Today marks five years since I sold my first business. And in four days, it will close forever.
Since hearing the news, I’ve had mixed emotions. I’m sad that it won’t be there after Sunday. I took comfort in knowing that a business I created 10 years ago was still in existence. I feel for those who will shoulder the loss the greatest, those customers and staff who give – and get – so much from the studio. I feel for the current owner – no matter the circumstances that caused you to arrive at the decision, it’s still tough. Trust me, I know.
I feel vindicated. I was able to create this company from nothing and turn it into a successful business. I ran it the longest of the three owners. I created something special, something unique. It was my greatest career challenge, and I succeeded.
Most of all, I am grateful. I’ve had amazing opportunities along this journey. I met great people I would not know if I hadn’t taken this risk. I’ve been able to tell my story to women around the country, sometimes in Spanish. And I learned so much in the process.
My greatest lessons:
- Appreciate everything. There was a point in year one where things were starting to click. I had a great staff that looked out for one another and me. I was building a client base. And I didn’t realize how special that moment was until it passed.
- Stay the course. I started with one goal: help women become more confident. When I strayed from this goal, my business suffered. Own your vision and fight for it – it’s worth it.
- Trust your gut. This was the biggest one for me, in business and life. We’ve all had that feeling when something is not right. Heed that warning – it will save you a lot of trauma – and drama – down the road.
- Forgive and move on. People will disappoint, even betray your trust. Get sad, get mad, then forgive. Don’t expect anything from the other person – just go of them and the situation. It’s the best gift you can give yourself.
- Never give up. Even if one door closes, look for the next one. Get a job, start a business or a hobby, give to something greater than yourself. But always keep reaching for the next thing.
RIP Verticality. It’s truly the end of an era.