In business, there are ups and downs. It’s just the way it goes. We have failures and then, hopefully we have success. I know that it so easy to get on social media and caught up in the comparison trap. With Blissful Eats and the podcast I have been sharing a lot about my success. In general, it’s really hard for me to stop and celebrate little things. I’m the type of person that just is like, “On to the next thing.” Something I’m trying to do is just stop and celebrate.
After I posted a recent success on Facebook, I realized that my Facebook is totally my highlight reel. I haven’t shared many of my struggles, but at the same time that’s what social media is, isn’t it? I’m such a positive person and I’m very optimistic. I’m totally a glass half full person. I like to say I’m a realistic-optimist, so it’s not in my nature to just really share any of the huge struggles we have with Blissful Eats or as an entrepreneur in general. I try and keep it real in other ways especially as a working mom. I just wanted to stop and take a second and just be transparent. When you see all the success that someone is having, really what you’re not seeing is all the failures that they have had along the way.
No one is having success after success after success without having even more failures. I’ve gotten so much support from everyone and so many people saying congrats and I appreciate EVERY single comment (TRULY!) but I just wanted to take the time to say that without the failure there is no success. Chalene Johnson shared one of her recent struggles she had in her business and I basically recorded this right after I listened to that. It was already on my heart and I took it as a sign.
Just so you know that I’m a real person with failures as well as successes, I will tell you that we did have a pretty big setback. We lost one of our biggest accounts with Blissful Eats because honestly we were taking a loss every time we sold to this big company. They wanted very low pricing to pass off low pricing to their customers and we just couldn’t do it anymore. We tried to raise our prices so we would actually make a (SUPER SMALL) profit on the sale of each bag and they dropped us. I was super, super bummed about it for a few days because I felt like it was a great way to just get in more people’s hands. The reality is when you are in business you need to make money Especially in the food business where there is a ton of overhead, packaging, ingredient cost and so on and so forth. To have a loss and have it cost money on every bag is just insane.Without Failure There is No Success #blissfulbitespodcast Click To Tweet
After having that realization that I need to move on and focus on accounts that do make us money (so we can survive and grow as a business…and stay around!) I’m moving onward and upward. After that “failure” came a purchase order for Whole Foods Union Square which was absolutely amazing.
The point is, I just want you to know that social media is everyone’s highlight reel. I try to be transparent, I try and share my struggles. Even still on social media you are really going to see all the successes and wins, so get out of the comparison trap, don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 26. Be positive and look at your own journey and look at how far you’ve come. Don’t compare yourself to the next person. I hope this helped you just stay positive where you are in your journey. If you are in the middle of a failure or you’re feeling high from a success then just ride it out and keep going, put one foot in front of the other and keep a positive light.
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