One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Grow Through What you go Through”. Why, you ask? I think it so accurately applies both to being an entrepreneur and to life.
As my business has evolved over the last four years I’ve definitely encountered challenges along the way. I don’t really think any entrepreneur goes without seeing problems pop up, so if you have too please know you are NOT alone!
I think a huge commonality most business owners share is the ability to overcome challenges and use them to get better at the craft. I choose to see all problems, mishaps, and hard times as a way to learn and improve what I do.
Growing up, my parents had the quote “Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% your attitude towards it” tacked to our refrigerator. This quote directly applies to my point: we are all bound to encounter difficulties, but it’s those who choose to figure out how they can learn that truly develop and succeed.
The same can be true about life.
Lately, I’ve had many challenges with my oldest toddler. He’s three and on the autism spectrum with a speech delay, so he encounters more difficulties than most little people around him. Typically he approaches everything with gusto and is amazing and resilient, but there are definitely tough days for us both.
A few days ago I received our first phone call home from his teacher. She was very positive as she explained to me that while the class had a substitute my son pushed another student. I was not surprised since he still struggles to initiate play with others and often resorts to physical contact, but I was definitely sad and disappointed because this had yet to happen at school.
I did what I always do and told myself I had a choice here. I could sulk and cry and pity our situation, or I could choose to see the positives. My son has an incredible teacher and we are blessed to live in an area where he receives excellent services. Overall, he is making tremendous progress. This was ONE (hopefully) isolated incident amongst hundreds of days with no incidents.
Again, it’s all about the perspective that WE have the power to choose.
I have learned so much about myself as a person through my business and my autistic son. And, what I can tell you is that embracing the hard times and learning from there leads to so much growth. In fact, GROWTH is my word for 2018.