In the last few years, I have repeatedly wondered how things in my life were happening. I would say it happened by accident or I wasn’t expecting it to happen, viewing both in awe and frustration at the same time. On the business side of life, It all started with initiating a conversation with a friend about possibly writing for him. He saw a gift I didn’t even realize I could use on a grander scale to provide for us financially and asked me if I would be willing to do it. Since that day my career, the one I did not plan to have, took off. It would take blood, sweat, tears, and faith to keep taking steps forward.
Fast forward to almost three years, and it amazes me as I look at the past. The projects I accomplished, the tasks I was able to complete, the events I helped bring to my community, supported or cheered on. Standing in the place I am today, when I look back, I see even my failures as successes. I can see how they either propelled me to change my course or spurred me on to grow in the skills I needed. They were not failures at all. They sure felt like it at the moment. My tears were numerous, and the tantrums of anger happened quite often.
I tiptoed onto the business stage. Stopping at the curtains to see who was sitting in the seats. Entreapnuers and successful businessmen and women I was sure had their crap together both professionally and personally. Ones who I had held on a pedestal, even though I did not realize I had done so. I felt thrilling relief when I learned they too were just people trying to live life.
Some of them had already gone through the process of “Oh, crap, can I do this,” while others are still in the course of asking themselves if their business dream is possible. I heard a phrase once, “those who get it, don’t mind and the ones who do, never will.” I listened to the words, but I didn’t understand them. I certainly do now!
When I started working at the Country Inn & Suites, I was embarrassed. Not at the physical job, I was to do, but the fact that I needed to do it at all. I thought it would show how much our business was struggling and that I would be looked down upon for doing it. Rather, the exact opposite happened. I was applauded and supported by doing what our family needed me to do. In fact, I had friends message me and say we have four, seven or twelve streams of income sources. Life as an entrepreneur is always changing, shifting with crazy ups and downs. It is enough to give anybody a mental breakdown and wonder if you’re out of your mind. You’re not; you’re an entrepreneur.
If you are running a business and you are feeling lonely, wondering if you can keep going and even if it’s worth it to keep going. My team, my tribe of like-minded friends, has been key to my success. Superheroes do not fly alone, they have trusted sidekicks, friends who pick them up when they are too tired to fly, climb or soar any longer.
There are those around you who see your gifts, talents, heart, and skill. People who when you don’t think you can keep going will show up and help carry the load. They may not be the ones you expect either. So, be ready. Ready for change, willing to ask for help and keep asking until you find your tribe, your team.
Keep going because baby steps of faith also move mountains.