Word for the Week: Failure
Definition: To be unsuccessful in achieving one's goal.
Insight: You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by a certain age. Whatever your dream is, it’s not too late to achieve it. – Nancy Hilleren Mclean
Many small business owners have seen their dreams dashed against the rocks and cliffs of the COVID pandemic and for some it’s going to be a big job picking up the pieces, putting everything back together again. The main thing is to keep your dreams. Do not abandon your passion.
Although messages of hope and inspiration are a constant and can be easily found, I wanted to send out this message today, especially to those who may feel exhausted and spent. If you’ve ever had the entrepreneurial calling, now is not the time to quit and now is not the time to lose focus on your dreams.
Yes, you may need to put energy into a job that is not in alignment with your ultimate goals, but you should never abandon your dreams, particularly if you’re feeling that your age is a barrier. For inspiration, and evidence I’ve listed some well-known public figures who may not have been faced with a pandemic, but definitely experienced their share of challenges in getting their passion acknowledged by the world:
At age 40, Stan Lee released his first big comic book.
At age 42, Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting.
At age 46, Samuel L. Jackson got his first movie role.
At age 52, Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role.
At age 57, Kathryn Bigelow reached international success with The Hurt Locker.
At age 78, Grandma Moses began her painting career in earnest.
At age 78, Louise Bourgeois was first recognized as a great artist.
I’m only mentioning a few here, in order to say you should….
Never tell yourself you’re too old to make things happen.
Never tell yourself you’ve missed your chance.
Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.
Whatever it is that ignites your passion; keep adding kindling.
And on the practical side, please keep building your database with people whom you believe in and those who believe in you. Communicate with them on a consistent basis. Don’t let them forget for one moment that you are still in the game.
I have lots of strategies to help you attract the right people to your database. Let’s chat about the possibilities!
Until next time; as always, remember… In business, your database is your most valuable asset