Wednesday, March 29, 2017Embroidery's Voice and Vision

- DECQUORUM

Kristine

Running a decorating business has a lot of facets. Join us on the DecQuorum blog as Kristine Shreve discusses them all, covering everything from combining embroidery and sublimation to what types of social media will benefit your business most. Kristine currently writes about embroidery, sublimation, decoration, social media and business as the Director of Marketing for EnMart. Besides the DecQuorum blog, Kristine also writes for the EmbroideryTalk Blog at http://blog.myenmart.com and the SubliStuff blog at www.sublistuff.com. You can contact Kristine through the EnMart Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/EnMartian or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Enmartpage or by e-mail at kristine.shreve@myenmart.com.

The Worst Piece of Advice

I’m pretty sure being a writer is encoded into my DNA, but my destiny was sealed the year I was six and wrote my first story. For a six-year-old, it wasn’t a bad story, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that I’d found what I was meant to do. Other kids could want to be doctors or teachers or firefighters or construction workers – I was going to be a writer. At six, I was confident this was possible.


I was pretty much the only one.


If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told that most writers never made any money or had any success, and that I really should choose another career as a fallback position, I’d be a millionaire. Even people who acknowledged that I had talent weren’t that encouraging. Some people, I was told, write their whole lives and never make a living at it. Competition can be fierce, and for every Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, there are a thousand writers toiling in obscurity. The people around me preached realism, and while they wanted me to use my abilities, they didn’t want me building castles in the air.


When you start your own decoration business, you’re facing a lot of the same odds and perhaps the same skepticism a fledgling writer faces. According to the Small Business Administration, less than half of all small businesses are in business four years after they start. Slightly over a third survive for six years. Forty-six percent of small businesses use personal credit cards or some form of personal debt to grow their business. Starting a business is a risky proposition, and the same people who would tell a wannabe writer to develop a fallback career might tell a newbie business owner that starting a business is too risky.


Here’s the thing, though: Life is a risk. Just walking across the street is a risk, yet most of us do that with very little thought. We don’t hesitate on the curb, shaking with fear at the thought of the out-of-control bus that is even now poised to zoom around the corner and crush us in the middle of the crosswalk. We, with due diligence, look both ways, make sure conditions are as favorable as they can be, and step off the curb and into the unknown, trusting that we’ll make it safely to the other side.


In my opinion, the worst piece of advice that can be given to someone who’s following a dream is “don’t”. Don’t try. Don’t think you can make it when others could not. Don’t dream about what you could create. Don’t take a chance; play it safe. Yes, the odds may be stacked against you. Yes, many people may not succeed. Yes, what you want to do may not make sense or seem possible to other people. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are drawn to what you do and doing it fulfills you in a way that other occupations can’t and won’t.


I have one piece of advice for those out there who are embarking on something new, whether it’s an entirely new business or a new avenue for an established business. I’m sure there are people who are telling you not to do what you’re doing, who are prophesying failure and doom, who are telling you that the odds are stacked against you. Here, for what it’s worth, is my advice – and despite what I said earlier, it starts with the dreaded “don’t”.


Don’t believe them.


Comments

yes, don´t belive them when they told you you could´t do something. I have dreams, without them there would be no goals, no failure, no learning, no success, only boring livelong routine. When they tell you"don´t do it" What they want to tell you instead with that : they are afraid of having dreams themselfs.( or were not able to dreaming) Its their fear. Not yours.
  - Monday, December 15, 2014 (Melanie)

I think you're right Melanie. Often it is people who aren't following their own dreams who try to stop others from following theirs. Sad, but true.
  - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (Kristine Shreve)

Our best friends and teachers lead us to what can be done, which is always more than we think. A very good reminder, Kristine--thanks.
  - Monday, December 29, 2014 (Will)

Thank you for stopping by Will I appreciate it.
  - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (Kristine Shreve)

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  - Saturday, November 21, 2015 (Joseph)

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