I was speaking to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at a local university in Southern California recently, and a specific insight seemed to resonate with the group (and with me) above everything else. Q&A has the power to bring up ideas or concepts that you haven’t thought about in a long time and this was one I wanted to share…
You will never make it. You will never arrive at the point where you have it all figured out, and the sooner you can wrap your head around this the better.
It’s easy for all of us to put others on a pedestal. We wonder about the secret combination of inputs that cause people to be wildly successful. We idealize and romanticize about getting to a place where our businesses magically run themselves. I know when I was starting KK intl. there was always this underlying notion that if we could just make it to the next milestone — i.e. If we could be sold in that one great retailer — the rest would follow suit.
As with almost everything, it’s the same with life as it is in business. The best thing we can do is to realize the beauty in the process and understand that even those milestones we will reach come with a whole new set of challenges. As we embrace the minor victories and celebrate the fact that we have greater challenges (because my goodness we’ve actually grown our business!) we will be able to give grace to ourselves and to see others in a new lens.
No one has it all figured out. We are all just improving in incremental steps, that hopefully add up to something meaningful.
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