Friday, April 8, 2016

Are you stepping outside your comfort zone?

Erin Brodbeck, LCSW, CT,
Director of Grief Services,
Center for Loss & Healing
When you think about your life and who inspired you and helped shape who you are, is there one person that stands out? For me, that person is my grandfather, James “Big Jim” Darby. He is one of the most innovative people I know. He, along with my parents, have been amazing teachers in the value of hard work and perseverance. I am who I am because of them, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

My grandpa is a very hard working man. And, if you didn’t know already, he is being honored with the 2016 ICCFA Lasting Impact Award at this year’s ICCFA Convention and Expo in New Orleans on Thursday, April 14. It truly amazes me to think about how he got where he is today. He literally started from the ground up. He constantly fought and struggled, and was forced to step outside of his comfort zone. But, eventually, he created something amazing.

As a vault dealer, funeral home and cemetery, you have to believe in what you do and force yourself to step outside your comfort zone to really make a difference. You have to push, struggle and fight to get anywhere that is worth going. You can make a difference just like my grandfather has, you just have to push yourself and find a way to make yourself heard. Stop telling yourself that you can’t, and just do it. Your only limitation is your own imagination.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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