The saying goes, if you want something you have to work at it. Well, I’m sure someone somewhere said it in somewhere even if not like that. Too often we want to be at the finish line without putting in the effort. I think we’ve all seen the picture of the iceberg. Most don’t see the effort put in they only see the end result then stand there acting like it was dumb luck. We all know that isn’t the case. So why do we act like it is when others succeed?
Don’t get me wrong. Simply putting work into something doesn’t automatically mean success will come. Heck, the simple act of doing something will more than likely entail some failure, or even complete failure in the task at hand. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. It doesn’t mean you failed, at least in the sense that most of us think. We shrink from failure as if we’re above the lessons learned though the process.
What defines success is a willingness to accept failure as a pathway to something more. When I started Floorball Guru I had visions of grandeur. That the mission I was on would take off like a rocket. I mean why not? Having been around sports my entire life and working with youth to develop programs I felt at the time I had a good pulse on what the market wanted. Not that I was wrong, because I still passionately believe that to be the case. The timeline has been stretched out beyond what I had thought. That’s always the case, especially when you’re working to change the status quo. So what did I do? I worked, created, built, and put my head down.
All of those things don’t mean success. However, when there was a problem, I looked under every rock to find a solution. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. One summer I had a friend approach me looking for work. My solution was to use him to run weekly summer camps in the area. I put everything together and set it up. About a week before registration opened, he bailed for another job. While I had another potential staff member in the works I decided to not push forward. I wasn’t in a position to cover should I need to due to my day job More importantly I didn’t want to cobble something together or worse get registration without having staff lined up to do that job.
In my years I’ve learned that sometimes when you force something you end up with more problems than it’s worth. That can be a hard decision, especially when you’re trying to build something. However, you must look past the short term into the long term. Are you willing to risk your reputation and customer satisfaction to run a shotty program or event? Most of the time you only get one shot with your customer and it’s better to do it right. Parents might be sad you’re not running a program for a season, but I guarantee they’ll be angry if you force a program that doesn’t live up to standard.
One piece of advice I can give to anyone reading this is to give it time, but always get things done. They don’t have to be big things, but don’t wait around for things to happen. If a door closes move on quickly. Better yet, be better at seeing when that door is likely to close and get on to something else. Your time is precious, and you don’t want to waste it trying to turn a no into a yes. Just keep at it. Things will work out in one way or another. If anything, you’ll learn many valuable lessons to carry with you into the future.