Ohana (oh-HAH-nah). Family, relation, kin.
I am tourist-overrun Oahu, Hawaii. It's hot. It's humid. And I am with a boatload of my in-laws...
For some people, this could be the opening sentence to their obituary. Not me. Astonishingly, not.
I come from a small, kinda scattered family. The concept of a loud, diverse, crazy, annoying, dysfunctional and yet amazingly strong, functional and beautifully insane group of people who have your back, no matter what, was quite foreign in the beginning.
And then... I started getting it. It may have been our wedding day before I did. It was overwhelmingly emotional to understand the meaning on a visceral level. To actually feel it. And to get the concept of just HOW MUCH and HOW MANY it includes. The blood family. The adopted family. The chosen family. The friends, the neighbors, the colleagues, the community.--that's the beauty of Ohana. Though there are boundaries, there are no limits.
Why am I talking about this in a business blog?
Here's the thing: Ohana is your support network. If you really want to do some things differently and make that quantum leap in your business where your impact and influence broadens significantly, you can't do it without your Ohana.
Start thinking now. Who do you want to play with? Who do you love hanging out with and who is your biggest supporter, challenger and has your back no matter what? Those are the people you want on your team.
Build your Ohana so you can do what you do best. LEAD your business.