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Startup life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows

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Life is always happening FOR us, not TO us! It’s our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, life is magnificent. – Tony Robbins

 2016 is a year for the record books – records of disasastors. It started with our personal life, we had repair bill after repair bill after repair bill, and that soon bleed over into the business too. On top of that we began to lose traction in some of our biggest accounts to due to decisions made internally at the retailer level.

I won’t bore you with all the details, mainly because I don’t want to dwell on the negative. But laundry list of complains cut short, 2016 was pretty rough on my family and my business.

At first I kept asking myself, why is all this bad stuff happening to us, and why does it just keep on coming? My mindset was, all this stuff is happening TO me. But then I stumbled across the above Tony Robbins quote. It made me pause and think and feel better about the situation for about a week.

However, I recently came across this quote again in the Tim Ferris Book, Tools of Titans. I paused a bit longer on it this time. And I’ve been dwelling on it for the past few days.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what has happened, and am realizing a lot of the things that have happened have forced hard lessons on myself, my family, and the business. For example, I knew for a while I needed to let one of our key employees go. It wasn’t so much performance issues as it was I knew the business couldn’t sustain having them on the payroll with all that had been going on and other upcoming changes we had to make. It took things getting pretty bad before I mustered up the courage to let them go.

Another quote that I feel that helps put this into perspective is, “Greatness comes from adversity.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Growth doesn’t come from things being easy. If there isn’t something in your life causing friction, you aren’t growing, you aren’t learning – you are simply stagnant.

Looking back at 2016, it has been grit and perseverance that has gotten us through. Many times, especially later in the year I felt like giving up, throwing in the towel and admitting defeat, but I’m thankful to have some better perspective now.

Everything that happened last year has been for my good. It has been to help me grow as an entrepreneur, as a father, as a husband. If 2015 was sunshine and rainbows (It WAS a really good year), 2016 was the pit of hell and I’ve emerged victorious!

The start of 2017 is still a bit choppy. But I know see that everything happening, is FOR me. And I can now stand strong and move forward with faith that my business will survive. With a bit of prayer, grit and hard work, we will pull through, and be stronger as a result.

About Caleb

I'm the co-owner/founder of Bearded Brothers, an organic snackfood company. I love ultra running, rock climbing and cycling. I'm also a vegetarian, passionate about health and well-being.