Pressure makes diamonds.

The team recently attended another event hosted by Creative Mornings GR. The event was part of the organization’s series on Ethics and featured Adam and Jenna Weiler, two Grand Rapids-area folks passionate about social enterprise.

Below are the team’s thoughts, take-aways, and musings concerning the event:

Ethics: what are they? Why are they important?

Jenna and Adam Weiler break it down…

Ethics are a mixture of pain and passion.
Ethics are a mixture of black and white.
Ethics are a mixture of right and wrong.

Ethics are about what’s good for us and, by consequence, what’s good for others.

Jenna and Adam started Ambrose, a commercial screen printing business that employs WMCAT teen alumni as apprentices who learn how to start, run and lead a business. Adam was passionate about the business, passionate about the work he did. Jenna was less so. “Who wouldn’t want to work here? It’s a great organization!” she thought. And then she realized, she didn’t.

But that was okay.

We are not stuck in one job, doing one thing.
We are not stuck on one path, pursuing one passion.

We have a choice – every day – to contribute to the work we are currently involved in, to produce good work for the organizations in which we’re entangled. But we also have the choice – every day – to walk away, to grow in a new capacity, to risk it all, and to follow our dreams.

That’s what Jenna did with Tater Tats.

Some final thoughts:

Adam said this: When you eat sugar, you crave more sugar. You also don’t feel your best. You crash. The same is true in life. You want to build solid ethics? Feed yourself the nutritious stuff. Layoff the Netflix binges and engage in personal development sessions. Look for better, more healthy ways to live and to engage and to seek out your passion.

What’s good for you? What behaviors? What relationships? What habits? What work?

Choose those things.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)