I have learned so much since opening up Thavin & Marcob it's unreal at times. The things that go into starting, running, and maintaining a new business venture is huge. In fact, at times there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Not to mention staying focused can be extremely difficult when you're exhausted. Yet here we are, still going strong, still learning, and still growing.
Following our theme this month of celebrating our failures here are some of our business fails that Thavin & Marcob have encountered. In the moment and even a few months later they still sting, but with every failure there is an invaluable lesson learned. That only helps us to become better, stronger, and smarter for the next.
WORKING WITH OTHERS
I understand the business world is cutthroat and that there are sharks in the water. Although I believe if your idea is yours and is your passion that you do not necessarily need to act that way. Passion and inspiration run hand in hand in my eyes. You might encounter a tough few weeks where the inspiration runs dry, but if the passion and desire to push forth is really there. I believe that you can ultimately power through without having to become a predator among your peers.
I think that sharing knowledge with others is important. Although I have found that the drive to make a quick buck has some serious pull in the eyes of some business people. I have found that just because a business might be a small business does not necessarily mean they have ethics or morals. We have worked and shared with several other entrepreneurs like ourselves. Which is never a fail, but it does turn into a fail when I misjudge someone's intention or character. Resulting in them stealing work from us that took hours of our time to do. It honestly sucks that it took hours for us to accomplish a project, for us to show them kindness and support, to then have them spend 10 min of their time to steal what they envy. Pulling inspiration from someone's work that you admire or envy is one story. However, coping is a completely different one. I may have failed to see the shark only out for themselves, but I did learn that my passion is going to take me farther, keep me around longer, and that my continuous determined effort to become more knowledgeable is not wasted time.
Which is a celebration all on its own.
Oh, how I suck at communication. It is not only a personal failure, but one that is more often the result in a business fail. My brain runs on hyperspeed. My thoughts are fast, my ideas emerge within an instant, and my play out scenario process happens whether I want it to or not. I truthfully forget that I typically am operating faster than others. I at times don't say full sentences or will finish my first thought with another. The people around me are not the only ones who are left feeling a little lost and confused. There are times where I will write an article, go back a couple of days later, and seriously look at the screen thinking what the F%$# was I trying to say. While at times my hyperspeed brain and lacking skills of proper communication don't work and result in fail after fail. Co-Owner MaKayla is pretty good at following and contributing to my thoughts. We have linked up brain waves so well that we can have multiple interchanging conversations with one another. If you overheard us you might spark concern that maybe something isn't right, but it honestly kind of works for us when we aren't failing.
When we first started Thavin & Marcob I said yes to every opportunity that came up. It didn't matter what it was, whether I had to move up time tables or readjust schedules. I never wanted to lose a possible golden opportunity, so I just made it work. Always saying yes, is a big fat fail. Time after time I stretched myself and Thavin & Marcob too thin. I might have been a little too eager with new opportunities, but all of those fails deserve to be celebrated because I learned that taking on too much can be destructive and that not every opportunity that comes your way is a good fit for you and your company.
When working with peers I for the longest time took their word as just that and saw them as a reliable business associate. However, my faith in someone's word has greatly dissolved. I find great joy in working with others, but time and time again a fail smacks us in the face when someone turns out to not be as reliable as I had thought. We have come into contact with all kinds of fails. Some don't deliver what they promise, some just drop the ball, some flake, and some ghost. All of these outcomes result in a fail for us, but with every fail, we learn who is reliable and who is not. We also learn how much faith or how much effort to put into a collaborative project. The lesson learned might sound a little cold, but we can accomplish so much more work and relieve ourselves from so much more stress. If you don't rely too heavily on someone who we haven't worked with.
Our list of business fails could really keep going. Failure is a part of life that no one can avoid. Your fails help you to learn and to grow, which is a core value we hold here at Thavin & Marcob. Each failure helps to better shape us and equipped us with better knowledge on what to do the next time.
What are some of your business fails?
We would love to know the celebratory part in your fail.
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!