The more you become who you are, the greater the impact you'll make through your work

I never pictured myself as a business owner, but my list of "random and seemingly useless" skills was growing longer by the day. I had recently retired as a professional cyclist and graduated with a degree taught in a language I was still trying to understand. I knew I was capable of something but that something never quite fit into an exciting job description (or any job description at all). I love biking, but biking alone wasn't going to provide stability, so I started a cycling travel company, Lucca Cycling Club. Bike rides started flying off my virtual shelves, and that's when I finally found a way to channel my strengths and get paid to be 100% me.

There's no better feeling or sense of accomplishment than offering what you excel at. Yet, as an entrepreneur, your business only grows as fast as you do. Without a clear vision of where you're going and what you're planning to achieve, a business can become a giant, untamable, time-consuming, cash-eating monster. Hands down, the keys to my success are investing in skills and working with others who've raised my belief ceiling. I'm here to remind you that your work matters and also to help you get paid to be the highest, most expansive expression of yourself.

Here's what I know: some of your greatest assets in business and life are qualities like

Connection

Joy

Honesty

Hard Work

Creativity

Connection

Joy

Honesty

Hard Work

Creativity

No matter how insurmountable your ideas may seem, there are more ways than ever to get there.

This is coming from someone who moved to Italy with a one-way flight, a suitcase and a bike. A plan helps, yet I've seen time and time again, good things come to those who take action (not those who wait).

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