A big thankyou to David Wilson who wrote this article. I was so glad to be a part of it because it’s a topic, that I am very passionate about and that is, of NEVER EVER giving up.
You see, as the article expresses, business life hasn’t been and is rarely easy. That’s what sets businessowners apart. The successful ones keep bouncing back. And that is a trait, if you don’t have, you need to acquire it.
I often get asked “How do I do it all?”
They’re referring to my hectic and busy life. Not only do I run http://www.rubiconretail.com.au/ which I started from scratch, but I also compete in my beloved sport of showjumping. Combined with that, I recently discovered the joys of road cycling. Initially to remove the extra winter kilos, but of late, am enjoying the world of racing. Having such sports take up valuable time to train and stay fit so how do I do it?
I plan. I organise my days and weeks to fit everything in. If i need more time, I get up early or work late. Always remembering to allocate time for my family.
That’s where many businessowners get it wrong. You have to look after your business! It comes first! You need to nurture it. Not what it provides.
Oh, and I’m not suggesting your family arent a priority,
It’s all about balance but more importantly, when you have passionate hobbies, you have to be great at bouncing back from disappointment and/or simply being unable to participate.
And that is the same with business. Not being able to play in the market you want, not participating where the opportunities are, losing business, gaining clients, bad months and great months…it’s no different but whatever the situation you have to bounce back.
I can count numerous times, too many actually,where I felt the rug was pulled out from under me. Most times, through no fault of my own. I questioned being in business, I questioned people’s ethics but there has always been one common denominator, I never ever gave up.
If you don’t give up, you will look for new opportunities and often they are right there in front of you. You rarely question WHY but you WILL ask yourself HOW can you MAKE it happen.
The article tells a part of my life where I went from total happiness to despair in weeks…What would you have done? Would you have taken a risk on your last $6?