Don't give up 8 feet before you hit Gold
I will get back to that.
When I was 19 I started my own company. I was 2 years in the workforce by then and employed as a clerk in a Freight company. It was a well-established business and a secure number. Nevertheless, something inside told me to throw caution to the wind and do it myself.
I set up an office in my bedroom, which was in my mum and dad's house. This was 1983, so no computer or even a fax machine. A desk, the family landline and a typewriter to send out sales letters...by post of course..and invoices for the work done.
I was very naive about it. No financial backing and a limited number of customers who I could steal from my multinational giant ex employer. I didn't earn very much. I had holes in my shoes from the lack of income. I did manage to secure a small office premises and employed a couple of staff who I paid more than I paid myself. I think that the only reason the Bank agreed to provide an overdraft was pure amazement that the business survived for more than 2 months.
This is not going to be one if those rags to riches stories I'm afraid. I managed to keep the business going for 4 years until a sympathetic customer suggested that I come and work for them and get the comfort of a regular wage.
So that's what I did. I surrendered my dream and stayed as an employee of one sort or another for years afterwards...until this year.
Now I have rekindled my entrepreneurialism and have that spring back in my step.
What I did get from my experience was a tremendous sense of control and freedom. What I lacked was focus and belief that another push would make the difference between the struggle I was in and the potential to transform into a successful business.
I read Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich a while back. He relates the story of a man who headed over to the West during the Gold Rush. He had borrowed from his family and friends to but the equipment needed for prospecting and lo and behold he struck Gold.
He did quite well and invested in more machinery, but after a while the seam ran dry. He kept going for a while but to no avail. So, he gave up. He headed back East, sold the machinery to pay his debts and went on to other projects.
The man he sold the machinery to went straight back to the seam where the first man had left off. Just 8 feet further along the line from the original dig, he struck Gold. Only this time it was a far bigger seam and made the man his fortune.
Would I have made my fortune by persevering? I don't know. Perseverance may not lead precisely to where you think it will, but it will lead you somewhere. I have seen enough to understand that sometimes it is darkest just before the dawn. Quite often, what we really need is a change of tactics to shift a logjam.
Moving past the feeling of wanting to give up on an important project is not easy, but if you try to surround yourself with positive and encouraging people and reflect on stories like those above and many others just like it, perhaps you will grit your teeth and see what is just around the next corner.
You may even get just what you want.
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