Giving up is easy. In fact, I don’t think I can think of anything that is easier than giving up. You just walk away. Call it quits. Throw in the towel. Wave the white flag.
In all seriousness though…working through the pain and the setbacks and the obstacles- THAT is the real challenge. Powering through is the biggest thing that sets apart those that are successful from those that aren’t.
I’ve owned more business than I remember owning and today while cleaning out my art supplies I realized how far i’ve truly come in such a short amount of time.
- When I was 10 I created a club- it had a president, vice president and a secretary. We had meetings about lemonade stands and talked about changing the world.
- When I was 15 I started making music and fell in love with photography because of the class I was taking in high school.
- When I was 16 I had a Myspace page where I uploaded electronic music to- my dream was to change the world through music.
- I concurrently had a bracelet business that i called Imaginarybeadz...don’t ask.
- When I was 17 I had my first photography business- Romeo Photography (my maiden name) and I thought I was the shit.
- Shortly after meeting my husband I had a cupcake/cookie business called Lil’ Fella’s (you’ll see photos from my cupcake photo shoot below)
- Then I opened Dough a Deer– grew that, blew it up…was well known in the area- I worked on weddings and large events, was recognized in many publications and was a featured dessert at awesome events. I SOLD that company.
- That is where my first REAL photography company came into play- Cole Anderson Photography. I’d photograph kids, families, weddings, headshots…pretty much anything.
- THAT company was re branded to OC Portraits– still photographed the same subjects.
- THAT company was re branded to To Pepper, With Love where I aimed to focus ONLY on weddings and engagements but ended up being all about boudoir.
- Then I dropped To Pepper, With Love and was instead Pepper’s Boudoir.
- THEN I branched out a little to Media Pepp (for branding photography)
- AND FINALLY, Just started A Broad and a Brit with my husband- a business coaching firm for couples in biz together.
SO, as you can see, the entrepreneur bug bit me pretty damn early in life and it hasn’t stopped biting me since.
IT’S FLIPPING EASY to walk away and give up and just get a 9-5. It’s so so easy. The reward, however, comes from loving what you do enough to keep chugging along, believing in yourself and your ability to make it on your own…the REAL treasure comes after the years of hard work that many don’t want to do in exchange for a lifetime of happiness and fulfillment.
DON’T GIVE UP!