We all get faced with situations that start out good and then for some reason or another, the outcome turns out to be something other than what we wished it would be. This is no different for those facing life in general or for those who pursue new entrepreneurial ventures. What ends up making the ultimate difference with regard to how we get affected by the outcome is the outlook that we project on the event itself.
After deciding to sever my relationship with a financial services company some time back, I could have chosen to either be dejected over my lack of success or be happy for the things that I learned in the process. Some of the biggest things that I walked away with that would prove to be huge benefits in the future was knowledge of what Robert Kiyosaki calls the “Cashflow Quadrant” as well as getting exposed to the Law of Attraction. These alone added immensely to how I viewed money in addition to becoming aware of the involvement that one has in deciding their own reality.
A few years later I linked up with another company that focused on promoting inner self-improvement. What I saw with this company that I also saw with the first company was that they seemed to place more of a priority in attracting new distributors instead of selling the products themselves. This by itself did not really click with me inside and I ended up deciding that providing value to customers should be where the emphasis is directed. My thanks to entrepreneur Ryan Blair for introducing me to this precept of business philosophy.
So now that I was more aware of what I did not want to do, I began to search more for things that I did want to do. Over the years I have found enjoyment in writing and was able to make some small change here and there writing sponsored reviews for various companies. Later on I found about a Penny Auction company that was offering a profit-sharing program to affiliates who in turn posted pre-approved advertisements in various classified ads websites. After doing some initial research and study, I went ahead and signed up. This turned out to be my first experience where I was seeing a regular return for the expenses I incurred. Needless to say, I was pleased with the way things were going. I was able to plot the numbers in relation to the progression of time and I felt that there was some great potential in this.
Just as I was about to reach the break-even point, I found out that the company was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a preliminary investigation by a state law-enforcement agency. So immediately, everything came to a screeching halt and the outcome of the investigation is still pending. To me, this whole affair seemed to be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction and I am hoping that things get resolved and that business can be resumed. But in the meantime, I have to be cognizant that outside of hope and being optimistic, there is really nothing I can do about what happened. There appeared to be no wrongdoing from what I could see but “it is what it is.”
So after some brief consultation with an associate of mine, I continue to pursue other opportunities and keep my eyes open. It is such a blessing in itself to have the faculties needed to pursue what this life has to offer. Being able to have an opportunity or even a slim chance at anything for betterment of one’s life is something that so many people on this planet are deprived of. As far as viewing the various downturns that get handed my way on occasion, I try to see what I can learn from the incident and how I can put that knowledge to use in the future.
So if an obstacle gets in the way of your entrepreneurial pursuits, go around it, through it, over it, under it or just blast it out of the way!
Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”