If you’re struggling right now, or just on the rise after a challenging season, you know you are not alone. COVID-19 has continued to take a toll on small businesses. The procedures of the United States National Academy of Sciences report that 43% of small businesses (nearly half) have had to close temporarily. Those numbers only continue to rise as the economy stagnates, pinging between eased restrictions and precautionary measures. By the beginning of 2021, there was some degree of more time being spent at home, marital or relationship conflicts, lost jobs, and dwindling hope.
What inspires me most about entrepreneurs is our growth philosophy. Throwing in the towel has never been easier – for our businesses, our dreams, or even our happiness. And yet, many entrepreneurs are making sure that it works as they can. In times of great struggle, great endurance arises. Indeed, fighting can bring new inspiration to show yourself differently in your company, to achieve that long-cherished dream, or to be more of yourself than ever before. At its core, fights show us how little we can take for granted.
Here are some entrepreneurs who got over the struggles in their lives and how they led to more inspiration.
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Overcoming personal struggles
Sometimes personal struggles feel like they’re on the other end of our business lives. We try to keep them separate, but they can pull together, making it difficult for both of them to be fully present at the same time. Jess Crow is the founder of Crow Creek Designs, a women-run, women-run woodworking business that has caught the attention of the likes of Gary Vaynerchuck’s team. She views her work – her art – as a therapy tool for the many personal struggles she has overcome and still engages with. But beyond that, she’s also found that being honest with her struggles is a way to be honest with her struggles.
“I’m often told that my honesty about how scared I was about making my first Instagram story helped someone make their first. Words like this remind me that people not only follow me for my building / art and what they can learn from me, but join my community because I am honest about my struggles and how I work to learn from them and beat her, “she said shared. “I’m not hiding that I’m frustrated or screwed up with a build and have to start over. I am also not hiding the fact that I get nervous in front of a camera, but that I love teaching with all my heart in front of 1,000 people. Inspiration comes in many forms, and these forms often overlap in ways that we do not expect. “In Crow’s case, it allowed her to be vulnerable and honest about her struggles, to inspire beyond her art, and we see vulnerability breaking through the noise of social media more and more.
It is important to note that this is not about complaining, it is about being transparent and finding a silver lining for your audience.
Arianna Huffington, media mogul and founder of Huffington Post and Thrive Global, was rejected by publishers more than 36 times early in her career. In fact, she tweeted this for #ShareYourRejection in 2018: “My second book was rejected by 36 publishers. After 25 rejections, I went broke and went to a bank and asked for a loan which they shocked me. That allowed me to make 12 more rejections. But as they say, the 38th time is the attraction. “
Like all of us, she would consider changing careers and it was not easy to rely on bank loans. However, she relied on the advice her mother gave her: “Failure is not the opposite of success; It’s a stepping stone to success. “If she had given up on the 30th rejection herself, the world would never know Arianna Huffington as we know it now.
It’s no secret that many companies are forced to shut their doors permanently due to financial pressures. This is why it’s important to hear the stories of other greats who have gone bankrupt and are still bouncing back. Bankruptcy, bankruptcy or debt can feel like a permanent dead end for many founders. Walt Disney actually struggled with huge debts in the 20s and 30s after hiring many animators and losing the rights to the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but they scratched just enough to produce and release what Snow White did shot out of debt.
Cyndi Lauper also had to file for bankruptcy when her first band, the Blue Angel, didn’t take off. Instead of giving up, she worked in retail stores and restaurants to support her music career, and we all know how that turned out.
Whatever you are watching will pass. Those who have recovered from failure or found meaning in battle are no different from you. By learning their stories, we can use the faith that is required to make this time our greatest inspiration.