I’ve been self employed now for just over a year and there are many ups and downs to it. I’d say some of the hardest is supporting your business with consultancy, where your clients can take up to three months to pay you. And the second hardest? When friends and family don’t believe in you. Oh and when they make that very public.
I think it’s very easy for people to take the negative, especially when they are ignorant, they don’t understand the situation entirely, but decide to use their full judgement.
It’s ok they don’t understand, but it’s not ok to try and put you down because of it. I would never dream of doing that with you, so why is it ok for you to do it with me?
But there’s this quote I love, and God it really gets me through:
The point is not everyone has been on the journey with us, and I know as someone who runs the business day in and out, pretty much alone (aside from the lovely Emily Jones), that you have to be strong. Because, quite clearly, no one else is going to be strong for you.
And nobody else can see the vision you see in your head for the business, the one that burns in your mind day in and out. Day by day you chip away at that vision, you head closer to it, but it IS a journey and so you have to bear the burden of criticism. People can criticise what they can’t see, because that is easy!
It’s my job to sell that vision, I know this. But to the right people (investors, co workers) and not to convince people that what I am doing is right. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it’s right, that is your opinion.
So what I’m trying to say is, no matter what you’re doing, a job, project, whatever that people don’t believe in. Screw them, it’s not for them! People only ever understand success in my opinion, but that depends on how you measure success. For me, it’s about being able to survive based on my own ideas, not someone else’s. There’s a huge success in freedom, and I won’t let your opinion clip my wings.
Have you ever had this too? Please do share with me!
Sarah Betty xx
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