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The Daily Scroll: A Mentorship Recap - November 5th, 2020 Show Notes

Kay:

Hey there Questers, and welcome back! It’s Thursday, November 5th and this is Episode 219. This quote is from David Burkus and he says, “This is a hard truth for some to accept, that a lack of resources may not be their true constraint, just a lack of resourcefulness.”

Shi:

All right. We teach on this principle all the time, but it's definitely been a little while since we brought it to you, our sisters and misters here on The Mentorship Quest with us! So we wanted to bring it back to you. But David Burkus is an author and an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. And one of the things we like about him is that he was recently named one of the nation's Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.


Kay:

So a fellow millennial out there rocking and rolling in the space. But what's really interesting is that the data actually backs this up. We learned recently that the idea that many of us have when it comes to solving the world's problems is that, if we solve inequality, that we would solve the problem. But the real thing that we need to be looking at is not inequality, but poverty instead. So what we mean is that we're not looking to take away all that money from the people at the top and give it to the people at the bottom, because we've tried that apparently in the past, and we've done studies around it and it didn't work. So giving the people the resources without teaching them the resourcefulness did not solve the issue.


Shi:

Right. So inequality is really a question of resources. And when we frame the question and the query in that way, it forces our brain to answer it in an equation type way, because inequality means that we've got some kind of equation in front of us. So shifting our mindset to the issue of poverty helps our brains answer that question a little bit more and it also shifts us from resources and to resourcefulness, which is what this quote is about and what we're about too. Because, too often, resources are the number one thing that get blamed for failure, for lack of success, for issues, for challenges, and for all of those things that come up in our life...like, "I don't have enough time." "I don't have enough money." "I don't have enough sway." "I don't have enough influence." "I don't have the right connections." "I wasn't born to the right family." So, ALL of these are resources, but - if we're being real about it - they're actually just excuses.


Kay:

So let's just talk about, really quick, a very personal and near and dear example to Shila and I that hopefully will help illustrate to you that we're not just here to preach to you guys about resources...So, let’s take it back to March 15th, 2020. We have no idea what is about to transpire. We don't really know what's about to go down. At this point we have six restaurants under our own sway. We have another five that are under the franchise umbrella and we are looking at the edge of a cliff about to go off in sales because we were going into stay at home orders in all of our respective States. So with stay at home orders in effect, we had an 85% drop in revenue overnight. Now (remember) six stores, which means hundreds of employees. Now we saw lots of restaurants in many regions all around just shut down. It was too much. They just shut down. But we knew that even if we didn't have the resource, (because remember, our capital resource shut off overnight!), we had to get resourceful and find a way to make it through.


Shi:

So we did. We got as resourceful as we could. We got as creative as we could. As Tony Robbins likes to say a lot - IF you get playful enough, if you get creative enough, if you get determined enough, you CAN come up with a solution, and you can figure it out. Have you really tried everything, like really, really everything? Someone will say, "Well, yes, I've tried everything. Okay, five programs. Okay, one thing. Okay, half heartedly tried a thing and it didn't work." Now, maybe you've heartedly tried a dozen some things and they don't work, and that's where we can really start to feel challenged by resources. But this ultimate resource of resourcefulness means that you're always looking at things in a way that says, “How CAN I use this? How can I learn from this? How can I grow from this? And how can I turn it to be to my, (if not advantage), at least not to my disadvantage?


Kay:

That solutions oriented thinking will help you in literally every aspect of your life wherever there is an issue, because every action has an equal and opposite reaction. If everything has an opposite that means that every problem has a solution. So understanding that deep, deep, DEEP part of your soul can help you know that, whenever you do come up to one of those resource constraints, that you might just need to dig in and find a little bit more resourcefulness!


Shi:

All right. To remind you of what today's quote is, "This is a hard truth for some to accept, that a lack of resources may not be their true constraint, just a lack of resourcefulness."


Kay:

All righty, gang, that means today's quest is a truth quest! Do you have a real lack of resources or is it more maybe a lack of resourcefulness? Just get honest for a second in answering this question for yourself today and may the answer motivate you into your next move. Are you ready?


Kay & Shi:

Let’s quest!


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