Your Turn Challenge, Day 4: Facepalm

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I’m participating in the #YourTurnChallenge: 7 days, 7 prompts, 7 posts. This is Day 4.

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Teach us something that you do well.

It’s funny that this prompt shows up today; on a day where everything is going off the rails, and I feel like I do nothing well. A day where I want to give up and go home and hide, and have to rely on Jen to tell me everything’s going to be okay. It would be so easy to just say I don’t feel good (I don’t) and go home early. 

But I persevere well. I tough it out well. Part of that is feeling shitty sometimes, and feeling hopeless, and letting someone else lift you up. Freaking out sometimes is just a part of living; and I’ve gotten pretty good at getting through it. (Luckily I have a fantastic business partner, too.)

It took me almost five years to realize something about the unfavorable statistics on the long-term success rate of small businesses. It’s not that the majority of businesses, after a few years, fail because they were bad ideas, or run into the ground, or helmed by corrupt or incompetent people. Sure, that happens; but the vast majority of the time, people just say: enough. I’ve had enough. Enough stress, enough anguish, enough of getting paid a laughable wage for way too much work. And that’s a totally valid, personal choice; one I’ve thought about making many times. 

But I’m still here. And even if it’s the only thing that it feels like I do well right now, I’ll continue to be here and show up and ask for help when I need it. If you’re in a place where you need to tough it out, know this: it doesn’t feel like it, but you will.

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