I quit my full time job to start my own business and then couldn’t afford toilet paper

Dear Small Business Owner

You are a **cking champion!
Why? Because starting your own business is haaaard!
(That word was “ducking”, obviously)

Never doubt yourself. 
You made it this far. You gave up working for someone else and that already makes you so strong.
The sad news is that it can be lonely.
Sometimes the people closest to us can be the most crippling emotional terrorists.

“I’m just looking out for you.”
“I just want you to make smart decisions.”
“This internet stuff is just a hoax.”
“You’ll spend the money and then be off to the next thing.”
“You should make sure you know what you really want to do, first.”
“You’re going to spend what for what?”

Honestly… **ck these people!
(obviously that word was “duck” again)

The first year of my first business was the hardest. I had left my financially stable position at a good company to fly on my own. 
I moved from a beautiful 2 bedroom house (1km from the beach) to a tiny little 1 bedroom flat.
At one point, I had such a rough month that I couldn’t even afford toilet paper! I remember being in tears when a friend of mine arrived at my house with a couple of packets of groceries and necessities, just to help me out.

The saddest part is that it was one of the closest people to me that kept saying, “Why don’t you get a real job?”. 
I even went for one or two interviews before I plucked up the courage to stick it to the man and carry on with my own dream.

The following year, I was back to living cushy. 
I had landed a handful of big contracts and was finally making decent money again.
Now, I’ve leveled up… I travel. All the time! That’s all I ever wanted to do.
I wake up at 9am if I feel like it, work with the people that I feel like and I don’t have to ask anyone for the day off (or even a whole week!).
I am my own boss. But, most importantly, I am HAPPY.

I am happy because I pushed through that rough patch (there are going to be a few of these) and I didn’t listen to those dream-killing remarks.
This is my “real” job!
And I am so proud of myself.

If you have taken that leap, you should be proud of yourself too.
You are brave!
You are strong!
And you are ****ing awesome!

(That word was definitely “fucking”)

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