Over the past few weeks I have been preparing mentally, physically, and financially to take a leap of faith. One of my leaps is to write and express my thoughts in this blog for the world to read. This has never been my strongest attribute, so you will have to bear with me as I grow. Another has been to shut down one of my businesses, and focus all my resources on building my dream. It is an exciting time for me.
I am experiencing a pretty incredible feeling. On one side of the equation, I am confident in what I am capable of, and know I will excel in life. The other part of me is anxious for lies ahead. I know life is keen on throwing curve-balls right when I think I’ve got it figured out. But the one thing I have on my side is, having spent my entire life getting used to dealing with life as it comes. I learned at a young age to focus goals that meant a lot to me. and to take the bumps and bruises that came with achieving those things that mean most to me.
When I was 2 years old I wanted to ride a two wheeled bicycle, so I demanded the training wheels be taken off. It was my first attempt, I made it halfway down the block, before I lost control and took my first major spill. My parents still laugh at the fact that even though I crashed, I got up and took a bow. Week’s later you would find me terrorizing the neighbourhood, fearlessly riding my bike.
I would get knocked down pursuing greatness. Sometimes It takes awhile to get up. And I have always become stronger by taking these leaps of faith.
This is a story that is burned into my memory. Which is weird because of how young I was. But as I reflect on life, I understand how important this moment must have impacted me. In sports, business and dealing with life, this had become the standard for me. I would get knocked down pursuing greatness. Sometimes It took me awhile to get up. But I have always become stronger by taking these leaps of faith.
Snowboarding was another big passion of mine, and I still remember the first time I tried to flip off a jump. My heart was pounding, I was intently focused on visualizing what my body needed to do, then I pulled the trigger and went for it. The first time didn’t turn out so great. I recall landing on my back and the wind being knocked out of me. It was hard to be fully committed when I didn’t understand the feeling. I quickly adapted and years later you would find me doing inverted spins over 40 foot gaps.
I am in a place right now where I have spent my entire 20’s building businesses. Learning lessons the hard way and sometimes struggling to pick myself up. One experience that comes to mind, is the time I found out my denim manufacturer (for IvyDenim) had gone belly up with 15 thousand dollars and skipped town. I was in Los Angeles, 24 years old and alone. Standing in an empty office that used to belong to my producer. This is a humbling experience for anyone who thinks they have what it takes. It had a terrible affect on my relationship, and left me in a dark place. But again I never gave up. It wasn’t even an option. I got on my phone and started making the necessary arrangements while leaving the building as stressed as I was. I won’t pretend like it was an easy thing to do. I just knew I would thank myself later for not giving up.
A year later when I was receiving emails and calls from people telling me how much they enjoyed the product and the brand I was building. That I worked so hard to deliver. I couldn’t help but remember that day I decided not to quit and it sent chills down my spine. It still does thinking about it.
Now I am trying to take it to the next level. As I look forward mentally digesting the goals I have. Which includes building an apparel manufacturing industry, in a city that isn’t your “typcial” fashion mecca. Designing models for a range of businesses with my consulting company JaxonLabs, that will stimulate healthy economic activity to flourish in these uncertain times. And teaching entrepreneurs how to manage the journey down a road that very few people understand.
I guess the reason of this post is to let people know that life is going to be hard. But everyone can develop the wherewithal to succeed. We just need to find the things worth fighting for.
I guess the reason of this post is to let people know that life is going to be hard. But we can all develop the wherewithal to succeed. We just need to find the things worth fighting for. Life is going to surprise us, and require growth to become the people we are capable of. Sometimes it requires us to adapt and change our tactics. Sometimes it just requires bravery to get up and try again.
In the end I just want to help people succeed..