Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

If You Can Imagine It, You Can Create It

 

When I was growing up, I imagined I wanted to be lots of things – an executive, a lawyer, a doctor, a diplomat, and yes, an entrepreneur. While there were defined paths to lead me to some of these careers, I confess I was daunted by what it meant to start a business and had no idea how.

Twenty-plus years later, I realize that creating a business, creating a craft, creating a new recipe, creating anything new is both possible and powerful. Being a maker is about being able to envision in your mind what something looks like when it’s done, breaking it down into multiple possible steps, and then simply taking the first one. The rest will follow, and before you know it, by trying one thing, then another, then another, you are building, making, and creating what you previously only imagined.

From the day you were born, I have been witness to your intelligence, warmth, and creativity. Every time you have a new idea, for a story, for an app, for a trip, I want you to know it is possible for you to make it. Being a maker doesn’t need to be intimidating; it’s the opposite. All you need to do is imagine it, think of a few steps to help get you there and take that first step. Everything you need to create something amazing is within you already.

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is the founder and CEO of Joyus and founder of theBoardlist

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