In thinking about all of the challenges and changes that the business world has been going through, from physical businesses needing to innovate or close to the big changes with GDPR being active this week, there are days when business owners think about just throwing in the towel. I get it, it’s not fun to come up with this cool idea, do lots of development and have positive feedback from people only to find it’s not selling or the sales aren’t enough to cover the debts. So today I thought I would share a bit of encouragement and an opportunity for reflection with you.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs
When I read this quote I thought it could be about a good thing and/or a bad thing. It can be good if all of a sudden you realize the little or big thing that you’ve been missing, the tweak that could make a big difference or you finally get that break you’ve been looking for. Or it could be one of those no good, very horrible, terrible, bad days (or weeks) where everything seems to go wrong or be wrong or seemingly conspire against you.
Sometimes life does go wrong, sometimes the business goes through a rough patch. Steve Jobs didn’t have a perfect life and the business wasn’t all sunshine and roses (it still isn’t). There are lots of people who really don’t like Apple or their products, even if they can respect Steve and the business he (and many others) built.
The question is what you’re going to do after, what comes next. Steve encourages you to not give up faith and not stop trying. In many cases a few tweaks and some support can help you get back on track, and even to the point of thriving. If you’ve been struggling lately I encourage you to look for an open door or ask for help, and don’t give up faith in a better tomorrow for you or your business.