Pluck - pluk  - (n) - spirited and determined courage

I LOVE this word that Liz uses for her book!!  Pluck.  I want to have pluck.  Do you have pluck?!

Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs.

Liz went after her heart and created a business to give Sseko high potential, talented young women in Uganda an opportunity to continue on to university. Due to the gap of 9 months between high school and college, many young women were pressured to find jobs or to marry instead of waiting and going to college.  Sseko grew to become the largest footwear exporter in East Africa and gives a growing number of scholarships.  Sseko Designs appeared on NBC’s Shark Tank and the world fell in love with their versatile strappy Ribbon Sandals. The Sseko Fellows program launched, and for the first time, women all across the U.S. launched their own impact businesses by selling Sseko and styling their communities.

As Liz shares in her book, she was a total beginner in everything, but she followed her heart, with a passion to help women, and discovered a particular problem and found a creative solution.  She has succeeded far above and beyond her expectations.  This book is about her journey and to encourage other “beginners” to go for their dreams!

As she looked back on her journey, she asked herself this question:  “Could being a Beginner actually be an asset in your journey to build a life of purpose and passion?  PLUCK!   What beginners lack in experience, track record, know-how, and connections, they make up for in nerve, curiosity, spirit, courage, and willingness to acknowledge they don’t have all the answers.  Which are all incredibly useful in building lives of purpose, passion, and impact.”

Isn’t this an awesome thought?  We don’t have to be “Experts” to succeed!!

Liz encourages us to “own our average.”  In other words, figure out what you have to give and go all in!  If we think we are so gifted or talented in a certain area we need to beware that we might not want to risk anything new or challenging in that area  Our success is more about our posture, mindset, and curiosity.  Curiosity leads us to ask, “What if?” and to take risks.  We must be willing to fail to go forward.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
                                                                                                                                                       Frederick Buechner

What is in your heart?  What is it you love to do?  Are you doing it?  If you are not, what’s stopping you?

Let’s not let anything keep us from following our purpose and passion.  We can have PLUCK!!  We can have Beginner’s Pluck!

Please share with me in the comments.
Blessings and may you have pluck!


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