Plan A: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again
Stephanie Seymour by Horst Diekgerdes for Elle US September 2011
There was jpeg on someone’s blog that read, “If Plan A fails, remember that you have 25 letters left.” I chuckled and saved it to my desktop as inspiration for when the going gets tough.
Entrepreneurs and the plenty of folk who dare to dream do so at the risk of losing everything. It’s undoubtedly unnerving because at our core, we humans long for security. No matter how off-beaten we’d like our path to be.
I often remark that if I could just do x, then y would be z, so I was appreciative for the reminder of just how much hard work it takes being your own CEO in the article entitled, “Maybe It’s Time for Plan C” in Sunday’s edition of the New York Times.
Alex Williams created an honest story that informs you of the uncertainty of business ownership. Some are disillusioned by the allure of starting your own, that they forget that you’d better really, really want to do this. Not because it’s glamorous, or you’ll have free time in your schedule, but because it’s gritty, hard and sometimes more work than your old job — but it’s your very own endeavor. Of the accounts told in the story, there was only one entrepreneur who threw in the towel and returned to her previous job.
I can relate to those business owners mentioned in the article – and I’m sure you can too. I simply couldn’t fathom my life without Heirloom of Style! For now, I’m okay with being the renaissance woman computing formulas for profit in accounting to creating a cohesive marketing plan — Twitter handle included. I’ll suck it up until I’m fortunate enough to increase my employee roster.
There are some times though when I want nothing more than to be asleep, finished for the day or just on a ‘regular’ path for a slither of time going to happy hour with my friends, and not worrying about a thing.
But then, I discover a new designer, a beautiful necklace or a new story worth telling.
Life is what you make it and you’ve got to have the gusto for entrepreneurship. I make a crap load of mistakes but I’m learning from them. Not to mention the small victories that are satisfactory enough for me to give my dreams a fighting chance.
Did you read the article yet and if so, what are your thoughts on it?