This past week involved playing a lot of catch-up from my week in the desert. I definitely paid for my absence. Came back to 500 emails, so I’ve been sifting through those. The week before I left, the space I had my heart set on for Forage Kitchen fell through. It was a beautiful warehouse in the Dogpatch, and for reasons I wont go into right now, it just didn’t work out. I almost decided to cancel my week off (the first in years) to try to push to make it happen, but the reality was that it just wasn’t going to work, no matter how hard I pushed. It was a big disappointment. I’ve debated whether or not to write about this. It always seems better business to present a happy, successful face. To write only about the wins, and hide the months of tumult that invariably lead up to those wins. I think its better to be honest. Running a business isn’t easy, things rarely go to how you imagine they will. Plans often don’t work out, people quit, deals fall through, rental companies don’t show up with the tables you need for the event that people are going to be arriving at in 15 minutes. Its hard, and sometimes it makes you crazy.
The flipside is that this is also the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Every success is so much sweeter because of the bumpy road that took me there. Its cliché, but if it was easy, everyone would do it, and if everyone is doing it, what’s the point? So I want to be honest. Starting your own business wont be easy, but it will give you a satisfaction in the creation of something truly unique that few people find these days.
So this space fell through. Another will appear (and two possibilities already have). What I try to keep in mind at moments like this is that everything always works out in the end, and it really does. Every situation that seems like a failure, or a roadblock, in hindsight is usually the best thing that could have happened. If you just keep stepping forward, you’ll make it there.