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The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies is the hook I hang my business hat on. This accidental, rural business, is a dream come true. One of the highlights of my life. This is my journey through the roller coaster world of business. And the choices I make in how to run my dream of a lifetime.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
Business Is A Tough Gig. It’s Better To Swing The Bat. And Miss. Than Not Swing The Bat At All.
As very young children, we try everything. From tasting shoes. To drinking water out of the toilet. And beyond.
We are totally uninhibited. And don’t know what the word inhibition means.
But as we become socialised. Or civilised. As my mother used to say. We become more reticent to try things.
There are barriers. And boundaries. In place. That we don’t want to break through. Or cross.
As we travel through life, we become more aware of what other people think of us. What they say about us. And how they judge us.
Other people are creating for us – an image of what we should be like. Think. And do.
And because of that, for some, grabbing the brass ring of opportunity is fraught with doubt. And fear.
What if it doesn’t work out?
What if I don’t achieve those goals?
What will people think if I fail?
‘What if’. ‘What will people think’. Hangs heavy in the air.
Especially if we’re trying to live up to the image set for us by family. And close friends.
This is. Father. Mother. Husband. Wife. Partner. Children. Sisters. Brothers. Best friends forever. Work colleagues.
And for some. The brass ring of opportunity is never reached for.
Growing up in America. New York City. Pennsylvania. Virginia. Washington DC. I became an avid softball player. And baseball fan. Perhaps because I was a good softball player. Hitting more than my share of home runs.
And to those of us who played softball. Or baseball. The saying always was. It’s better to swing the bat and miss. Than not swing the bat at all.
It’s better to grab the brass ring. And fail. Than to not give yourself a chance to succeed.
Because every failure is a learning experience.
Every famous artist started from ground zero. And built their expertise up from there.
Every scientist has thousands of failed experiments under their belt. Before they ‘got lucky’. And solved the problem.
My journey along the Yellow Brick Road of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies. Which is the business I run from my remote rural property in the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW. Is rife with failures.
I try things.
They don’t work as I think they will.
I refine my technique.
I get a little more traction.
Back to the drawing board to see what else I can add to what I’m doing.
Until one day. After many false starts. To my utter surprise. I’ve accomplished a small bit of what I want to do.
And I have 400,000 customers. In 30 countries. For a humble ironing board cover.
Don’t ever believe that success is a straight line. It’s not. It’s a zig-zag route. Much like slalom skiing.
I live on a very hilly property. And when I walk downhill, the walk is a breeze. But when I get to the bottom of a hill. And turn around and look at where I am. And from where I started. It’s a jaw dropping experience.
I’ve learned that best way uphill is zig-zag. 10 steps straight up. 10 steps walking to the right. 10 steps straight up. 10 steps walking to the right.
When I get to the top. I’m not anywhere near as exhausted as if I tried to walk straight uphill. Defying gravity.
I’m on my nth attempt to make something work in my business. And I’m finally getting somewhere. And I despair of what could NOT have been. If I’d given up on try number 1. 2. or 3. . . . infinity.
Give opportunities a try. Don’t worry if you don’t hit a home run. If you go to bat often enough. And swing at the ball often enough. You’ll eventually learn enough about swinging at the ball to make contact. And once you make contact. You’re on your way to achieving some of the things you want out of life.
Do not EVER let someone else’s expectations for you result in you leading a lesser life.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
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