Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all
I love adventure. I love risk and above all I love gambling with life. Sometimes I enjoy it a little too much. When I play cards or chess, if I’m winning, I will intentionally get riskier just to make the game more interesting. During chess I will toy with the opponents pieces instead of ending the game quickly. Opening The Asterisk Boutique was a huge risk. This is one risk I would not take again.
I get bored incredibly easily. A lot of times I will do things just to see if I can. I will study for days on end a new subject or craft and will try it. Once I feel like I have accomplished it, I’m over it. Two years ago I took a risk on opening a Brick and Mortar retail business. I had always wanted to own a business in the back of my head but never took the plunge for so many reasons. One including the fear of failure.
I no longer fear failure. By every business stand point The Asterisk Boutique has succeeded. I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing customer base. Insanely kind and supportive staff. I have awesome products and my sales are rocking. So why is opening Asterisk the biggest risk I wouldn’t take again? Because my view of failure has changed.
I used to look at a store opening or closing as a success or a failure. If you read my last post on business, “Why I Failed at Rosy Bowtique“ I discussed the three biggest reasons I choose to close the store. Many people followed up this post with telling me, “Ana, you didn’t fail.” I reflected on this and realized I hadn’t failed. I didn’t lose. I lost a storefront but I didn’t lose an experience.
Everyone has a different view on teaching our youth that both teams are winners. My view is that there really are no true winners or losers. You will “win” and you will “lose” battles but in the game of life, you will always win your own war. Well, at least I hope to. So what is my war? It is to enjoy life and live every moment. I want to appreciate every person I interact with, every flower I smell, every hard labor and each emotion. I want to take every risk that I can.
So, why would I not take the ultimate risk of opening The Asterisk Boutique again? Because I can’t. I could never be able to go back two years and open a storefront for the first time. I was so incredibly scared and I no longer fear opening and closing stores. I can’t do it because it would no longer be a risk.
What scares you? What risk do you want to take? If I could give you two pieces of advice, they would be this; Do not be afraid of the unknown but ask yourself, “If the absolute worst thing happened, can I live with the consequences?” If the answer is yes, then I say do it, take the RISK! And my second piece of advice is, “Be present, be mindful, be appreciative for EVERYTHING and live in the moment.”