If you want to get my mom, sister and myself laughing at the drop of a hat, just ask us how many businesses we’ve started. Every once in a while, the three of us will take a step back and really just entertain the number of times we’ve tried. Between the three of us, I think we’ve had a business in almost every industry: Beauty, e-commerce, web development, real estate, travel, retail, and that’s not even half of them.
We are a very close family, and its safe to say, although we’ve all held jobs, none of us ever felt content within them. We didn’t see the longterm benefits of working hard to fulfill someone else’s legacy. We tried.
Having our own business’ always made sense. But even though it made sense, doesn’t mean it always worked. A few were successful but ultimately, they didn’t give us the freedom we truly desired. Some were absolute fails lol. Like why the hell did you even bother fails. Why didn’t you just throw the money in the garbage instead, (at least someone would have found it) FAILS!
But even with every fail, we always got back up, brushed off our dusty egos and tried just one more time.
I can see why entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.
I can see how damaging to your psyche failure can be if you allow it. But on the flip side, the side that makes me brainstorm new business ideas every day, I can also see how much of a better person each “failure” has forced me to become. How much more prepared I am for the unexpected moments in life.
I joke more often than I probably should, that I am a jack of all trades and a master of none. But maybe that is what I’ve mastered. Maybe that is my gift. That single thing that I may know about a specific subject, may just be the one thing a struggling entrepreneur needed to hear.
Maybe the standing ovation act of my life is that I can connect with people and help them based on my past “failures”. I guess I haven’t failed at all. Not once. Because each time I have fallen, I learned a valuable lesson that catapulted me into my next great big idea.
With each fall I’ve gotten closer to this moment, where I can say yes, I know success, I’ve known success all my life.
“Success is doing the unthinkable; Getting up, every single time you fall”.