epic fail: noun Slang.
1. a spectacularly embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc., that is subject to ridicule and given a greatly exaggerated importance.
2. a person who fails in this way.
Unfortunately, I know of this all too well. I fell flat off my 5 inch heels not once, but twice in my life, in the most spectaculous (combo of spectacular & fabulous) and devastatingly embarrassing way ever!
How did I fail?
I had the nerve to open a maternity retail store the first time in 2003 on a wing and a prayer. Translation: with only about $40,000 and a vision. Outcome: shut the doors 3 years later after much fanfare and even national press.
So ten years later, cuz I'm no quitter and I've always dreamed of owning a boutique-- I jumped back into the retail world again. This time in 2016 with a women's shoe store. Outcome (late BREAKING NEWS): after only 2 years-- in the words of Brittney Spear's: Oops, I did it again.😟
O and for the record, I stopped counting the debt and money spent, after I reached $250,000!
The embarrassment in front of friends & family, the judgments from creditors and those that invested in you, and the joy of your enemies and competitors--PRICELESS!
But pleeeassee, don't cry for me Argentina...or any other country in the world! Because I'm so sure of this one, well, two things:
1. LIFE DOESN'T HAPPEN TO YOU, IT HAPPENS FOR YOU!
I know, like I know, that once the embarrassment, ridicule and all the liquor had been consumed at my own pity party, I came to the conclusion, that my life and all the events that happen, are here for me to learn and grow. And if those stores, were supposed to be in my life, they would be. Nothing is by chance and no experience goes wasted.
2. A SHORTCUT IS THE LONGEST WAY TO SUCCESS!
Let that sink in for a second. And repeat it again: the longest way to success is to take a shortcut!
This for me, was a game-changer. It was such a different and profound way to view my so-called epic failures and all the mishaps along the road to success, that my viewpoint now has completely changed. Someone once said, that there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. And that the only place success comes before work, is in the dictionary! I can tell you with the utmost certainty: success is not possible without failure--to not work hard, and bust your ass at something in which you end up failing, is a shortcut!
You must fail in the most epic of fashions; for failure is not the opposite of success--it's part of it! And if you're too afraid to start something because you may fail, you're a failure anyway!
In closing, rely on friends and family and those you love to support you. And even if they don't see it and/or believe in your vision, do it anyway dammit!
And from Churchill to Ms. Hill to another great Hill, I leave you with this: