Instagram post or ad for a business similar to yours, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. Not the best feeling, right? Is there a way to change this?
When you are building something new, it may seem as though you are faced with this daunting question everyday: is there enough? Do I have enough time? Is there enough money? Is there enough of a market for what I am doing? Do I have enough people to pull this off? Enough momentum? Do I have enough motivation and drive?
Gregory is passionate about the organization he has started. In fact, he is so passionate that people often lose track of what he is saying when he tries to convey what he does. There are so many things that Gregory’s organization is doing, he can’t help but try to explain it all! As he speaks, he realizes people are confused and a bit overwhelmed by what he is saying
Jackson is full of ideas, but there is one idea in particular that always rises to the top. He wants to use his company to make a difference in the world. He’d like to start a business that would primarily employ youth who have aged-out of the foster care system. He has talked to many people about his idea and has received a great deal of encouragement and support - mostly from his friends and family, who don’t have much experience with foster youth. Recently he developed a plan to start and has put the word out to various organizations who work with emancipated foster youth, letting them know he is hiring. However, he’s having trouble connecting with and hiring the foster youth in his area. He’s perplexed because he knows from research that foster youth need jobs. What’s going on here? Jackson knows of a need that exists, and he has created a solution that he thinks will meet that need. So why is he having a hard time getting things rolling? He’s hit a common roadblock.
Julia is planning to open a socially-conscious coffee shop in her city. She has big heart to use her business to impact her community and the world for good. She started making lists of of all the things she needs to do to get started. She thought her lists would give her more clarity in how to move forward, but as they keep growing, she’s finding it hard to figure out what to do and how to spend her time and money in the best ways. There are so many unknowns at this stage of the process that she has no idea how to move forward. She thinks she needs a business plan. We disagree.
When we have an idea, we are often attempting to create a solution to help solve a problem. As you think about the problem there are likely many ways to create an effective solution. Here are a few ways to get started:
Considering you have landed on the FLDWRK blog, chances are you’re a person who has ideas or who is dreaming up possible solutions to the problems you see in the world. You might not even recognize your ideas as a solution — but chances are, your ideas are born of out seeing how things could be better. The understanding of your solution is obviously important (we address that here) — but what is even more important is your understanding of the root problem. What is your idea or solution actually trying to resolve? In other words, what’s the problem?
In our last post we talked about how important it is to write your dreams down on paper and form a Dream Statement. Now it’s time to work on crafting your Purpose Statement by focusing on the “why” behind your idea.
In our last post we talked about how the Dream Statement captures your hopes for what the world will look like once your idea reaches its fullest potential. This is where you get to dream big!
When a building is being constructed, it is essential to make sure that the foundation is solid. The type of building or what it will look like can vary widely, but a strong foundation is key. Building an idea into something bigger is similar. You need to have a good foundation before you can move forward. Today we’re introducing the four foundational statements that will help guide you as you build your idea.
FLDWRK’s 5th Pitch Night is coming up on December 7th and we’d love for you to join us! We sat down with Jonathon Murillo to hear about what he is working on in Launch and the importance of a supportive community in it all.
Jeremy Logeot, saw that young adults were struggling to make ends meet, let alone plan for a stable financial future. So he decided to do something about it by creating Young Money Savvy. He’s in FLDWRK’s Launch Program and we’re thrilled to share a part of his story! (For the full thing, join him and other purposeful entrepreneurs December 7th at Pitch Night)
This story begins on January 6th, 2017. My husband and I had just returned from visiting family and friends back in Chicago for the holidays. With the warm sun on my face and palm trees in view, I was happy to be home. But more than that, I was excited to get back to work. It’s true, I really was!
It was the Friday morning staff meeting and, per usual, the team exchanged general pleasantries. As I talked with our faithful leader, Brandon, he shares the news that “Hey, we are changing the company name.”
What does it mean to learn from your community? Theoretically, this sounds great. Practically…it can be tough to know how to do this! Community can be spread out, diverse, fractured, connected; often it looks a little different for each person.
On a Sunday in Pasadena, California, two humans sat facing each other on tufted leather couches: a 50-something male, Founder and CEO of a 16-year-old, multi-million-dollar financial technology company, in his pajamas, and me, a then 20-something female Founder and CEO of a personal and organizational development start-up, The Glow Effect.
So it has happened. Wayfare is officially FLDWRK (pronounced Fieldwork). We had a party to announce the new name and loved having so many people celebrate with us in both the Fullerton and Costa Mesa spaces. Thank you to all who came!
Now that the name is out there, we’d like to give you some info about why we chose the name FLDWRK. So let’s jump right in.
According to the Strengths Finder 2.0 (of which I am a huge fan), my top strength is Achiever. So when a day goes by where I haven’t achieved all of the things that I set out to do in a day, I have a hard time feeling like I have accomplished anything at all. This tends to be a problem for me because as the cofounder of a small, but growing organization, I know what it is like to have an entire day go by and to be left wondering where all of my time went! At the end of the day, even if I’ve been productive and I’ve clearly made progress in several small areas, if I spent very little time executing on my primary objectives it can feel defeating.