I had just left my job as a Fortune 100 executive. I was going for my dream of being an entrepreneur full time.
No more salary.
No safety net.
Just me and my dream.
I lost everything and filed bankruptcy - all in four months.
What happened as a result, was the most exhilarating period of my life. I was forced to reinvent myself. Once you've had a bite of the apple, there is no turning back. Although success didn't find me as quickly as I wanted it to, it eventually found me.
It found me because there is no competition at the top. Most people give up on their dream after failing. It's no fun to lose money and pride but what you realize is by getting back up and trying again, you leave all the pretenders behind.
Your vision becomes crystal clear.
I was in the right zip code, just the wrong neighborhood
I knew I had a powerful dream but took the wrong approach the first time.
Thankfully we all get more than one shot. It's up to you whether you want the second shot or not. It's just a decision.
The reason I post this short story is because I see many posts titled:
Should I quit my job?
How do you keep going?
One answer to all of these: Take Action
You will never gain the experience you need if you don't take action.
When I was leaving the bankruptcy trustee's office in 2005, having signed my name on the most humiliating document of my life, the trustee gave me this advice:
"Mr. Crowley, I highly suggest you take a more conservative approach to life and put your entrepreneurial dreams on hold for awhile."
I listened for a moment, then went back to my office to buy an $8 domain name that would launch my real dream - the one I should have went after from the very beginning.
All it took was $8 and I was on my way. The bankruptcy trustee had good intentions in telling me to relax for awhile but didn't understand the Power Of A Dream.
Don't let failure keep you down.
Don't listen to people who don't understand what's inside of you.
Take action and gain momentum. It doesn't matter how small the action, just do something. Once you get going - things will begin to happen that you never would have dreamed.
There's a symphony playing in every cemetery in the world. These are the people who died with the music still in them.
Don't let that be you.