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Monday, February 7, 2011

Failure or a starting point?

In the spirit of yesterday's game, here's a bit of wisdom:

"Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal".
Mike Ditka, Professional football coach

When it comes to starting a business the thought of stepping out for all the world to see can be intimidating and to think that your failures will be public is enough to keep some from pursuing their goals. 
However, if you do not try you will never know what you are capable of.
One week after I launched my line at the L.A.Mart, my husband was in a serious accident.
Needless to say my world was turned upside down. Because of the nature of his injuries I knew our lives would not resemble anything close to normal for quite some time. 

I thought about the loan I had taken to start my business and my first thought was to just give the money back and put the dream on hold. But it was my sweet husband that said to me,"If you don't try you will never know what could have happened". And then he added,"You have the potential to really go somewhere with this."

That was all I needed. I decided to take his advice and stay on course. 
It wasn't easy but what in life that has rewards is? 
About two weeks after he came home from the hospital I received a phone call  from
the J.Johnson Showroom with an offer to represent my line.
And that was the first of many surprises that has pushed me to continually reach for my goals.
There have of course been other obstacles to overcome that are par for the course when producing a product but there are always countless ways to overcome the obstacles.
It is important to keep perspective and surround yourself with quality people that share in your vision. 
Those are two tried and true keys to success.

So I leave you with the cry from the field, "Never surrender"
You may short change yourself of a beautiful dream.


Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

I love it here Sharon ~ you have really done a wonderful wishes and many years of continued success!

Elyse said...

you are inspiring, always!