I have heard many times the phrase: "It's not about how many times you fall, it's about how many times you get back up." However, this last Saturday that phrase took on a literal meaning as we were driving to Los Angeles, which is about a two hour drive from where I live. My sister was telling us that her kids had gone ice skating (a big deal here in the desert). She told us that when they came home, she asked her four kids who had done the best job at it. The kids all agreed that Otis, her 15- year-old, had done the best. Then she followed up by asking who had fallen the most. Again, they all agreed that Otis had. In his defense, Otis noted that it was because he kept trying new things, taking more risks.
We had a good laugh, but immediately the reality of it just hit me. This is so true in so many aspects of life ... and especially in this industry. The most successful people in this industry, without a doubt, are the ones that go out and try everything, the ones that risk more, and probably the ones that hear more "NO's" than anyone else.
I can think of so many great quotes on this topic :
"I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" - Thomas Edison
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure" - Paulo Coelho
"Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. " -
After many years working with people, I have realized that these sentiments are incredibly true. My husband and I know of someone who keeps jumping from company to company looking for success. As we were talking about what the reason behind this might be, we came to the conclusion that he's just not willing to truly make the effort required. It seems as if he's just looking for a "stroke of luck." I think you can agree that things seldom work out that way in this business, or in life for that matter. You have to be willing to make the required effort. You have to show our beautiful jewelry. You have to ask your friends and family to have Home Parties, Catalogue Parties, and/or to join as Stylists. They won't just knock at your door, will they?
Vessel offers you all the tools and the structure needed for you to reach your dreams. But unless you decide to go out there, risk a bit, try a few things and hear a few "No's" (which will eventually help you get closer to the "Yeses"), then you won't get to see, tell and - most importantly - live your success story.