I often talk about the front side and the back side of an entrepreneur's resume/bio. The back side of your life, resume is the side most of us are least comfortable letting other people see or know. Most of us spend our life presenting the 'front side,' our best side, the successes and home runs of our lives and our businesses. Why? Because most of us falsely believe if we share the back side; the failures, the white water moments, disappointments, losses and errors of our lives, no one will want to do business with us.
Maybe it's because the back side of my resume is so ample, the white water sections so frequent that I've grown comfortable sharing both the front and back side; of my resume with others.
My story has it's front side; 2 incredible children, a healthy life, incredible blessings a 15+ year run at co-owning and building a 13M dollar + haircare chain, a $5M dollar franchise division and profitable product brand. And my story has a 'back side,' the end of my 16 year marriage, the crash and burn of a startup, rebellious teenagers and more…
Failure or Success? Depends on how you look at it.
If I hadn't built a successful company I wouldn't know how to scale an entrepreneurial venture, if I hadn't failed at start-up I wouldn't know the importance of sequencing and financing new ventures. If I hadn't been both a millionaire and broke I wouldn't have learned the value of money. If I hadn't married my high school sweet heart I wouldn't have my two incredible children.
Success or failure: depends on how you look at life, doesn't it?
Perspective is everything.
Take it from a woman who has spent months, years swimming in torrid white water adding massive content to the back side of her resume. The toughest moments, the moments I've been most tempted to label 'failure' have in reality, been my most successful moments. What I've learned is that I've been most successful in the moments where I refused to give up, the moments where I chose faith, belief, joy an where despite the score card I continued to show up and serve and give.
You see success is about staying in the game, it's about rising every time you fall, it's about being honest when you do fall and it's about helping others regain their balance.
Success is refusing to stay down.
My clients, friends and family know that I've hit home runs and I've struck out in both business and life. Transparently, I share both the front and back side of my life and career with all. In doing so I allow others to gain a new perspective on their own life circumstances, the white water sections of their own journey.
You see I was just kidding, when I said…. Success or Failure it depends on how you look at it.
Because really; there is no failure; it's all success. It just depends on how you look at it!
Failure or Success: I call it all Success.