By Taylor Kay Stephens
Several years ago, a good friend of mine had a brilliant idea for a “How to” video, so we decided to start a business. Since I had a video camera and computer skills, I was sure we could have this up and running in a few weeks.
Self-confidence, tenacity overcoming obstacles and never giving up had always been my strengths. In the past, whenever I’d set my mind to do something, I was able to figure it out and do it. After all, I really believed in this project, had the desire and willingness to do whatever it took.
From the start, Murphy moved right in. There were problems with almost everything – even simple skills that I had done easily many times in the past. As soon as I would get one problem solved, there was another – day after day, week after week, month after month!
Along with problems there were so many new skills I had to learn and with each new skill there was a huge learning curve. Each time I thought about quitting, things would get better and there was progress.
Three years later, with my sanity and tenacity gone, it was time to call it quits on this project from hell! I was very upset with myself for not looking into what it would take to do this kind of project, especially when I had no experience at all. If I had known in the beginning what was involved and how much trouble I would have, I never would have started. I was also mad at myself because it was a stupid decision to waste three years learning skills I didn’t need for anything else and would never use.
Little did I know, those “wasted” skills ended up being crucial for parts of my current business. It had also cut down the learning curves, saved me valuable time, money and frustration.
Many times, real gifts don’t come in a Tiffany’s box!
Originally featured in The OffBeat Business Magazine June 2016 issue.
Taylor Kay Stephens, speaker, author and life coach, is no stranger to tragedy and adversity. She teaches people how to get out of overwhelm and change their self-defeating behaviors. Taylor has developed her own easy, practical techniques, so simple a child can do them. You may contact her at email@example.com or discover more at www.taylorkaystephen.com