In today’s podcast I am going to share what I learned about myself… and the recovery process of overcoming failure. I am going to dive into my own personal journey. This is not easy for me, but I think it is important. We don’t talk about failure, and therefore many people suffer in silence.
I believe that through sharing my story, others who are struggling can find hope. Maybe that person is you. Maybe that person is a friend or family member. (If so share this with them) I want you to know that you are not alone.
After my construction business failed in bankruptcy in 2009, I really struggled. I was stuck in the failure and the past and unable to move forward. I had to learn how to start over… but I was a wreck. Everything I had poured myself into, and all of my hopes and dreams were dashed. My self confidence was shot, my “good name” ruined and I was depressed.
I wondered if anyone would ever need me and if I could ever make a positive contibution again. I wondered if I could ever provide for my family.
These were dark days. I tried to help small businesses then, but I wasn’t in any shape to be able to do that.
Looking back, These are the three things I did to get Unstuck.
- I paid attention to what was going on inside of me emotionally
- I shared with friends and family who were close to me
- I started doing something productive. (Almost by accident)
Doing something productive got me going in a forward motion… the worst thing was sitting at home, filling out applications, and collecting unemployment. For my own morale, I needed to contribute.
This past spring I had a similar experience… I had left my job to start my own business doing construction work, so that I could figure out my path.
Then I got hurt, and we lost our income for a month and a half and it was a slow road back. During that time, I figured out that I wanted to help people and not continue in construction. I tried to launch an organic farm ititiative, but was unsuccessful and I had to keep searching. But this time, I got moving much faster, I went to work with a landscape company and built from there.
We all experience failure. Don’t quit. The sun comes up tomorrow. Grow as a person. Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.
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