Almost every business has a failure along the way – in fact, so many companies have failures, or fail themselves, that TechCrunch has a whole area on their site called Deadpool that chronicles those failures (https://techcrunch.com/tag/deadpool/)
Recently, I had to shut down a product I had started – and it was hard to do. But it was necessary.
Hanging on to things that aren’t working as well as you’d hoped is a lot easier, but it just delays the inevitable.
Here’s how it felt to kill one of my babies.
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Wow! Thank you for sharing this. Your heart for people and helping is evident. As you shared, I was getting emotional for you! You invested a lot of your heart into that group and it shows. I am grateful that I can spend a few minutes with you each day – you have so much to share. For me, making the decision to set a date to leave a job that I loved was really difficult. My employers were willing to let me leave it open until my house sold, and it just wasn’t selling. As difficult as it was, setting that date was actually freeing in some ways too. Making the decision to leave was difficult enough, but setting that date seemed so much bigger as time wore on I was torn and waffled about whether I was making the right decision or not, but I did and once I did a weight lifted…. Yes, my house did sell almost to the day of my last day of work, and I was able to make the move I was trying to make.
Well that was a bit of a shock this morning. I have nothing but good things to say about Believe, the group, the concept, and the great effort you personally put into it. I did leave a bit early,but as I explained then it was no reflection on the group.
I had decided to join VO2GoGo and I could afford neither the small monthly stipend nor more importantly the time, to the Believe Journey. I do not regret a minute of it. Kudos to you for doing it and even more for bringing the concept, phoenix-like, into your other teaching endeavors.
To share our story of coming to grips with the inevitable. We started an interior decorating and home furnishings business in 2001. We invested and grew. What we couldn’t beat were three major hurricanes and the BP Oil Spill.
We weren’t the only ones. By the time we closed the doors last September, we were one of only two family owned stores in our market line in the region. Two regional chains and several family owned stores, some in business over 40 years had already closed.
It’s one reason I got back in the voice business in 2010, the handwriting was on the wall. The business paid its bills, but the only people who ever made any money were our employees and suppliers. Are we better off? Certainly mentally and physically.
Would I do it again, close up shop I mean? Probably sooner.
And, Ed, your contributions as a Journeyer were invaluable. Thank you!
Excellent post, David! Wow, I can certainly appreciate your emotional response to making the difficult decision to end your venture. I know how much you invest in your students and I also know that the support and motivation you provide, not just for that group, but for all of us, is invaluable. That’s not something that has ended, nor ever will. I was in the situation, several years ago, when I made the decision to stop teaching a kids’ acting class that I absolutely loved, because the studio where I was teaching took so much of my paycheck it wasn’t worth the time I put into it, which was a LOT. At the time, I didn’t have an option for another venue, and so I had to just say no. I did get a few private students out of it who continue to provide a lot of joy in my life, so that’s a win. Thanks for sharing!
David, not to take way from the point of the video, I would say that I do not think the Journeyers was a failure. The 21 days was awesome and the follow up group was very helpful to me. I am happy that we still have the facebook group. The whole process helped many people including myself. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it!
It is quite evident that this journey was dear to your heart. That’s what makes it all the more difficult to extinguish the last embers of its fire. I participated in the 21 day Believe journey and I truly loved it. I looked forward to that 45 minutes or so everyday. I have retained so many of the concepts from that event and still have sticky notes everywhere reminding me that I am enough and my past mistakes make me an interesting person ;)
The far reaching effects of that journey may be unknown to you, David. There were friendships created under your watch. I have become good friends with several other journeyers just from the initial 21 days. A few of us are going to meet in NYC next week.
Your attempt to keep that journey going only show your goodness and kindness. I wasn’t able to commit to the follow up group but I was a little envious of those who could :)
Perhaps reviving the 21 days of Believe every so often would make it like the McRib sandwich marketing plan. Make it scarce and then we’ll all be ready for it when it’s available again !
I have had a lot of struggles – with a children’s character I developed in 1989… and I let go for a while – but now it is time to update the book so I am working with a new illustrator and we will see where it goes.
I am sorry that your Believe group didn’t work out as planned.. but everything in life can be trial and error.
I wrote a verse many years ago that went Believe in Yourself and you can achieve all in life that you believe. And that belief is in you not everything you attach yourself to.
I didn’t like that my survival job overlapped the monthly calls, but I did have a feeling that if the engagement dropped, it wasn’t going to be worth your time to keep it going. I realize the lesson you’re trying to teach here, but I’m not even comfortable with you putting “failure” in quotes.
Winding it down is accepting that “more of what works” is the Facebook group and “less of what doesn’t” is the monthly calls.
Thinking of what you said this will change about VO2GoGo and the ACX Masterclass tells me this was a tremendous gain–when you repurpose the concept and apply it to those things, you are going to dramatically increase what sets your classes apart from others. I don’t think anyone could properly match the way you apply yourself to your training and this will make your personal commitment to helping people even more overwhelmingly obvious.
The week before you closed things up, I’d passed a link to the Believe page to someone who truly seemed interested in it…the problem was, I wasn’t sure what comes next for those who weren’t there. I hope that, rather than have to commit 21 straight days of your time, you can package the existing set of your videos as instructional material that others can self-study. It could create demand for you to do it again for real.
A few months ago, I’d told my personal trainer about the program. I gave him a link, and at the very least I think I made a difference in helping him understand *why* some of his clients shut themselves down the way they do, why they hold themselves back from progress.
This morning, as I was talking to someone whose son was struggling to find a way in the world, I talked to him about limiting beliefs–because now I really understood them so much better. I think it will help him as he encourages his son to take chances and learn to try.
Again, not to detract from the lesson, but…this wasn’t a failure (in quotes or otherwise)…it’s simply ready for another purpose.
Thanks David! I am struggling with letting go of a business I have had for almost 10 years that serves our senior population My biggest concern are my clients and employees and praying to do the best for them so they remain secure Your words have come at a significant time in this process.
I just wanted to say that I appreciate your awesome efforts to keep the beloved journeyers group alive month to month, and want you to know that I still use what I learned from the group every day!!! Even though the monthly sessions didn’t work out, I hope you are considering a believe 2019 21 day journey!