She looked at the date on the calendar: 1st May 2008. It had been such a bold move to set up a business, but at the time she had felt invincible. Ditching her bad habits and turning her life around had given her a new lease of life and a hunger to succeed like she had never felt previously. A year ago when she was handed a cheque for a month’s salary and told by him that her services were no longer required, she didn’t want another job. If she could work for the devil himself then she could do anything.
Business ownership had always been a pipe dream of hers. She had wistfully lusted after an entrepreneurial life for many years, and had given it a few half-hearted cracks of the whip along the way. She simply dusted herself off and tried harder next time, every failure was an opportunity to learn something new. This time was different though, this time she was so close to succeeding she could taste it.
She’d worked tirelessly in her little kitchen, making food and selling her wares to health food shops. Once prepping for The Good Food Show she had stayed up all night, single handedly turning 200kg of onions into chutney. After months of back and forth with the buyers her products had finally been accepted by the WholeFoods chain. They were going to be stocked in their flagship Kensington branch.
She didn’t have long to revel in the glory, because just weeks after seeing her food on the shelves of her Mecca it all fell to pieces. She had run out of money (read: credit) and no-body was willing to lend her a single penny more. The economy had taken a pasting and her business came crashing down around her leaving her alone with her worst fears. The humiliation of bankruptcy, depression, guilt and the self-loathing that comes with failure.
Her dreams went up in smoke that day, but six years later she has started dreaming again. She’ll never give up and knows without doubt that one day she will succeed. She just has keep on trying.