Jeff Bezos has lost millions of dollars in bad ideas. He wrote off $170 million in the failed Fire Smartphone alone. Steve Jobs launched and lost a multimillion dollar company, NEXT. Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame failed and lost everything multiple times before finding success with his recipe… in his sixties! All of this to say that we business people, entrepreneurs, need to keep in mind that we are not failures. Our ideas are not evidence that we are failing. They are evidence that we are evolving. Businesses evolve. It is only the ones that truly fail are those that fail to evolve.
Here’s another truth: the best companies do not evolve because they are simply the best. No. Their ability to evolve, adapt, shift, fail, and rise again, is what makes them the best. You are as defined by your failures as you are by your successes, and I say it is high time to prove to yourself and your business just how resilient you are. You started what you are doing, coaching, guiding, leading, building because you have a passion for this work, for entrepreneurship, for the chance to really make a difference in your life and the lives of others on your own terms. Now is the time to take a good look in the mirror and remind yourself just how adaptable and evolved you are.
Why now? Because failure is pretty normalized right now. Even some of the big guys are struggling. So why is that in your favor? Because you’re in good company. The pandemic mixed with a wild election year made everything feel uncertain and unstable, which is the perfect time to let the puzzle pieces fall where they may and then put them back together in a way that really makes sense to you. Write off your losses. Sure. But do not give up. Fall down. Yes. But get back up! You’ve got this.
The only thing that separates you from being the next Einstein, the next Bezos, the next JK Rowling, the next Oprah, is your grit, your passion. If you’ve already made the leap into entrepreneurship, the hard part is over. Everything else is simply a matter of trusting yourself enough to know that you can come back from anything.
So, after the glorious holiday season that somehow magically managed to prove to us all that miracles do indeed happen, I’m asking you to create your own miracle – the miracle of believing in yourself. No matter what.
Need help getting there? That’s what I’m here for!
Let’s make the magic happen.