Do You Fail Well?

When the business fails, how do you cope with the uncertainty of not knowing what is next?

With the passion for people and the intention of making people aware that creativity does not mean perfection, embracing the call to start a small paint and wine business is often the biggest challenge anyone could face. Embarking on the journey of starting the business, the courage was strong, and the challenges often seem stronger, but yet resilience prevailed.

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There are statistics that state, it takes five years for a business to see a return on its investment, and most businesses close after one year. Being a risk-taker meant having the audacity to believe that the business would eventually succeed, but the truth was, there were mistakes made that painted the opposite picture. From the beginning of the build-out to the expense of marketing, the capital began on a downward spiral and there was no fixing it. As it spiraled out of control, desperation reared its ugly head, and regret proposed obscurity. With no savior on the horizon, reality materialized the worst nightmare and the realization that the dream business you fought so hard for, would find its way in the box of the one-year demise.

Deciding to close was the hardest decision to arrive at, but it was the only decision because a miracle was unforeseeable. Every day was a crying fest and the feeling of failure began to edge closer and closer. The strength to keep on going began to fade, and all that was left was the belief that all that could be done, had been done and nothing could deflect that truth.

Uncertain of what the future held; it came time to grieve for the purpose-driven business that held so much potential. But the thought of being still at the stop sign of failure seemed to hinder the process of grieving. Will there be a moment to stand still? To allow the sadness of not knowing what’s next to wash over you. Failure becomes the only word that seems to ring true, but yet friends choose to comfort with the words of, it was a learning opportunity, but will you ever believe it?

Desiring to grieve for what was lost, understanding that it’s okay to fail and embracing the feeling of being lost, I resolved to fully grieve with every intention of not dwelling in the despair of failing.

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