I always get asked to tell my story.
It really isn’t a story—it’s a journey that I’m still on today.
One of my goals this year is to take some time to help inspire others. Inspire others to be brave, to never give up and to know that if you aren’t on a journey yourself, it’s time to start one. You may never want to be an entrepreneur like me but your destiny is in your journey. Business people seem to get lost in the day to day. Life can become stagnant and before you know it, your life and career are about meetings, emails and the next to-dos on your calendar, including running kids around after work. Life can easily become a crazy rhythm that we become accustomed to.
My journey is a great one! The last things I want to become are stagnant and routine. I am always trying to climb the next mountain top and challenge the bounds of what is possible. It’s invigorating, it gives me joy and incredible passion.
It’s not easy but I always tell my kids, “There is not one remarkable person in the world who has gone down in history or the record books with a journey that was easy. It is through struggle and perseverance that we become better, stronger and faster.”
We are all attracted to the books or movies based on true stories of how an ordinary person turned extraordinary through his or her journey. I want to leave an extraordinary legacy, because it will inspire others to be extraordinary, and that is contagious! Who knows, we might even be able to affect our world.
A glimpse at my journey
A couple years before I started Comply365, I was pregnant with my third child and was diagnosed at 20 weeks with a very sick baby who would be born with a lot of problems and birth defects. It was a crazy, hard time in my life and brought me to my knees daily. When the day finally arrived to meet my little girl, miracles had happened in the last 20 weeks, and the only evidence left was a double cleft lip. My family all celebrated that night in my hospital room. But during the night, things took a turn for the worse and twice within the next 48 hours, I was near death. Throughout my life, I’ve faced several scary and overwhelming situations like this. Every time I overcome one of these challenges in my life, it becomes another part of my journey.
Overcoming bad timing
When I started the company in the basement of my home people thought that I was crazy. The recession hit two months after opening the doors, and the advice I got was, “Get out while you can. Sit this recession out, and then go after your dreams.” I am not a quitter, and nothing will deter me. If a company’s foundation is built in a recession and survives, it will have the strongest foundation to build upon for the future. It forced me to build a strong foundation and to make sure I developed a product that really solved major pain points because businesses were not spending money. If I got a sale, it meant that what I had was really important. The tough times made me better. They made me focus, they made me hungry (literally, sometimes), they made me strive for better.
Don’t despise your journey.
Passion for the impossible
The great thing about a journey is that you get to meet incredible people along the way. While I was taking great risks, I found friends who became inspired and took risks right alongside me. In the early days of Comply365, many people risked their jobs and reputations to recommend Comply365. But guess what? Those champions became passionate, and we made things happen in business that were “impossible.” We looked at business problems and challenged the norm, challenged the status quo and we accomplished amazing things. And we still continue to do so today.
Whether it’s in your personal life or business life, are you ready to start a journey and challenge the norm?
Are you going to elevate to the next level?
I will, and I hope you’ll join me.