“Life’s a Journey, not a Destination” – Aerosmith
When was the last time you fired 30 employees, including some of your best friends and family members? How about following that up by firing an additional 35 and giving away 90% of the Company you founded to your debt holders just 3 months later – all in order to save the remaining 33 jobs and a fraction of the “dream” you had set for the Company? Of course, you would wake up one year later (after a roller coaster of emotionally intensive high-and-lows), to see that the lean and mean machine that remained was being acquired for $42M. The best part of this story would be that your journey had only just begun….
That tidbit was at an early part of my entrepreneurial journey, chronicling my adventures from 1995 to 1998 to be more precise. That was my second company, my biggest failure, and as awkward as it may sound, also my biggest personal success. Within that same period of time, I dropped out of University, navigated the steepest learning curve anyone could ever imagine, and thankfully, had my first child. What a blessing! Looking back, I realize how much my daughter back then (and my whole family now) is part of what drives me to want to make a difference in the world. That’s what always makes me want to get back up and fight.
Entrepreneurship isn’t a profession; it’s a lifestyle, and not one that is for the faint of heart. Once you’re born an entrepreneur, you die an entrepreneur. Every time you hit the floor you get back up – stronger and more driven that before. An entrepreneur is a fighter. We never stop learning; we never stop taking risk; we go where no one else dares to go. That’s what makes entrepreneurship so beautiful, and so exciting.
“You’re gonna screw up. If you’re gonna go fast enough to succeed, you’re gonna make mistakes,” explains Box’s Dan Levin. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not going fast enough—you’re never going to win. It’s all about how you deal with those mistakes.”
#GROWtalks – sharing real experiences
Debbie Landa is a driven entrepreneur, and is very well known not just as the fashion guru she is, but also in the tech sector as the founder and CEO of Dealmaker Media. Dealmaker Media are the creators of must-attend tech events such as: “Under the Radar” held in San Francisco and the “Grow Conference” held in Vancouver. A month ago, Debbie and her team had this amazing idea of pulling together “real” experiences, pains and joys, from entrepreneurs that have been in trenches, licked their wounds, and then went back for more.
This is the result – Entrepreneurs: Breakdowns & Breakthroughs. It is an intensive and inspiring video with deep experience sharing from over a dozen amazing entrepreneurs, such as: @bethburgee @davemcclure @philosophygeek @YVRJason @brian_wong
I hope you enjoy and share this video.