One Step At A Time
In life, there really are no good decisions and bad decisions. There are only decisions made based on the information available and the ultimate scarcity of all. Time. You might look back and say, ‘oh, I wish I did blah blah blah instead”, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. And even IF an alternative path had been taken, there is no guarantee that it would have been the better, because we don’t end up flushing out the alternative decision either.
Limited Time, Limited Information
All our decisions are based on the two scarcities just mentioned. Limited information and limited time. All we can do is make the best decision we can based on those scarcities and move forward. Sometimes, the decisions we make can be scary. If you’re getting married, having kids, buying a house, or a plethora of other decisions that we have to make in life.
I remember the day our first shipment was completed and I needed to go to the bank to wire the balance of the money to the factory. I could feel my knees shaking. I kept on thinking about all the OTHER things that I could be doing with that money. Money that would go a long way towards a down payment on a piece of property. Money towards a new car. Money on inventory that, in a best case scenario, we might only just break even on. Putting pen to paper that day, was one of the most foolish things I’ve ever done, and one of the proudest moments in my life. Foolish, because I’m still sitting on that stock. But proud, because it took some guts, some courage, some bravery. Because what are those things? What is bravery? It’s being on the front line of a war or battle, knowing that there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to die, but still being able to take that first step to move forward.
Forward Always, Always Forward
“Forward Always, Always Forward,” is a line a Marvel Comics character, Luke Cage, always says. The fact is, we can’t change what’s happened in the past. We can’t change the decisions we’ve made. Decisions based on limited information, and limited time. We can only move forward. One step at a time, one footprint at a time. To err is human. It’s what we do. We are flawed. We are not perfect. But take those errors, and learn from them so that the next time, we can make a better decision. Sometimes, our decisions put us between a rock and a hard place, and both roads lead you down a long, dark, scary road. I somehow always end up coming back to my mantra: Always be better. These mistakes also help us to grow. They give us experience. And only by taking those missteps, and learning from those mistakes, can we become better; can we do better.
And some of the lessons are hard. They’re a blow to our self-confidence, our self-esteem, and our sense of self-worth. But they are necessary. I knew very well, that the chances of us doing well with that first shipment was slim to none. We didn’t have any experience in the baby industry, and we didn’t have any experience in clothing. That was what made the decision even more difficult. The money sent to the factory was for one thing, and one thing only. Tuition. But I also knew that we needed it, to move forward. We needed to learn these lessons. Only because we paid this tuition were we able to learn how to transition and pivot to where we are today. And we’re by no means done making mistakes. We aren’t even anywhere close to turning a profit. But we’re learning, and we’re growing, and every day we are taking a step in that direction.
Smile. Be Happy. Laugh
Looking back at the decisions we’ve made, some of them have been poor ones. But we are but a patchwork of lessons learned, and experiences gleaned. And fortunately, we seem currently to be moving in the right direction. We seem to have a clear roadmap for this year. A roadmap that, hopefully that will lead us towards a great future and not another misstep that we must learn from.
Be bold. Be brave. Always be better. But at the same time, smile. Be happy. Laugh. Because like the other saying goes, “Don’t take life so seriously. You’ll never make it out alive”.