ACCESS Global Ed Talk: Accept the Challenge
I anticipated having to work hard, but perhaps maybe, I did not expect having to work this hard…
I began my journey close to twenty years ago; offering tutoring services over the phone and in person. I was good at helping others understand information so I enjoyed it, besides it was a great side hustle. This was actually before I became a teacher and before any of my graduate classes or advance degrees. When I look back; it is only fitting that I eventually would become a teacher and then an educational consultant. Education was my life long before I knew it could be my life.
I remember launching my business, it was amazing; I had clients, I had ideas and I had connections. It was easy; the dots were connecting and I was enjoying the process. Struggle, what struggle; everything was going according to plan.
Hahahahaha, and then it happened; reality. In the midst of my delight I was heading for turmoil. My great ideas were no longer great, my clients had aged out and my connections were dwindling, but ignorance bliss. I basically watched it all slip away because I did not know how to gain momentum and keep it. I found myself listening to people who had given up on their dreams, while being overwhelmed with my crisis. Anyone and every one had my ear. I actually created events that had nothing to do with my passion or purpose. I allowed myself to be pulled in direction that had nothing to do with ACCESS Global. I was no longer rooted, like a tumbleweed blowing down a hill; aimless with no direction. It was a depressing period. I was ready to walk away from my company and abandon all of my hopes and dreams. During one of my pity parties I decided to take a view from the balcony; removing your self from the situation will change your perspective because you cannot solve a problem and the same level in which the problem was created.
It’s funny now, but nothing is funny when it’s killing you. I was finally experiencing the sleepless nights, challenging days and depleted efforts other entrepreneurs referenced. Life was smooth up until this point. But this is where the real work begins and I am up for the challenge.
I learned from my mistakes and now I know I am not finished until I am done. There is work to be completed daily. Building ACCESS Global is about building a legacy for my granddaughter’s grandchildren. I work to educate, encourage and empower and until all are educated, encouraged, and empowered, I am still standing: hustling, grinding everyday. There are no days off and I am perfectly fine with that. The goal is to live like I have to for now so I can live like I want to later, later as in near future!
How to Handle the Challenges
- Remember it is only a moment.
- Always anticipate recovery.
- No matter how far you fall get back up.
- Keep a positive outlook.
- Seek assistance when necessary.
- Find a support system.
- Surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
- Have your emotional breakdown then get to work.
- Trust the process.
- Practice self-love.
- Continue to crush it!
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