99% of us will fail.
Actually, 100% of us will fail.
Just choose to be the 1%
that keeps going.
First written in 2021 |
Last week, due to a worsening nursing shortage in our state and local communities, I received a letter offering a $20,000 sign on bonus to come back to work at our regional hospital as a RN.
That’s a lot of money, and yet it took literally less than two seconds for me to answer the question as to whether or not that interested me. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was $50,000.
While I still miss my co workers, there isn’t a single day that passes that I question what I am doing.
Entrepreneurship saved my life. Not in any sort of literal way, but in all the ways that we never see. The way that so many of us, I imagine, need to be saved. But never are.
"Entrepreneurship is the best, most rewarding, most infuriating, most insane roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on, and I love it more every day.."
I guess you could say I was born to be an entrepreneur. I mean, at the age of 8 I was creating pretend shops and stores to sell my homemade mud pies in; at the age of 10 I would spend hours creating a price guide for the neighbors regarding the various services I offered such as dog walking or babysitting. It didn’t really matter that I had no transportation; I needed the vision, needed to dream up what could be.
At 14 I was selling homemade granola and bread at our church.
At 15, although I secretly hated playing, I learned enough acoustic guitar that I could get away with charging for music lessons.
At 4am most mornings I would sneak into my Mom’s library, get on our one computer with dialup internet, and create digital “banners” and sell them online to strangers whom were somehow convinced they should trust me for their business marketing. Of course, that meant I had to teach myself html coding, which I did. I distinctly remember my first sale; I guess I won’t ever forget that feeling.
"Entrepreneurship saved my life."
I grew up slowly, found pain, love, bills, pain, and a lot of hard lessons. I temporarily forgot all of the things that made me, me. There was so much to learn, I guess. So much money seemingly wasted, on nursing school, and student loans. A single mother way too young, meant there was no choice but to keep moving forward. I would never be a statistic, I said. So, 8 years given to an industry that needed me, but that I hated with every fiber of my being.
I am not sure when I finally knew I had to get out, get free. I like to romanticize that it was probably somewhere between a Tony Robbins or a Jack Canfield book, and a road trip through the badlands with just some Bruce Springsteen and some O.A.R. to keep me company. I’m not real sure. But I do know that Romans 8:28 was in my heart the whole time, too.
The incessant pull to the one thing that makes me feel alive, never went away. Entrepreneurship is the best, most rewarding, most infuriating, most insane roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on, and I love it more every day. I only wish that all those who are lost without it, would listen to the call. It’s extremely hard… like, you won’t be able to breathe hard…. emotionally, mentally, physically. And, maybe that is exactly why many never will embrace the constant voice that calls them, towards a different life.
And that’s what this post is all about. It hurts me, like truly physically hurts me, that so many people are afraid of pain. Somehow, thanks to entrepreneurship, I finally came to realize that pain, that failure, that bad things that happen to us, that loss and hurt and bad luck, that it’s all the BEST thing that could ever happen to us. Those are EXACTLY what we need, if we ever want to be great at anything. We have to go through hard things, and experience failures, and get punched in the face, in order to 1) understand what it feels like to overcome and build resilience and 2) to GET BETTER. Failure is the ultimate adaptation device because it teaches us what DOESN’T work. It is SUCH a small price to pay, for wisdom. Entrepreneurship taught me that.
Entrepreneurship is the greatest optional challenge I’ll ever face, and the one I would give up $20,000 for in two seconds, like it was nothing. 99% of us will fail. 99% of us will fail, and then quit. Just don’t quit. Keep going…. Be the 1% that gets up and keeps going, every time. #onepercenter4life