Failures are the stories that need to be talked about

When you embark on this new journey of MONAT you will be faced with many different challenges. Survival as an entrepreneur requires preparation and perseverance. I have learned so many different things that have helped me become the leader I am today.

Just think of this quote from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Success is a wonderful thing, but failures are great teachers. I have had my fair share of both. Whereas success is experienced in the spotlight for all to see, failures are often obscured. And yet failures are the stories that need to be talked about more often because big growth happens in these times.

As an entrepreneur, I have grown the most from my failures. So listen up, buttercup: You are not alone! It happens. When you don’t hit the rank you aimed at or don’t hit that goal, just know that you will make it though. You will want to blame other people for it. But true leaders take the blame and become better. With each new rank comes a new hurdle that you have to climb over. Dig deep and persist. It’s just a question of how deep are you willing to dig.

It’s during the months when I didn’t hit my rank—not just one month but four—when I could have easily quit. But when I looked at myself in prayer and reflection I asked God, “Can I do this? Am I supposed to do this? Is it worth the growth?” The answer was always yes! Be ready to fight when these hurdles come. If you quit today then tomorrow could be the exact day you have your breakthrough. Keep walking forward with daily activity even if that moving forward is crawling. I love this quote from Martin Luther King: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

During these moments of growth, your why is what will catapult you over those obstacles. When faced with challenges, I realized I was holding myself back—self-sabotage! I didn’t believe that I was worthy of success or extravagance. When I decided to dig deep and become who I was called to be, this shift happened. I was no longer held back. I am called to break cycles of poverty and show this opportunity to more people. This journey is so not about me!

Who will be set free because of my journey? Just know that you are worth it! Even if you are in a valley, remember to be simple but significant. Are you ready to run towards your goals? Do you have what it takes? Will you be significant? It’s all up to you!

Jessica Snowden