As I reflect on the past year, I appreciate all of the wonderful comments and support I’ve received while putting myself out there and sharing more of my work. I’ve enjoyed giving insights into my thought process as I continue to grow my business. I recently had one of those Eureka moments when I realized – half the battle is won by simply showing up!
Yes quilting is a fun job; and yes it requires all of my free time. I revel in the successes, I sorrow in the disappointments, and I tweak my ideas constantly. A friend of mine (a former salesperson) recently said something profound to me: “9 out of 10 people may reject what you have to offer, so each time someone says no, you are that much closer to someone saying yes!” Isn’t that a great way to look at things?
I’ve realized that in my own experience, I get a lot of “successful hits” by simply trying out. Whenever I hear about a “call for entry” for a quilt show, magazine submission, teaching opportunity etc., I go for it, hoping to be selected for whatever it is I’m applying for. Most importantly – I don’t get upset or give up if it doesn’t work out. I know there will always be more opportunities, and I look forward to the next one.
I will be honest and tell you that only a few of the opportunities that have come my way have been from them seeking me. Mostly it’s the other way around, and I’m constantly keeping my eyes and ears open for any ideas that seem like a good fit for my business.
I write these soapboxes mainly as a way for me to articulate my thoughts, but secondarily to encourage those of you who have similar thoughts. I like to be a positive voice out there reminding you that with a little bit of tenacity, and a whole lot of determination, you can do anything you set your mind to!