I recently wrote a post about failure. It was a good reminder for me as I recently went through a tough failure. I have been helping build and grow companies for most of my career and in that time I have had a great amount of success. I recently undertook the opportunity to help a friend start a new business, and like many people, I went into this thinking that it too would be another big success. I wasn’t naive to fact that it might not turn out the way I thought it would, you should always go into something with confidence and thinking you will succeed or you are doomed to fail from the start.
Suffice to say, it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I needed to remind myself that although I didn’t achieve the success that I had hoped from this opportunity, I could still learn and grow from it. There were choices I made that I could have done differently and who knows if those would have changed the outcome, but I owned my pieces to it. I also didn’t blame my friend and business partner for the outcome. He is a good person, and I am grateful for the time I was able to spend on this project with him. I got to know him at a deeper level than I have ever done before and this is something I will always cherish and take with me for the rest of my life. We both learned that if one of us ever needs help we will always be able to count on each other, and this is something that is priceless.
Going forward, I still need to take some time to fully digest the experience and allow myself to learn from the mistakes so I don’t make the same ones in the future. I will still make mistakes, but I want them to be different. I learned a long time ago that if you just live this life for yourself you will never leave a legacy that lasts. This does’t mean that if you are selfish you won’t have success, I have met selfish people that have been tremendously successful in the world’s eyes, but something I hear so often from them is how they feel that there life is empty and no worldly success you might achieve will ever fill that emptiness.
This leads me to my final point and what I stated in the title of this post. I am a very lucky man that has been blessed tremendously. Not because of the fact that I earned this, for those that know my story (something I will share in a later post if you don’t) you know this to be true, but because of the love, grace, and mercy of my lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is faith in him that I know my life has a great purpose to it and it is not for my sake alone. Faith is not something you see, but it is believing in the thing that you don’t see. Life is challenging, and there are and will be times when I wonder “Is this ever going to get any better”, but because I have faith in the fact that I was meant to have an amazing life I know He is always working for my good. I also remind myself of all of the blessings I do have and continue to have because of Him, which also reminds me that all things, even the failures and tough times, are working for my good in the end. I am thankful for this experience, I am thankful for my friend, and I am faithful to the fact that something amazing is just around the corner. I choose to continue to grow, to learn, and to help others do the same.
Post Script - My business partner and I will still continue to remain close, and he continues to pivot and make moves that is allowing him to keep moving forward with the business and make things happen. It is with the greatest of hope and prayers that he will continue to plug away and the company will grow and allow us to build a team that will change lives. It is only a matter of time until people see how valuable this undertaking is. I wish him all the best and the greatest of success and I know he will do just that, and I look forward to our continued friendship and opportunities to work together.