[CLOSED] Entrepreneurship Tech Bundle Contest
Are you ready to take your idea to the next level? Launching off into the unknown, as we are discussing now , can be very scary. Whether you are pursuing the entrepreneurship lifestyle, chasing a business goal or working on a personal pursuit - we want to help. So we've hand-picked a few of the most well-suited tech tools to get you started on your new journey or keep you hustling towards your shooting star. And since we don't have a bundle for everyone, we've created a contest designed to award this tech bundle to one of you in hopes that you can keep pursuing your vision and help inspire each other to do the same. So, in the comments below, please tell us below how winning this tech bundle would help fuel your entrepreneurial and life goals. How To Enter: Submit an original written essay containing 200 – 500 words in response to...
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  • My background includes bachelor's degrees in accounting and business management, with minors in mathematics, computer science, and a lot of hours in history.  I spent years in finance and information technology working hard to fulfill statutory obligations month-in and month-out.  Then I became a mother of three (one with special needs)  After taking a lengthy hiatus from the corporate world to raise and homeschool my children, my nest is now empty.  The idea of returning to the office fills me with dread and anxiety due to the length of my absence from the workplace, as well as social anxiety that I have developed over the years.  I have been trying to figure out what to do next.  I keep finding myself drawn to voice performance, and I would love to explore fields such as audiobook narration, voice-over work, and the like.  With this terrific prize package and a little investment in some acoustic paneling and other soundproofing materials, I believe I could get started!  I already acquired a couple of starter microphones and a DAC setup. For an introvert like me with social anxiety, I believe this is a sustainable enterprise/

    About me personally, I enjoy spending time with my animals, as well as baking, reading, and learning.  Connecting people with helpful and/or useful information is a passion - not for my glorification but because I feel a compulsion to help.  Compulsion is a strong word, I realize.  Additionally, I am a grammar nerd and a lifelong fan of the Oxford comma.  

    If any of the community members have advice to share, I would be very grateful!

  • I loved life.  Growing up, I always had an eagerness and desire to experience everything in life.  This desire has led me to a lot of amazing opportunities and also a lot of disappointments.

    When I was a Freshman in High School, I had the amazing opportunity to be in the Rose Parade with my marching band.  It was a once in a lifetime experience and I was eager to be part of this timely tradition on New Years Day.  Early in the morning on January 1, 1997, I marched with 400 other band members down Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, California.  The air was cold and fresh, the wool uniforms were pristine, the months of practice was apparent.   As we marched past the television cameras, the TV hosts, Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards, commented how straight our lines were and how great we sounded.  I was thrilled to be part of something larger than me. I loved life. 

    Just a few short years later, when I was a Senior in High School, our marching band was invited back again to march in the Rose Parade.  This was unprecedented for a High School to be in the Rose Parade more than once every 4 years.  I was excited to take part again in something that defined my first year of High School.  But something had changed.  The desire to practice and prepare for this incredible event was gone.  Not just with me, but also with many of the other Seniors that had already been in the Rose Parade.  On New Year's Eve, instead of sleeping early, I stayed out all night with friends eventually waking to a call from my Mother that I was late to the parade.  She raced to pick me up and dropped me off just in time to jump on the bus to the parade route.  But then when we arrived I realized that my tenor saxophone had not been put on the bus.  I had to call my Mother to drive 30 minutes to the route to drop it off.  She arrived just in time.  And I jumped in line with the rest of the marching band.  However, I was so tired that I could hardly keep up.  The lack of attention to practice left me unprepared.  Our lines weren't so straight.  Our sound wasn't so great.  I was disappointed and discouraged and wanted to just give up and not try again.  Why work towards something that doesn't have the excitement it used to have?

    Churchill famously said in 1941 at the start of World War II when many thought England would surrender within weeks:
    “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

    Our greatest enemy is ourselves: our pursuits in life that lead us down the wrong path, our doubts that lead us not to trust God, our fears that lead us to short cuts and failures, our apathy that leads us to give up.  But the giver of life has also given us the the way through his Son to walk in our convictions of honor and integrity and to never give in and never give up.

    So now my love of life has changed to a love of the giver of life.  My goal is to pursue him in all the experiences in life and trust him with everything. This is something I try every day to instill in our business and employees.  The Lenovo tech bundle prize package would be used by me or one of my employees to help serve our customers not only with excellent service but with the goal of encouraging them to also have a love of the giver of life and to never give in.

  • Thank you for your entry Steven. The judges and I were so engaged in your wonderful storytelling and so thankful for the opportunity to become a part of it. We greatly wish you and your company the best in the pursuit of your goals. Happiness and health to you and yours this holiday season!

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  • Thank you for your entry Steven. The judges and I were so engaged in your wonderful storytelling and so thankful for the opportunity to become a part of it. We greatly wish you and your company the best in the pursuit of your goals. Happiness and health to you and yours this holiday season!

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