I have had some wins and some losses in starting my business. The story I am about to tell you was probably one of the hardest decisions I had to make in my business career.
I knew increasing speaking engagements was one of the methods for me to increase my exposure and utilize as a marketing tool for my business. I was spending most of my time on Facebook seeking out opportunities and I came across one that was requesting speakers. I went ahead and applied because it required a very strategic interview but I will be honest I didn’t think I would be chosen, however I still wanted to give it a try! So I did the interview and it went really really well! I was so excited and proud of myself. I waited a couple of weeks and eventually received notification that I had been chosen!
Thank you Jesus!
Reactions in that order! Lol!
So this was in like June and the event wasn’t until August so that was pushed back in my mind because summer was so crazy!
Then life happened. Finances started to get held up and my husband and I were preparing to move. Things were just going wrong left and right. As a matter of fact the weekend of the event was the weekend we had to move! And then right before the move…my car broke down!
I prayed I kept saying God you are going to work this out for me. But in the back of my brain He was saying to me you are going to have to sacrifice this Ebone, but I kept waiting to see if I was going to be able to do it.
The week before the event came and my car was still in the shop and on top of that money was just simply low. Nothing had changed and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to drive to Georgia. I had to swallow my pride and let the coordinator know.
My heart was more hurt because I had let people know about it and I really was pretty excited about presenting for the first time as an entrepreneur. I cried about it a little, had a little bit of an attitude and then….I prayed. God told me this was a temporary sacrifice based on where I was in my business. I wish I could tell you this was the end of sacrifices and hardships, but the end of 2017 landed some serious blows not just in my business, but in my personal life as well.
Let me say this though! I am forever indebted to the organizer of the Conference Yaminah Childress, who was not only kind, but gracious and understanding throughout this whole ordeal. She may have fussed in her head a little, but I would have never known it! You all go support her organization Dream It Forward Foundation, Inc. because how she handled me was such a blessing and she is doing amazing things in the Atlanta community!
I am finishing this blog post up in 2018 and I can say that I made it through. The sting of having to say “no” doesn’t hurt as bad anymore and I have a new appreciation for the level where God has me right now. I want to encourage you business owners, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and CEO’s, one “no” is not the end of the world. It may hurt for a moment, but God still has a plan for you and for me too! Keep pushing!
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