I always wanted to ride a motorcycle. It was one of those secret dreams I kept locked away.
But learning how to ride wasn't an easy journey for me. About 15 years ago I took my first motorcycle test and FAILED.
This was a huge blow to my ego and it hit me deep. I felt like a failure so I gave up trying for many years.
I went back to riding on the back of my boyfriend's motorcycle dreaming about the day I could ride my own bike. I let my ego get the best of me and didn't tell anyone because I was so embarrassed and ashamed.
It took me a long time to "get over it" and try again. But I did try again and this time it was because I WANTED IT and I wouldn’t let my fear stand in the way.
This time, I passed! I floated for DAYS.
I think about how this story applies to being a business owner. It would have been easy for me to not try again. But what a loss that would have been.
It's easy to feel like a failure when you put something out there and hear crickets ... The reality is not every idea is going to resonate and that's OK. Don't let that stop you from trying new things.
It takes time to figure out what works and what doesn't. Keep changing things up and challenging yourself in your business and if you fail, TRY AGAIN.
It's through our failures that we truly learn.
I recently read this by Jill Coleman about giving up that I think sums it up perfectly:
"Giving up is easy. It's effortless. And because succeeding takes messing up, struggling, enduring obstacles and failures, most people will shy away. It's too uncomfortable, too painful, too much risk. And I get that. And I've felt that way a million times. You think why bother? Who cares? And when that happens, remember: YOU DO. You care. Even when no one else does. Because your dreams matter. Your goals and aspirations mean something. They represent you building your resiliency, weathering the storms, adjusting, trying again, getting better and racking up small wins, one at a time, all of which add up to big successes. Don't wait for someone else to tell you you're an expert or that you can do it. You'll be waiting a long time. Instead, just own it and jump. Yes, it's scary and what if I look like an idiot and what if no one supports me and what if someone calls me out? It's tough. But the alternative is *not* trying. Giving up on something you want. And I don't know about you, but that's becoming less and less of an option for me." -Jill Coleman