Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” I believe there’s a great deal of truth to that quote.
During one of my many moves, I found a five-year old newspaper clipping about the home staging industry that I had saved in a “business ideas” file. The irony was I had no memory of seeing the article, much less saving it, a full two years before starting my own home staging business.
Here I thought I’d pulled the idea of being a home stager out of the air after I resold my fifth house within 8 weeks of buying and redecorating it. Yet, there was living proof in my ideas file, that somehow I had already planted the seed and my subconscious mind had been thinking about it for five years!
There are so many points in life where we’re at a cross-roads that we don’t even realize. For every choice we make, we are by default choosing not to go with another option. So if we’re unhappy with our careers and we don’t feel we are following our passions, every day we don’t do anything to change our situation is actually a day that we’ve chosen to keep things how they are.
Sometimes it takes an outside jolt or chance conversation to help prepare our minds to see the other opportunities that await us.
When I first saved that newspaper article on home staging, I was living comfortably and feeling absolutely secure in my career. But I always felt like there was something more that I was meant to do. That’s why I was always saving stories in my business ideas file and was hungry for any story about how others had reinvented their lives.
When I read the home staging article, I thought about how house staging would allow me to use my natural decorating talent and the interest I’d always had in real estate. But at the time, I pushed the thought to the back of my mind (in part because I had no interior design training) and kept going with my marketing consulting business. I did have an MBA after all, what could I have been thinking?
The thought of leaving that cocoon of security and credibility was terrifying – especially as a single mother.
While anyone on the outside looking in would have said that I was operating a successful business as a six-figure earner working from a home office, success is a relative term. Can you consider yourself successful if you don’t feel passionate about what you do?
I believe I was meant to get into the field of home staging, but when I first learned of the industry, my mind wasn’t ready to go there yet. I had to reach the point where I had no choice but to follow my dream of fully using my creativity to make a real difference in people’s lives.
When I started my home staging business, Six Elements Inc., I realized there is nothing like spending your days doing something you love and are naturally gifted in, and being paid well for it too. Teaching others how to have their own home staging businesses evolved from there because of all the aspiring home stagers who came to me looking for help reinventing their own lives.
A few months ago I received an email from a woman who was working in the human resources field. She didn’t feel passionate about it because so much of what she did all day had nothing to do with helping people and she was tired of dealing with office politics. During a random encounter with a colleague, she admitted her restlessness and desire to try something new. For whatever reason, this colleague saw something in her that she hadn’t yet seen in herself and asked if she’d ever thought of getting into home staging.
It was a seemingly random suggestion given that this colleague knew her as a human resources person. Yet, suddenly she found her passion. She was full of excitement and a new found positive energy, realizing that being a home stager would also allow her to help others which is why she’d chosen a career in human resources in the first place.
So much that happens to us can be attributed to a source we can’t see or really explain. What I know for sure is that timing can play a crucial role in your life.
When it comes to following your heart, listen to that inner voice and pay attention— prepare your mind!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Intrepid entrepreneur and home staging expert Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva, has been running her own business since 1989. She knows how to make money as a home stager and has taught over 1000 others to use their decorating talents and run their own home staging business in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.[tags]entrepreneur, home stager, home staging, home staging business, Staging Diva, Debra Gould, Six Elements, chance favors the prepared mind, house staging, interior design training[/tags]