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November President's Message

How Do You Take Things? 

When I reached the Franklin County Board of Elections building to cast my vote early, I was stunned that I couldn’t see the end of the line for people waiting to vote, no matter how far I kept walking.  Mind you, I arrived punctually at 1:00 PM when the polls opened, feeling quite confident I would beat the rush and just get in and out in 15-20 minutes. Easy-peasy, right? 

Instead, I was met with a snaking line that went beyond my line of sight, with hundreds upon hundreds of people already in line, with a constant flow of others taking their place after me. Random thoughts, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I eat breakfast? Darn, I’m so thirsty, why didn’t I bring my water bottle? I should have thrown that banana in my purse. Maybe I should have waited to vote on Election Day…”

Instead of getting irritated or impatient with the eminent long wait in front of me, I unexpectedly became emotional. This was, in my mind, “Simply awesome, amazing, incredible.” Those were the words I silently repeated many times over, as I got a little choked up. 

Standing in line to vote that day, I simply felt enormous gratitude for many things. First, the right to vote, which many take for granted. I felt gratitude for how many people were sharing this with their children, how kind and respectful everyone was regardless of our longer than normal wait, and how many people were curious about candidates across party lines based on the varied literature in their hands. Finally, I was grateful for how upbeat and buoyant people were feeling and the random conversation with strangers from all walks of life.

I thought, “This is what true engagement looks like. People taking the time to show up, be intentional about why they are there, getting to know others around them, and understanding that their participation makes a difference on every level.” This was not taking our right to vote for granted, it was a mass display of gratitude. 

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted, or you take them for gratitude.” - C.K. Chester

How do you take things?

When I think of NAWBO Columbus and the amazing work that so many of you have done, I take this with deep gratitude. It has taken hundreds upon hundreds of women during the past twenty years to create the Chapter we’re lucky to experience today. It would be easy to take it for granted now that we are the largest chapter in the U.S., with hundreds of members, and critical staff in place to take us to the next level. The great news- I know you aren’t taking it for granted. Why?

Just like my voting experience, I have observed each of you making a difference by showing up, being intentional about why you are there, going out of your way to make everyone feel welcome, and knowing your participation makes an impact in the NAWBO experience for all of us. 

In this season of giving thanks, I want to emphasize how truly grateful I am for this wonderful journey with you. Thank you for engaging in the way you do. You create gratitude perhaps without realizing it.   

Wishing you a month filled with bountiful blessings and the enjoyment of taking things with gratitude!

Tonya Tiggett

President, NAWBO Columbus

October President's Message

The Power of Saying No… It’s not What You Think!

In late September NAWBO hosted its annual Women’s Business Conference in charming Spokane, Washington. Hundreds of women business owners gathered to share best practices, learn from industry experts, and network with peers. Keynote speakers provided inspiration, including headliner Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, and one of my absolute favorites, Big Magic, who urged us to make change in life and business, or take action in new and different ways. 

Gilbert was deeply moving and humorous. She shared her stories of personal love and loss, provided insight into her entrepreneurial journey, and revealed how she created the life she imagined despite working three jobs in her twenties and not having “enough time to write.” So how did she go from that multi-focus rat race to a major bestselling author with a cult following?

She embraced her power to say “no.”  Sounds like advice we as business owners have heard before. 

But wait, it’s not what you think. 

Gilbert changed the advice to say “no” to the things she most wanted to do, so she could say “yes” to the life she deeply desired.  For her that meant sacrificing the vacation she wanted to go on with friends, time with family, even canceling her cable so she wouldn’t be lured into wasting time with her favorite TV shows.  At the end of one year of empowering herself to say “no” to what she wanted to do, she completed her first book, viewed herself as a writer for the first time, and found herself on the journey to living the life she imagined.

Before you dismiss this advice as not practical, think about what you could “give up” just once or for a short time, that would have long term benefits. Gilbert didn’t give up vacations permanently, just that one summer, along with TV temporarily, time with family for a season, etc. – all of which resulted in her feeling happier, her life being richer, more fulfilling and what she envisioned it to be. 

What are the things you want to do that you could say “no” to, which would give you the time, singular focus, and freedom to truly create the life you desire?

This is a new way to step into your power.

As women business owners we are lucky that a group of women from NAWBO and the Women’s Business Council said “no” to focusing solely on running their businesses in 1987-1988 so they could say “yes” to creating the means for women like you and me to obtain access to capital without requiring a male to co-sign for us.

This month marks the 30thanniversary of HR5050.  The willingness of our NAWBO predecessors and sisters to sacrifice the short-term necessity of running their businesses, to instead spend countless hours on Capitol Hill influencing the passage of this bill, has helped many of us live the life we always imagined. Talk about a powerful way to say “no” that resulted in critical business and life impact.

Consider how the power of saying “no” to what you want to do would look like, feel like.  What would this create for you and your business over the next 30 days or six months? 

If someone says “no” to you, to get to her “yes”, try not to take it as rejection. Instead, think of it as supporting another business owner to embrace her power. Let’s celebrate the “yes” we’re creating together.  

To your continued success,

Tonya Tiggett

President, NAWBO Columbus