MY WEEKLY LO-DOWN: EVERY FAIRYTALE HAS A MISSING CHAPTER
Last Monday I wrote about my struggle with opening up and I’m humbled to hear feedback that some of you have difficulty with this as well. Today I wanted to follow up and write an update since I met with my mentor again this past week! I knew she had been horribly busy and so we started the convo with “how are you doing?” I took a deep breath and said I’m doing fine. She reminded me how I could be more transparent with her…. then I told her how I really was doing. And so did she. I definitely felt like this meeting was a lot more productive than others because we got right to the point, dove deeper into the issues discussed and she got a better understanding on how I think and my vision for Beautini long term. I hope those of you who are also trying to be more transparent and open with your relationships experience a change in the quality of your meetings as well!
Our main topic of conversation leads me to this week’s Lo Down. Last week I was personally frustrated with trying to figure out how to make Beautini and my social media presence grow quicker. We often hear about these companies or people that have become widely successful overnight. Whether it’s regarding a start-up that grew to be a multi-billion dollar company in three years or a couple who say they have been together since elementary school, there’s usually a missing chapter to each of these fairytales. We often aren’t told the entire story or know how many years the company was in development before it launched or if a couple took a break at some point. However, the point is that it’s hard to stay hopeful that you will succeed or find your soul mate when you hear all of these fairytale stories everyday.
I stress myself out when I get caught up in these fascinating stories and always need to remind myself of the “missing chapter.” Did you know Marc Lore had a decade of e-commerce experience (his last company Quidsi sold to Amazon for $545 million) before creating Jet.com? Or that your friend took a 4 year break with her now husband during college? Or that Sophia Amoruso’s Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy last month? Probably not. The fact is that we can use these stories as inspiration but ultimately we need to stay focused on creating our own fairytales without getting caught up with others.
If you also get overwhelmed with these fairytale stories, think about that “missing chapter” and remind yourself that you are doing just fine.
I hope you have a kick ass week! Go create your fairytale.