Navigating the Wait: Embracing Patience and Purpose

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In this episode of “The Mess in the Middle,” Audra Carpenter talks with Melissa Vande Kieft, a seasoned entrepreneur who shares her experiences of navigating periods of waiting and uncertainty in life and business.

Melissa discusses the concept of “living in the wait,” focusing on how these periods can be transformative.

She emphasizes the importance of preparing, protecting, and finding purpose during these times.

The episode covers topics like adapting to change, asking questions, taking risks, and finding joy in the journey of entrepreneurship.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • 01:00 – Melissa’s journey from personal challenges to business success
  • 04:00 – Overcoming frustrations and turning points in life
  • 07:00 – The concept of “living in the wait” in entrepreneurship
  • 10:00 – The role of patience and adaptability in business growth
  • 13:00 – The power of storytelling and sharing personal experiences
  • 17:00 – Strategies for navigating uncertainty in business
  • 20:00 – The importance of community and mentorship
  • 24:00 – Melissa’s approach to finding solutions and innovation
  • 28:00 – The significance of asking the right questions in business
  • 32:00 – Lessons learned from personal and professional waiting periods
  • 36:00 – Embracing change and growth in entrepreneurship
  • 40:00 – Final reflections and advice for entrepreneurs

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