What do you do when the door to something you’ve been working long and hard on closes? Your business idea flops, you don’t get that breakthrough you were hoping for, your dreams are dashed.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a place of discouragement and feel like you’re the victim. I know, I’ve been there. I’ve learned it is critical to not give up hope. It’s better to believe the door closed for a reason and something better will come along.
A few years ago, Claudia and I were working towards buying the business I was working for at the time. It was a small guitar shop and the owner was looking to sell.
We talked with the owner and everything looked like it was going to work out for us to buy the business. However, we kept hitting road block after roadblock. For four years, we pursued buying the store. There would be hopeful glimpses of progress, and then more discouraging setbacks.
After much frustration, we finally decided to walk down a different path. We agreed the door to this opportunity had closed. I didn’t know what I was going to do for work going forward, but we knew buying the store wasn’t the right direction for us any longer.
Looking back now, we are so grateful that door closed. Not only would the work have been a bad fit for me, we would have needed to take on a large amount of debt with payments equalling all the business’ profits at the time.
It was only after that door closed that our minds devised our current business opportunity which is a much better fit for me and was profitable from day one.
When one door closes, don’t give up hope but know there is another opportunity out there for you, a better opportunity. Just keep pushing forward and have faith that something will come around.