I was watching “Ace of Cakes” the other night! The cakes these folks make are amazing. From a Hans Solo frozen in carbonite to the chocolate likeness of the Civil War statue `Moment of Mercy’. Bottom line, if you can imagine it they can make it! I catch the show occasionally but mostly keep up with them on Facebook. The other night when I was watching the show something really stood out to me. These folks make mistakes and those mistakes are right there on camera. In the episode I was watching as they were attempting to create hands for the Hans Solo piece. This task may appear minor, but it was a HUGE challenge. This particular cake creator didn’t throw in the towel or even get upset when the hands she was sculpting weren’t coming out right. She picked up some new chocolate to mold and got back to work. Not being able to create the right hands the first time was not a requirement. The focus wasn’t on being perfect the first time, but ultimately creating a cake that went above and beyond the customers’ expectations – and this cake definitely did that!
I don’t know about you but I really like to get things right the first time. As a wife, mother, small business owner (and too many other hats to count) I am guilty of throwing in the towel sometimes when things don’t go right the first time. Why? Because it’s the easy way!
In 2002 I was laid off from my media planning job. I had already been laying the groundwork (so I thought) to start my own organizing business in Albuquerque, NM. But after 8 months and not getting the response I needed/wanted I threw in the towel and went out and obtained a traditional office job. Why didn’t my business take off? Oh there’s a laundry list of reasons, but the biggest of all? I wasn’t willing to take risks! When things didn’t work out like I thought they should I decided to throw in the towel rather then try again or even try a different approach.
Fast forward to 2008, I found myself being laid off again (the 2nd time was easier). I was actually excited. My second son was 7 months old and I could be home with him more. And hey, this would be a great time to start my organizing business here in San Antonio. But, like they say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink!” Again, I found myself not willing to take risks. I sat back and waited for the phone to ring, yet I hadn’t laid the ground-work for that to even happen.
By late 2009 I found myself ready to make some changes. Scratch that, I was ready to make A LOT of changes, starting with myself and my own fears. Many of us small business owners don’t realize (or are just in denial) that our fears in our business actually stem from our fears as an individual. By no means am I where I want to be , but after a few months of coaching (thank you Alicia), eye-opening experiences and most importantly not just knowing about taking risks, but actually taking them, I’m on my way!
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of taking the easy way. It’s time to get uncomfortable. To push ourselves a little more – heck, a lot more – and actually make things happen! Take a risk…or two…or ten! When something doesn’t turn out the first time the way you want, try again!
What’s holding you back?