How to fly without wings

Look before you leap, says conventional wisdom. But if you have an iota of entrepreneurial essence to your soul, part of you inherently rejects this wisdom. Entrepreneurs, by and large, operate outside conventions. These are they who see what doesn’t exist, march to different drummers, chart their own courses.

But as we’ve also established through previous posts, there’s a difference between risk and folly. An entrepreneur takes calculated risks and is also comfortable with flux and the unknown. That said, part of any risky action is performing due diligence, whether that is researching your chosen industry; reaching out to others in related fields or drafting a business plan.

In so doing, you begin to form a network (some call it your tribe). These are the folks you turn to as mentors, guides and other resources as you move forward toward independence and fulfilling your dream –  launching from the cliff, as it were.

Your network is your wings.

Your wings actually form themselves – triggered by your action.

Once you step out in faith, your network activates in an effort to help you. If you’ve cultivated your network properly, the anchors within will enable you to move upward more easily. These people have probably achieved a level of success that enables them to operate from a position of stability and strength. They *want* you to succeed as well.

Choosing and nurturing a strong network is critical to achieving your independence.

Abundance begets abundance. A strong network comprised of secure people will want you to achieve (or even exceed) their levels of achievement because they are not threatened by your success. Rather, they understand that abundance magnifies itself. The Whole is elevated by your success, rather than diminished by it.

Your responsibility is to determine what you can offer, focus on it, develop it and implement your idea through consistent action. Leap.

Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish the Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through the Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or a href=””>@WWDr1ve (Women With Drive)


  1. says

    wow. 2 of my favorite women gathered in one place….liz’s blog hosting molly’s phenomenal mission and endeavor. it’s such a privilege to know both of you and to keep on witnessing how you both are building wings and flying as you leap. (was reminded of that earlier today via listening to Christine Kane’s “Right Outa Nowhere” where she sings leap and the net will appear). There’s something to be said for knowing we always have a net. To me that’s the wings. The acting and doing come often from the life experience of being…we take a step and another and another…and as we do, we’re that much more able to help others own and use their wings…I witness you do this daily Liz via tweets and here. And Molly from our brief conversations I can only fathom the great bounty of support and help your life is about to launch on your community via Women With Drive…We’re each building from wellsprings of proof and convictions learned…
    Totally grateful for you both :) And inspite of the tragedies in AZ today, while my heart’s been heavy, I’ve been so deeply grateful for the wings that simply ‘knowing’ women such as yourselves keeps giving me and so many others. Here’s to soaring…

  2. says

    This reminds me of Meg Ryan in Joe vs. the Volcano: “We’ll jump, and then we’ll see.” Great movie if you haven’t seen it in a while (or ever).

    Hmm.. I need bigger wings.

  3. says

    Michael, I *have* seen Joe vs. the Volcano (although it’s been too long). That reminds me: my luggage isn’t big enough. :)

    Thanks for reading my words and leaving a comment. My best, M.

  4. says

    Molly, when Dr. Ellen Weber and I launched the MITA Brain Center, I quit my job to do it. I felt like I was on air with nothing under my feet. But there was also a sense of a freedom to work at something I would enjoy. It was one of the best decisions for my professional life that I ever made.

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