A little inspiration, a little education, a little thought provoking
“I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.”
~ Malala Yousafzai
After a business I had co-founded failed I went through various waves of depression. I reached out to a mentor of mine, Alan Lobock (co-founder of Skymall magazine) and shared with him that I was struggling with my identity. For several years I was the President, co-founder, inventor of xyz company… and now who am I. In his infinite wisdom Alan gave me perspective that really helped me turn the corner and get back on my feet. Here’s what he said: “Tom cruise is an actor, he’s done great movies like Top Gun & Jerry McGuire, but he has also done movies that flopped like Cocktail and Oblivion. Actors make good movies and not so good movies, but they are still actors. They move on to the next movie focusing on improving their craft. You have to think of yourself as and Entrepreneur and the various businesses are your movies. If one flops, you’re still an entrepreneur and you move on.”
I wanted to share this story in hopes that it might help someone else who faces the struggle of losing themselves in a business or job.
Sadly Alan passed away almost a year ago, so I am doing my best to spread his wisdom.
How do you define yourself, your identity?
(ps – if you’d ever like to share your answers with me I’d love to hear them, just hit reply and shoot me an email)