• I want to take you back to about 6 years ago. I was the general manager at the Comstock inn Conference center here in Owosso. The hotel brought me in as I had a good amount of experience in the hospitality industry.

    It got to the point where the hotel was doing well, and so the owners decided they wanted to sell the property.

    A new group of owners came in and decided to retain me as the general manager since the hotel was doing so well. About a month in I noticed there were going to be some changes. These changes weren’t going to necessarily be bad or wrong changes, just ones I wouldn’t necessarily make or ones that I felt were necessary, but it wasn’t my hotel. I knew my job was to execute their wishes. I gave my opinion and suggestions, but they had their way to go about it.

    I got to the point where I felt like I would need to start over. But the hotel industry is what I knew. I didn’t know if I wanted to start from scratch.

    Crest pontoon was trying to recruit me for over a year to run the customer service department. I wasn’t interested because I loved what I was doing. But I realized I needed to make a change, I thought why not try something new, it seemed like a dream job.

    It didn’t take me long to realize that I was not built to be at a desk all day. It’s not who I am, it doesn’t fit my personality or skill set. I felt trapped in this job, that it wasn’t meant to be.

    I begin thinking “What do I want to do”. I didn’t want to go look for another job. So, I thought about starting my own company. I begin working on a business plan and decided it’s time to do this.  It was a big risk not knowing when my next paycheck will come. A lot of people advised me to not do it, but I took the risk. I jumped out of my comfort zone and committed to something I know I could do. I did it, and through scarifies, I didn’t let myself fail.

    Here we are 6 years later, in one of the hottest office spaces in Owosso. I have a couple of employees and nearly 50 clients all around the country. Our business is doing well and is on the rise.

    Looking back, I realize I would not be here today if I would have not taken the risk, there would be no reward.

    A person I think of as a risk-taker is our guest, Kori Shook. I met her close to 2 years ago. I didn’t know much about her. She explained to us about this thing she was going to do, something she was thinking about doing for a while. We built a website for her, and she announced it, she made the jump. Now 2 years later her business is doing very well.

    “ I wanted to create something, I wanted to create my own”- Kori Shook. “When you get to the point where you know you have to do something, and you have to jump, you have to just do it”. “Sometimes you just jump in and just tread water. Till then you can build up of that momentum”.  She did this for about 5 years, she jumped and left her safety net at the company she was at and built from there.

    It is not too late to go after your dream, go after it. Risk is hard, it’s not about being foolish. If it’s a good idea don’t be afraid to go after it even though there is a risk.

    “If you know what you want to do, do it”. “If it’s fulfilling, your God-given purpose, the doors will just open”. – Kori Shook

    Every successful person has a journey, there are very few people with overnight success. There are years of blood, sweat, and tears that went into people getting to where there at. If people make it look easy it’s not because it was probably easy but because they committed themselves to not doing the easy things but doing the difficult things and learning the tasks. Applying yourself to learn it and get better at it, improve your skills and your craft. Only then will success come.

    When you avoid short the short cuts, you will be able to learn how you overcome the setbacks and only then will you achieve success.

    “Learn from mistakes, even if you didn’t do it. Take note of it and what you can learn from it. Let things go, and not take it personally.  Learning how to put things to rest is a big idea.” -kori

    Sometimes when you do something for yourself, to better yourself, you have no idea how many other people are impacted.

    “Success is not about numbers”. “Success is fulfilling your god given purpose, and we all have that”. “Beyond that, real success is about empowering someone else to do that.” – Kori Shook

    Taking risks is scary, playing safe is called that because it’s the easy way. Why take a risk:

    1. Many times our greatest opportunities come from taking a risk, you don’t know what’s on the horizon for you until you take the risk.
    2. Taking risks will help you stand out. People are inspired by people who are willing to jump.
    3. Success requires risk; you won’t have success without risk.
    4. No rewards if you are not willing to take a risk.
    5. Get out of your comfort zone and go after it. Do something that makes you a little uncomfortable.
    6. Embracing risks helps you overcome the fear of failure.
    7. Playing it safe is taking the easy way out. Go get it done!