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Last post, I talked about how awesome side hustles are. And trust me, they are awesome. 100%, awesome. Not only are they a great way to explore passions and earn that extra money, they are just a great way to feel creative as well. BUT, side hustles aren’t always sunny and bright. Sometimes, they don’t work out. Sometimes, we fail.
I’m guilty of it. I’ve failed at so many things in life. I’ve failed at opening my own bookstore. I’ve failed at publishing a book. I’ve failed at becoming a professional softball player. I’ve failed at inventing something awesome. I’ve failed, plain and simple. and I pretty much continue to fail at something each and every day.
To tell you the truth, I actually don’t mind the failure. From failure, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. When I failed to take the leap of faith and open my own bookstore, it propelled me to start making a realistic business plan for myself. When I failed at publishing and writing a book, it helped me decide to start a blog. When I failed at becoming a professional softball player, it aided me in using that discipline I learned on the field and put it towards my work ethic. When I failed at inventing anything, it let me know that I do have some innovation and creativity somewhere but it’s not ready to be exposed quite yet. And for each of my failures, I’ve grown. I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been. I’m more confident in myself than before, and I have a belief in myself that I refuse to hide.
Think of failures in terms of side hustles. How many side hustles do us “serial entrepreneurs” have to try before we finally find success? And once we find success, how long can it possibly last?
To be honest, the term side hustle bugs me…just a bit. Sure, it’s a hustle, but that word to me carries a negative connotation. I prefer the term “side-gig”, or “part-time passion” actually. Seems less salesy…more comforting and approachable.
If you find yourself going after your part-time passion, then give it your all. Why try something and do it half-ass? If you fail, you’ll never know if your failure was in part to your ability or your lack of drive and motivation to make it succeed.
AND…if your side-gig does fail, embrace it. Own it. Reorganize it, and give it another go. Learning from your mistakes should propel you to try again. If your side-gig fails, it’s not the end of all ends. Use it as motivation, inspiration and find a way to do it better next time.
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My dream of being a blogger that motivates others is my goal. Sometimes, I write a post that hits it outta the park and other days, I feel blah about the words as they pour themselves out onto the screen. Regardless, I know that if one post isn’t so hot, the next one will be better. I keep going because I want to because I have a genuine passion and love for writing. I’m a believer that if one truly loves something, you can make it work.
Don’t be hard on yourself if your side-hustle (ugh!) fails. Keep trying to find ways to make your passion in life work for you. Refuse to tell yourself no or let yourself down. You got this. I’m cheering for ya!
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