So, when I got this crazy notion to become an entrepreneur and start up a Public Relations Boutique, I automatically told myself I couldn't fail. I didn't want to make mistakes because that's how I was raised. I couldn't mess this up. I had too much riding on me making it. It took me some time (about a year or so) to start making mistakes and feeling great about it.
Growing up in a Caribbean household (Haiti, Sak Pase), the slightest mistake on a paragraph of a 3 page essay would result in me starting over from the beginning. My mother thought erasing was ugly, unprofessional and my teachers would take points off my paper because it wasn't neat. Also growing up, there weren't many businesswomen, especially at my age (31) owning their own companies. That was simply unheard of. So I always played it safe. I was told to be a nurse, be a doctor, be a lawyer, be a teacher, but being an entrepreneur?? ARE YOU CRAZY!!! When I first told my parents that I wanted to start a company at the age of 26, surprisingly they were all for it!! Their only request was for me to finish school just in case I failed (play it safe). But guess what?? There's no playing it safe once you become a business owner!!
Here are some quotes I found that tells us that failing is completely fine and actually an Awesome thing:
“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” - Gena Showalter
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley
“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” - Ellen DeGeneres
“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” - Chris Hardwick
I end this post by saying: Whether we like it or not, FAILURE is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. So let's fail, learn from it and get back up!!
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