Being a small business owner is a lot like surfing. There are certain days when everything clicks, you're riding high, operating effortlessly, and feeling exhilarated. Eventually though, that wave comes crashing down, sending you face first in the sand. In business, it's what we do with these events that ultimately defines our success.
As I've written about before, I was raised to "have a backup plan". Truth is, it's sound advice under normal circumstances. However, to really succeed in business, one needs to take risks, ride out the turbulent times, learn from mistakes, adjust and grow. If you only have one foot in the water though, you can't possibly dive all the way in.
"The “second career” is an illusion! I was often broke too, and I always resisted any temptation to live any other way than from my painting…" - Pablo Picasso
For more thoughts on small business success, check out "A Survival Guide for the Millennial Entrepreneur" by Leslie Bradshaw. Before listing her 7 essential operating methods, she says,
"…if you’ve chosen the path of entrepreneurship, it means you are likely the professional equivalent of one of the Spartan soldiers from the movie 300. You have the ability to wear many hats, fight many battles, be available at a moment’s notice (and at any hour!), and withstand the financial and emotional ups and downs that come with starting your own company — no matter the industry."
As for the photo above, I found this graffiti under a dark boardwalk in Port Jefferson, Long Island. The sun was high in the sky and I positioned myself to take advantage of the flare spilling over the side of the wooden planks. Shot with the Olympus OMD-EM10 which has turned into my everyday camera as it goes with me just about everywhere.