I’m never “content”. I had a staff meeting the other day and I was very clear with my staff on that. I’m extremely happy, but I’m never “content”. They are two very different things. After all, once you are “content” what else is left to do? You may as well just stop trying. I do sometimes wonder though why I wake up every morning worried about revenue, sales, etc. when business is so stable, and so good.
Then I remember….
I remember the days when I ran businesses that unfortunately could not make a payroll. I’m not proud of those days, but they DID happen, and they did help mold me into the person I am today. I remember the days when I couldn’t pay personal bills. I remember the days when I was worried that I needed to make my car payment. While I have created a great deal of success in the last 14 months, I still remember the “old days” when every single night, instead of being care free, I would worry. I would work. I would be on the laptop all night trying to “create” ways to make money and pay the bills. New marketing campaigns, new ideas, etc, etc. I spent a ton of time in the past trying to “figure out” how to be successful.
So, now that I am successful, that really hasn’t changed TOO much. I still worry…
It’s for different reasons now though. Now I worry that it will go away, so I spend the majority of my time putting things in motion and in place to create even more stability. Long-term stability. And I’m doing it!
But, I will never forget the failure. I will never forget that feeling as long as I live. And I never, ever want to experience it again.
But… I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It made me who I am today. Failure is fine, as long as you learn from it, and I have learned a ton from my failures.
So, content? Never. Happy? Always.
The entrepreneur in me will never be “finished” with anything, and that, is not a bad thing!