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Shame

Shame often shows up because we have been telling ourselves the same damaging story for so long ? a story that may not even be true. Shame is that voice inside our own head, telling us what others think and who we have become. But shame is a liar.

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Pain

There?s no avoiding it; pain hurts. Pain reminds us that we once experienced something we do not want to experience again.

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All the books in the world

Tellingly, but not coincidentally, my interest in reading grew alongside my experience building a business. As I grew the MODE concept, I bought every business book I could get my hands on.

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Learning from others

As a small business owner, there is nothing quite as valuable as seeking out another entrepreneur and talking with her about the challenges, the opportunities, and the achievements.

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Defeat

Sometimes, we just want to quit ? quit a project, a relationship, or a task. When life keeps knocking us down, we can become defeated, ready to jump ship, and move on.

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How wounds become wisdom

?While I gasp for breath, they yell at the top of their lungs.? This is how I described in my journal the painful experience of reading the most despicable and ugly things about me, plastered all over social media.

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Real life, raw emotion

One of my mentors told me, ?Write it down, Ciara. Keep a journal and write down the stories, the pain, the heartache, and the trial. Write it down or you will forget it.?

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