Athletes cannot train or compete well on empty stores. They need to be well-rested, fed and hydrated. They need to know the technique and the rules and have developed the muscle mass or endurance.

Entrepreneurs cannot lead well on empty stores. They need strong intuition, experience, and examples ready to draw on to choose the way forward. They need inspiration to move towards or desperation to move from. They need a bank of confidence, there when they need it.

Artists cannot make art on empty stores. They need raw materials, paint, paper or pens. They need ideas, knowledge, stories from all sources. They need new stimulus or new perspectives and new ways of looking at old concepts.

Building up stores happens long before the competition is won, the business is a success, or the art is complete. It’s the foundation for everything.

How are you staying stocked?