If there was a book called “Skeptical,” my face would be on the cover of it. Probably on the second and third edition of the series as well.
I wanted to do it all myself. It made more sense to stay smaller, make less money, but know I was 100% responsible for the outcome, than let someone tell me their opinion and then it not work. This had nothing to do with their level of success or expertise either. I could probably have Bill Gates telling me something and I’d most likely second guess it. This was my theory when I started my business. And pretty much this entire time up until today.
Many people know my history before I started Celebrate with Sarah, and for those who don’t, I’ll be sharing that another time. Basically I took a big risk, it didn’t end up working out, lost a ton of money, experienced a ton of other obstacles, and ended up with a tarnished outlook on people. I went on to build this business, win awards, be in newspapers and magazines, have so many amazing people in my corner supporting me, and still not really, fully, 100% believe that anyone could help me other than myself just working hard everyday.
Then I showed up at Craig Duswalt’s Bootcamp. I know Craig. This wasn’t some random thing someone told me about. I knew it would be a great 4 days, thats why I went, even after 3 months of dealing with health issues and not feeling 100%, along with a whole list of excuses I could have come up with. I knew this well before I got there, and even more so after spending the first day there and learning so much, meeting brilliant business owners from near and far, staying up til 2am hanging out, and basically being shaken to my core night after night (Thanks Paul!). I still wasn’t convinced that I needed to open my eyes just a little bit more. I now have a binder full of great things I can utilize and it’s only day one! Blogging? Ok! Writing a book? One day! SEO? Sure, I have a better understanding now, etc. etc. This goes on for 3 days. Yes, even the 2am hang outs and being up at 5:30am every day. (Adrenaline is a powerful thing. We have too much fun at these things!)
Then a lightbulb went off. This whole time I’ve been thinking I’m doing it on my own, but I’m not. I’ve had people taking risks on me and supporting this dream since day one. The days when I had a negative bank account, 50 followers on Instagram, and no professional photos of anything. People ordering for their wedding, the most magical day of their life, way before they had any reason to believe I could pull it off. People recommending my business to their friends who had never tasted my product, but trusted me.
So here we are, I finally realize that for every 50 bad things come your way, 150 good things are coming after that if you let them.
I can’t possibly explain every part of this emotional journey I’ve just experienced, but here are some really fun photos of who I got to learn from this weekend. Instead of trying to put it all into words, I just want to say I am so beyond grateful for so many people who have taken me to this point, who are there on the rough days of being an entrepreneur (and we all know there are a lot!), and those who will be there for everything else coming. I am ready.
I met a great man named Fred, who left me with these wise words by Jerry Lewis:
“For those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who don't understand, no explanation is possible.” I sometimes get frustrated over the 100 things going on in my brain at a time and people questioning every step of the process, so these words really resonated with me.
Here’s some of the fun! Don’t believe me on how awesome these people are? Check them out for yourself!
http://www.craigduswalt.com, https://www.steinbergsports.com, http://www.boeason.com, http://www.airsupplymusic.com, http://www.davidkoechner.com, http://www.lesbrown.com, https://www.facebook.com/itsnotoveruntilwewin/