Many entrepreneurs love to share their journey of success, to fame and fortune. It’s attractive, it’s engaging and you can instantly picture yourself sitting next to them sipping a margarita at some exotic beach location.
Success is magnetic.
But what about failure? When things don’t go your way? Where are the videos of entrepreneurs working second or third jobs to make the dream a reality? Shooing their kids away from their desk located in the dining room because the new baby took over your office space? Where are those real life stories?
I like to think of myself as a “glass half full”, positive mentality guy- but I’m also a realist (as I think most of you are). As landscape architects we were drawn to this profession because of the precision. Draw a line= produce something beautiful. Follow a formula that produces exact results. Rise/Run=Slope. Run x Slope=Rise. Rise/Slope=Run. As simple as that.
However, when you add the titles of “entrepreneur” or “small business owner” to landscape architect, that beautiful precise line gets blurred or even smudged. The exact results you were hoping for aren’t easily produced. It’s no longer as simple as a click of a mouse. You are now balancing budgeting, insurance costs, conflicts with needy clients, bidding projects alongside some frustrating characters. You no longer feel like you can balance all of these competing needs.
Let me throw you a life raft here….
I’ve been there. My story is as bumpy and complicated as it comes. Several moves across the U.S. to chase the dream of entrepreneurship, working in a cramped basement, leaving a secure job in order to launch myself into small business ownership at the ripe age of 34. The struggle is real folks. I am passionate about sharing my struggles because I can personally relate.
You don’t have to do this alone. You may be your own boss but you aren’t your own co-worker. There is freedom in owning your own business but there is also a degree of isolation. Greg & I were originally professional peers and now collaborate on this project together.
Our partnership was grown from a concept we believe in called “iron sharpens iron”.
Learn from our failures or better yet- let us come alongside you in your moments of grief, pain and utter TERROR of small business ownership and together we can find solutions that will make your business a success.
Let’s flip the script and say failure is magnetic. Because out of failure there blooms something even greater than success...wisdom. Wisdom sustains you through the different seasons of life. We invite you into our failures, our lives, our professional ups and downs and promise you that while we may not have all the answers, we certainly know that it’s ten times better than doing this journey alone.
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