Small business lessons – how to accept failure and move on

I can’t believe how much time has past by this year, I haven’t even begun to think of plans for 2014. It’s crazy… I have been so busy with my personal life that sadly this blog has been pushed aside. And recently, I mentioned to you on my Facebook Page that things haven’t been fairing so well…my positive outlook mainly. This year, life has thrown me many highs and many lows too. I used to be so good at overlooking the negatives and just moving on.

But sometimes, when you get hit down so many times you start believing in your mind that maybe it’s true…I am a failure. I made these wrong decisions that lead me down this path. Cut a long story short, I was juggling too much on my plate. Which included two businesses, and one didn’t work out. I didn’t want to become a statistic, after all they say ‘more than 50% of start-up businesses fail in their first year’…but it happened and I am reeling from it.

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Turn failure into an open door

So I’m not sure what I should do now…I feel a little lost. And my other business which I am most passionate about has been growing steadily this year. I’m just going to keep taking it to the next level and try to forget about my past failures, or at least learn from my mistakes.

I didn’t have any experience in running a business and I knew I wasn’t prepared with all the numbers. I am the creative type, those numbers and paperwork can be such a bore. But I realise how important they are to supporting what I love doing…something I feel passionate about. So if you are thinking of a great business idea, don’t forget to keep up with the numbers…don’t stop analysing, planning, thinking outside of the box and on top of the money.

Because truth be told, creativity is so much more satisfying to the soul! But being money smart and organising your accounts will make the business happen like clockwork.

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I feel this picture says it all, being a creative you have to be open to criticism from others and yourself, to be free and not even consider the idea of ‘failure’. The fear of failure I learnt can make you second guess yourself, impact your normal reactions and can kill creativity.

The last 12 months, I have been on questioning myself, who am I and can I do this? ┬áThis post was not intended to deter you from pursuing your own dreams, I want you to know that uncertainty and unpreparedness is something you don’t want to have when you start your business. Always been on top of your game and keep the back room running smoothly, or why not hire someone. That way you can keep killin’ it they best way you know how!

You know I always have your back. Don’t ever stop dreaming and don’t give up on your passions!

Have a great weekend

E-von