You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit. I have failed at many things in my life, but each failure makes me stronger and one step closer to success. Each failure brings me one step closer to my goal.
About mid year 2015, I started to question my life and where it was headed. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life any more. You see I had just had a baby in January. I was a teacher, so I had the whole summer off to enjoy my daughter. When it was time to head back to work, I felt like my soul was being ripped away from my body.
I spent the year trying to figure out how to just make do. How to just get through this school year. I felt like I was failing my students. I loved teaching, but the way I was supposed to teach in the public schools was hindering my students. I didn’t feel successful any more. I felt like a failure.
All throughout my adult life I have had this sense of being in charge. My aspirations as a teenager had always led me in the direction of being my own boss, but I never took that journey. Instead, I did the typical college and career. I tried to compensate for my decision by joining direct sales companies in which I failed at all of them. I had the desire to be successful and build a name for myself.
Three months into the new school year and I decided that enough was enough. I had to follow my heart. I needed to be home with my daughter, and I needed to be my own boss. The very next day after I quit, I decided to open my own family daycare and start a blog. Now I’m the boss of two great businesses, and as an added bonus, I get to spend the day with my daughter. I’m just starting out with both journeys, so who knows if they will be successful or not. But I will tell you that if they fail, I will be picking myself up and trying again just like I had in the past.
I failed at following my dreams from the start. I failed at being a public school teacher. I failed at direct sales. But I never let that stop me. I never quit the journey to success and reaching my ultimate goal. Failure and struggles are a must in order to reach success.
Learn From Your Failure
I talk about turning my failure as a public school teacher into a learning opportunity in this post. Reflect on your failures. What could you have done differently? What do you need to improve on? Who can be your mentor? Reflection is such a powerful tool. Be open and honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Follow Your Dreams
So many people go into a career without any real interest in the field. They take any job that comes to them and end up stuck. Then what happens is that they believe they are stuck. I hear them saying things like “I’m too old to switch careers” or “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I don’t have the ability to do anything else.” Let me tell you my friend that you are never too old to do anything. If you can dream it, you can do it. You can accomplish anything you set your mind too. As long as you have a vision, you can create your destiny. Your dreams can become your reality.
Reaching your potential is extremely hard. You will want to give up. I have been writing this blog since November, which isn’t a very long time. I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to quit already. I wanted to quit when a lady told me that I can’t write about homeschooling because I don’t homeschool yet. Well yes, I don’t homeschool yet. That is why I am starting with Tot School. I wanted to quit when the first two guest posts I submitted were turned down…including this one!
So What Do You Do Instead of Quit?
Reflect, revision, and redirect your goals and dreams. Find out where you can improve and keep on chugging through.
I faced many challenges, obstacles, and Debby Downers, but those struggles did not hinder my reality. I overcame them and became stronger because of them. Set your expectations high and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not attainable. Struggle, but never quit.
What is your biggest struggle that you have overcome?
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