Fail, Don’t Quit

I’ve been working on my site now for a few months and I’ve made some progress. I thought I would be further along but at least it’s moving.

Besides, it was Christmas time, and now people are just coming back from Chinese New Year.

That means there aren’t any excuses left. It’s really time to get the products and make some sales.

Oh, and my friends found out about my store. I was trying to keep it a secret but I think it’s better that they know. Why keep it a secret? Well, what if I fail, it’s not easy to face my group of friends after failing at something. Or, at least that’s what I thought.

A friend of mine mentioned that he doesn’t care if I fail but he’ll destroy me like Lebron did Charles Barkley if I quit.

Makes sense.

I think we are all mature enough to understand you can fail but you can’t quit. At least we should understand. There is a difference between failing and quitting.

I knew my friends would support once I started something but I think I needed to actually start it before telling anyone. There is always a thousand reasons not to do something and I didn’t need to hear any of those reasons from people I respect.

Maybe they would’ve said it’s not the right product to sell. Maybe they would’ve said it’s a bad idea. Maybe they would’ve been supportive right from the start. It doesn’t matter now because this is the way I did it and so far it has worked for me.

I didn’t want to present anyone with the chance to change my mind. When I set out to start my online store only my fiancé knew and if I had her support it was enough.

It seems I’m at the most critical point of my young online store. I have to put up a significant amount of money to order my products.

Some of you may think “So what? Just get on with it” but it’s not that simple.

As I mentioned before we got a doberman now, Niko. What’s that got to do with anything?

Well, he is a big boy now and doesn’t fit in our Honda Civic Coupe. We are looking at buying a new car. Something bigger, an SUV. As you know, the bigger the vehicle, the more expensive it is. Thats expense 1.

I mentioned my fiancé so obviously there is a wedding to consider and where there is a wedding, there is a bachelor party.

I love my group of friends and we want to go on an all inclusive trip. Yeah, I know “Boo-hoo, 25 year old wants to go on an all inclusive and wants to complain it’s too scary to buy products to start a business”. Well you’re right but I’m 25 once. I’m only going to get married once. I’ll only have a bachelor party once, so yeah, I’m spending some money to enjoy with my best friends. That’s expense number 2.

Now, the big expense. The wedding. It’s still a year away but a year goes by real fast. I’ve put some money away already but I know that I’ll still need more. I could put away the money that I would spend on the products and be in a better position for the wedding but my goal is to start a business. That’s expense number 3.

Let’s not forget the everyday expenses. I’ve considered all of this. I’ve also considered the fact that I work at a start up. I think I do a great job but I don’t get paid a lot either. Still probably an entry level or close to an entry level salary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, these are just the facts.

Basically, what I am trying to say is maybe I don’t have a lot of extra money but at this stage I don’t care. I am willing to take these risks because it’s been a dream of mine to start my own business. I never knew what I would do but I have a great idea of what I want to accomplish.

Despite having all of these expenses, I’ve decided to go ahead and order the products. It may all come crashing down but at least I can say I tried and did something. The potential ROI outweighs the risk in this instance. Actually, I’ve wanted to do this for so long that I already feel like I feel the returns in my mood. I don’t think I’ll fail. I definitely don’t plan to. Even if I do, I’m going to keep trying until I find a way to reach my goals.

One thing is for certain though, I can’t quit because Barkley got it bad from Lebron but I’ll get it worse from my boys.

 

 

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Finally

I’m finally doing it. I think.

I read 4 Hour WorkWeek almost 2 years ago. I told myself I would start something for myself. I didn’t say I would quit my day job. I like my job. Although, it’s getting pretty rough nowadays. Good thing about it is I get to work from home. Few of my friends have been asking what’s holding me back from starting my own thing?

I don’t really have an excuse. I don’t get stuck in traffic every night. I don’t have kids. Nothing is consuming my time outside of work hours. So why haven’t I started something?

I didn’t know where to start. I kept putting it off. Day after day.

“I’ll do something tomorrow.”

“What should I do? ”

“How would I do it?”

“What if I fail?”

“What if I lose money on it?”

“It’s okay, you don’t have too many responsibilities yet. I’ll be okay. Alright, I’ll start something tomorrow.”

Repeat.

This went on for about a year or so.

Then I began to realize that I am wasting my time. Realizing is different than actually doing something about it. I’d say to myself:

“I know I shouldn’t be watching re-runs of Friends. Do something. Start something.”

“I know I shouldn’t start a new show on Netflix. I should be starting a business. Doing something.”

“I know sports aren’t that important. But the Raps are facing the Cavs. I should be doing something. Starting something. I’ll just start tomorrow!”

Then this went on for about a year or so.

Frustrating.

Then I went to lunch with someone I admire. A client. Young guy that started his own business. He’s making great money. Sitting a few rows behind the Raps bench. Season tickets.

During this time I was suffering a concussion. Worst thing ever. Can’t watch TV. Can’t read. Can’t listen to music. Can’t be out in too much light. Brain chemistry is messed up. It’s not a great place to be.

I decided to listen to Tim Ferris’ podcast. He interviews extraordinary people. I enjoyed the questions he would ask. “What’s your morning routine?”, “What’s your favourite book?”, “What’s the last book you gave as a present?”.

Back to my lunch. Having been hearing these questions, I asked if he likes to read. He told me he read Think and Grow Rich. Suggested I read it too.

I did. It’s amazing.

It’s amazing because it made me realize one thing. I am the only thing holding myself back from starting something for myself.

So I decided to start something. Really start a business.

I began to re-read 4HWW. There’s a portion that suggests one contact a person that has found success in what one is trying to achieve.

I want to start an online store. I know this because I created a goal while reading T&GR. It’s simple really. Make a lot of money, and have a lot of time to do things I love.

So I decided to look for successful online stores.

I came across Steve Chou. This guy has started a course about selling products online. He has done it. His wife quit her job so they can do it together. So I signed up. It’s been pretty great so far.

We’ll see how it all turns out.