We often hear people ask of those who have accomplished what they’ve been working hard to achieve, “what’s one thing you wish someone had told you about becoming so and so”?” Being the entrepreneur it was always the question of what did you wish you knew about the journey of starting your own business.
It’s no secret to anyone who has created a great business or even for those who have attempted, that starting a business is not for the faint of heart. When I got started in business just over 3 years ago, I was fresh, eager, hopeful and excited. No one could have told me then what was to come on the journey ahead, that days of feeling hopeful would transition into days of feeling like a complete failure.
That days of being clear on exactly what you’re doing would turn into days of complete confusion about who you are and what you have to offer.
That days of confidence could quickly turn into days of feeling like a complete fraud.
That days of investing in your business could turn into days of feeling that you squandered money.
Or those days of realising that who you are, your current habits and moment of laziness were just not going to cut it. That though you could do whatever you felt like, it surely wasn’t prudent to always be doing only what you felt like doing.
But before all those moment came flooding into my journey of learning the art of creating a successful business (one that makes money), I’m grateful for the woman I came across early in my journey who shared her story. She shared her story authentically. Her story of many months of struggling down to her very last dollar or learning and growing, hours at her computer working and toiling but making nothing. Borrowed as much as she could, till she had nothing more to get, to the point of making the decision to quit because financially there was just nothing more to call on.
Then, her waking up the next morning deciding no,”I’m going to finish this”. That very week, making over US$100k in 8 days.
She told her story of cycling through failing, learning and growing till eventually figuring out how to get it right.
She prepared me for what was to come, and because of her authentic story, no matter what came, I knew it was going to be ok, because I knew it was a part of the journey, I knew I was on the right path, because of her story.
Her story kept me believing in my dream. Her story kept me living into my dream.
She taught me that your real story, not just the pretty story, but the whole story, gore and all, can literally set someone free from thinking their alone and abandoning their dream, their calling.
She taught me the value of giving my story.
Are you giving the gift of your story?