I woke up and stared at the ceiling.
I felt good. Really very good.
I reflected on it.
There was no reason I should feel good.
In fact, one would have expected me to feel depressed, or stressed out, or panicky, but I felt none of that.
I was bankrupt. How could I possibly feel good?
Truly, thoroughly happy. Bizarrely happy.
Though I had forfeited my entire $150K inheritance.
I was also several months behind in rent, I had debts with suppliers, and I had no clients buying suits.
I was up shit creek, in a bad bad way.
And yet, I was the happiest I had ever been in my life.
I lay there for hours, just relishing the emotional state.
To this day, I still marvel at it.
Some part of me, barely audible, was saying ‘really good stuff is going to happen soon’.
Not that I believed that voice, but it was there, and for some reason it was stronger than anything I could possibly worry together.
We’re made of really weird stuff, you and I.
I kinda like it.
Anyway: about failure.
It doesn’t exist.
I’d ‘failed’ completely at my tailoring business.
But somehow I knew it didn’t matter.
Like Edison: He tried many prototypes of the lightbulb – some say 1000, others say it was 2000. Same difference.
He said: ‘I’ve not failed 1000 times – I’ve eliminated 1000 ways a lightbulb is NOT made.’.
Or like a salesman going door to door: He’ll hear ‘no’ more often than yes, but he doesn’t take them as failures.
Because for every ‘no’ he gets, he knows that the next ‘yes’ is that much closer.
You can not fail, you see. Not really, not on the face of it.
You can lose battles, but that’s just a battle lost – it’s not defeat.
You can fall on your face 1000 times, but each time you do, your knees get harder and your reflexes get sharper.
Oh, and you’ll also be training yourself in resilience, each time you pick yourself up and get back in the race.
Now, you might think that you would also need to spend a decade as a monk in order to be able to go down in flames while grinning like an idiot, but you’d be wrong.
It’s down to one simple thing: Mindset.
Knowing where you stand, knowing how to deal with the reality of business, and – note the choice of words – which attitudes to adopt in reaction to events.
Yeah, I didn’t say it’s easy.
But it’s damn simple. And, you can learn it.
This is one of the major selling points of the LEAP newsletter.
It equips entrepreneurs and freelancers with the mental armour and emotional agility to get through business without gasping every time a wave rolls over your ship, as you sail the stormy seas of entrepreneurship.
Bit lyrical for you?
It’s no joke though: Yes, with LEAP you learn tricks and techniques for marketing and promotion and sales, and all that.
But you also get me to feed you a mindset that I’ve learned over the course of by now 20 years, and which not only got me through bankruptcy smiling and productive, but which also enabled me to instantly start a new venture and earn my keep.
And that was years ago, and trust me: I’m still smiling.
You know, I tell you inspirational things in these emails, I try to motivate you.
For example: Do things suck? Then do this: Get off your ass, take action. Any action.
But that’s just a call to action.
LEAP goes much deeper, and digs into the psychology of successful entrepreneurship.
And that’s in addition to all the marketing and business gold in each issue.
So if we’re talking about taking action, here’s one I would recommend for starters:
Get LEAP. It’s there –> http://www.martinstellar.com/leap-to-more-sales/