I'm a realist. I like to study, research, investigate, and dig for information. When I decided to turn my granola recipe into a business, I knew that it was going to be a long road from the kitchen to the grocery store shelves, both figuratively and literally. I was counseled by the Michigan State Product Center about the several steps I would need to take, as well as the possible delays I would inevitably encounter as I went from production to retail. 10 months into it, there are still delays, and many months before everything will be "just so", according to the State of Michigan.
At times, this has been frustrating. At times, this has been irritating. At times, this has been a baffling set of time-wasting circumstances. At other times, it has been a laughable insight into the slow-moving cogs of bureaucracy. All of the frustration, irritation, and winding roads have led to the realization that the foundation of any business is patience and determination.
No matter what your business, no matter what your occupation, a key ingredient in the recipe for success is the ability to keep the long view in mind, even when you're met with a giant brick wall. A wall is just a wall; it isn't the end. Behind a wall is something else. Seldom are walls a permanent blockade.
It's important, when faced with a wall, to take some time to assess the situation, collect yourself, but then act. Don't let a temporary obstacle become a stand-still.
Inertia is an incredibly important element to the completion of any project. Losing momentum is a common mistake that many people make, simply because the fatigue of disappointment, frustration, and delayed success can ultimately sideline someone on the path towards reaching their goal.
When met with a set-back or delay, take the time to meet with a friend or mentor to blow off the steam and then move on. It's natural to feel like quitting, but it's essential that you don't. Surround yourself with people who support you and believe in your mission. Even the most positive person needs a cheering section.
Most importantly, be a cheerleader for someone else who is just starting out. Chances are, you know someone who is in need of a little boost. Helping a friend or colleague face the challenges in their career not only benefits them, it will help to keep things in perspective for you.
Keeping a fresh, optimistic and hopeful perspective will ensure that you will reach your goal. As Dale Carnegie wrote, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Stacy Sloan; Chef & Founder of Three Little Birds