An Open Discussion About Your Failure Story

roadblocks

It’s not typical to openly talk about how roadblocks are a natural part of the entrepreneurial journey. This is especially true when you’re trying to sell the idea of entrepreneurship giving you access to tons of fun in the sun, 4 hour work weeks, and 6 or more figures in as little time possible. Yet, we do each other a disservice by not sharing the reality of what most of us have to do…which is work our butts off. This usually means gaining an inch just to be pushed back a few feet before we have our “overnight success”.

I’ve been studying movements this month. As a result, I currently view movement creation as a form of entrepreneurship. Movements are a lot of work, they take time to catch fire, and they meet opposition from people who haven’t a clue about the fire starter or what said fire starter went through to even get to a place where her name is on their lips. I also know that to create a movement and keep its legacy alive, you will need fierce dedication, you will need to keep yourself from losing your mind, and you will need support from other people who empathize with you, who get what you’re fighting for, and of course who will fight the good fight alongside you in some capacity (even if that means as a mentor or an adviser).  After all, we all need somebody to lean on.

And so, I love this movement happening within the entrepreneurial communities. It’s full of compassionate advocacy. Here, in certain circles, the word vulnerable is not a catch phrase, and authentic isn’t a gimmick.

Here, we Toast to Truths about being Homeless while Running our Businesses.

Here, we talk about how other women who are supposed to guide us and look out for our best interest tell their fellow sisters that they won’t amount to anything and yet, still we rise.

Here, we talk about the fact that entrepreneurs are committing suicide because we are not adequately addressing the mental health care needs of those who organize and manage enterprises in our society.

Here, we talk about how there were some, who despite tremendous obstacles, namely systemic oppression simply because of the color of their skin, fought for their own financial independence and opened the door for women like me and you.

Here, we fall down and get back up and fall down and we get back up again.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around my small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”-Muhammad Ali

Until Next Time…Peace!

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