there's a reason I refer to myself as "ceocharlene", or chief edification officer to be exact. by definition to edify means to "morally or spiritually uplift" as well as "instructive or informative in a manner that improves the mind or character".
my I.D. is my personal purpose statement declaring my intended YOUnique contribution to the world. my I.D. aligns with why i specifically exist to serve. starting with my WHY informs my who (YOU), my what (this platform), and my how (courses, coaching, speaking, training, facilitating, collaborating, etc).
i'm glad you have joined me on this journey and have decided to create the fulfilled life you love. my hope is viewing my I.D. will inspire you to craft your own YOUnique I.D. if you have stumbled across this page before using the what's your I.D. tool, start there, start the process and then circle back to this page.
here's some of my answers to the what's your I.D. exercise & the formulation of my current expressed intention declaration to the world:
my ultimate purpose: to connect a community of GIVERS who are also thriving entrepreneur leaders.
- what’s important to me? freedom, meaningful challenging work of my choosing, family, friends, respect, authenticity, financial independence and control over my ability to contribute at a high level and on my terms.
what do i want? a freedom-filled fulfilled life on my terms doing the work that I love to do that is sustainable, flexible and profitable. to build a business empire with multiple streams of income that leads to financial independence while connecting a community of GIVERS with profitable businesses.
who do i want to serve? (my ideal client): my ideal clients are determined and frustrated eventual entrepreneurs. i refer to this niche as working entrepreneurs who have already begun the process of starting up but don’t know many of the necessary steps required to successfully exit a job they hate and enter into their fulfilled lives as dedicated entrepreneurs.
how do i want to serve my ideal clients and what is my solution to their problem? i want to provide the roadmap to a fulfilled life and success as defined by him or her. more than simply transitioning from employee to entrepreneur i want to empower those I work with to 1) not settle for a job they hate or a side hustle, 2) identify and own their I.D. as the beginning of their transformation and 3) create a sustainable life plan doing what they love.
what conversations do i enjoy being a part of? Lord knows i am inquisitive and love to dialogue about most anything however the following are at the top of a long list: anything related to problem solving, empowerment, self love, fulfilled lifestyle entrepreneurs, happiness as a choice, creatives, good music, startup culture, leadership, learning, organizational management, intentional connecting, culture, the politics behind politics, fashion, wordy tee shirts, cooking, home improvement, natural living, essential oils, vintage things, running and yoga.
the seven (7) action words that immediately resonate with me are: give, empower, inspire, accomplish, transform, influence and fulfill.
what are my top 5 strengths? this is a loaded question as there are many assessment tools i've taken to answer this question for myself however Gallup's StrengthsFinder tool really sums me up well. according to the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool, my five primary strengths are ideation, intellection, connectedness, learner and input. it's scary how accurate the assessment is.
would i consider myself a Builder, Opportunist, Innovator or Specialist? a specialist primarily with builder coming in a close second according to the Entrepreneurial DNA assessment tool. i highly recommend all entrepreneur leaders (eventual or established) and their team members (internal and external) use this tool to create and understand ideal team dynamics.
what have i done for free and volunteered my time to consistently? helping with startup activities, hack-a-thons and coaching individuals to create their fulfilled lives now.
what are a few things people compliment me about the most? speaking, my inherent ability to motivate and inspire, my keen observations and approachable manner, my candor.
what have others repeatedly said i should consider doing that i was initially hesitant to believe about myself? take my handmade beauty products to market right now.
Using the answers to the questions above allowed me to formulate my I.D. as follows:
i am a change agent and champion for working entrepreneurs. as a student, advocate and practitioner of courageous leadership, candor & startups, i empower frustrated eventual entrepreneurs aiming to be dedicated entrepreneurs leave their dead-end jobs for good, confidently and securely to live a life they love. i help people and organizations connect the dots to become who they say they are.
i hope this exercise and seeing a real-life I.D. in action inspires you to continue to pursue the life you've dreamed of. your I.D. is one of your major keys to creating your fulfilled life. it is your stake in the ground that says...i know who I am, i know what I am meant to achieve, i know who I am meant to help, i know who I need to connect with to contribute at a high level as an entrepreneur leader and i now know how to live the life i love.
now that you've completed step 0, turn your attention to C.U.L.T.I.V.A.T.I.N.G. an ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET.