I’ve always wanted to run my own successful business. For the longest time I pictured myself designing and creating beautiful home decor pieces and selling them in a really cool shop. People from all over the world would walk into my shop and find that perfect piece for their home. We would chat, and they would share stories about where they live and how they live, and I would be filled with pride knowing that what I’ve crafted will be a part of their home story.
This amazing business… But where to begin? How do I begin? Too many questions. Too many things to do before I even get started. It was all too overwhelming, and I would just shut down. This amazing business ended before it even began.
Years went by and my dream business remained just a dream. If I’m to be honest, it was killing me. This feeling of wanting and not doing combined with working a dead-end job was killing my spirit. But how do I get started? How do I go from a dream in my head to a building filled with my designs? I was feeling overwhelmed again. But this time, I was not going to shut down. This time, I’m going to make my dream a reality. No more wanting or wishing or hoping. I’m taking action!
I began by reading inspirational/motivational books. I started researching the type of business I want and what it takes to make it happen. I started talking to & surrounding myself around “go-getter” types of people. I started following positive people on Facebook. And then one day someone posted a simple, but powerful message…
”Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
This made so much sense. The idea of going from nothing one day to a full-fledge business the next paralysed me. There are a million things I needed to do. There are a million things that I couldn’t do. But I thought, “If I could start where I’m at, what could I do?” I could sew. I could make pillows. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Start small. The only thing that matters is that I start.
I began crafting pillows. I felt alive. As silly as it sounds, I felt alive.
I now have products to sell. Great. But where to sell them. I don’t have a shop. Do I give up again? No! I’m quite fortunate because I live in area where there are loads of Flea Markets, and loads more craft fairs! Problem solved.
It’s 5am, Sunday morning and I’m waiting for the flea market to open its doors to vendors. I should be tired and sleepy, but I’m so pumped. I’m opening shop! I’m going to sell wares that I crafted. About an hour later the sun rises and I begin to see people walking around. The flea market is open and I’m ready for business!
Now, I know selling pillows at a flea market is far from my dream of selling a whole line of home decor products in a really cool shop. However, I’m far closer today to accomplishing my dream than I was yesterday, and all I did was “start”.