Jul
05

Do Not Enter

Do Not Enter cautions the sign on the red door. John stood there looking at it, wondering what to do.

The guy at the bar told him that the first red door was the fastest way out of The Blue Bike Shop, but surely he must have been mistaken. And yet there were nothing BUT red doors, with the same Do Not Enter boldly lettered down the hallway as far as he could see.

“What a strange place,” thought John. ” Nothin’ but blue bikes and red doors…”

The Blue Bike Shop was a brand new shop in downtown Nowhere. And it was filled with blue bikes in every configuration imaginable: trikes, unicycles, bicycles built-for-two, mountain bikes, racing bikes and blue peddlers for the leisurely traveler. The Blue Bike Shop had quickly become a hot spot in Nowhere. After all, The Blue Bike Shop served lunch and drinks at the Bike Bar. It was a great excuse for John to check out all the blue bikes and dream.

John had grown up in Nowhere and had never been outside its city limits. John lived down Rural Route 7, a long dirt road, which eventually, if you stayed on it long enough, would take you out of town.

Today was the day John decided he was going to begin his ride out of town.

Impulsively that morning, John had decided after lunch at the Bike Bar, with every dollar he had saved in his pocket from his job at Solo Staffing Services in his pocket, he was finally going to buy that blue Schwinn he had his eye on.

He was so excited the clerk handed him a shot of Don Julio to celebrate as the cash he handed over to him quickly became the bike in his dream. With John’s throat on fire and his heart pounding John asked “Tell me, what’s the fastest way out of town.”

The clerk smiled and said, “Go down the hall, and take the first red door you see. It’s the fastest way.”

2007 schwinn classic cruiser slick chick blue women's globalSeveral minutes had passed as John stood in front of the red door with his new shiny blue Schwinn, reflecting on the clerks last words.

“Why in the world, would this guy have told me to go through this red door if it was not the right door?” John thought.

John had never walked through a door that said “Do Not Enter” in his life. He also had never spent his entire life’s savings on a blue bike and a dream.

John looked down the hall at the other red doors and again at all the other Do Not Enter signs and then reached for the knob to his own.

“What the hell. All my life, people have been telling me “Do Not Enter” this, or do that, or try this, because it is too hard, too risky, too much work or too… something. It’s time I try to go somewhere I want to go.”

When John opened the door, this is what he saw.

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“Enter to take your art-your creativity- your genius someplace you want it to go.” ~Lisa Canning

 

Lisa Canning 09Lisa Canning is the founder of IAEOU, the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship (IAE) and Entrepreneur the Arts.

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  • This is a great message. And the way you deliver it, makes it even more powerful.. In the end, it is only ourselves who are responsible for what we achieve in our lives… and sometimes we have to do what we know is the most scarry or the most difficult… Events in our lives that change us, change our souls inside and make us different people. Take a step, and your path will be more clear. The journey can begin. Toast to you Lisa and Happy 4th of July.

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