Last year in October I left my full time job fearing the ugly demon of failure would raise its mighty head and bring me to my knees. I worried about not making it, no one booking me, and not being able to keep up with the competition. I made myself sick and it was beginning to take over me. I quickly realized that if I wanted to sleep again I would have to "let it all go". Let go of all the agonizing worry and turn around and put it all back into working as hard as I could. I concluded that I couldn't worry about what everyone else was doing, that I only needed to worry about myself and be the best I could be and hopefully the cliche "if you build it they will come," would catch on. I adapted the idea of community over competition and worked on buildings others up and being happy for others successes instead of wallowing in them. It was the biggest weight off my shoulders, I became such a happier person and you would be surprised in how much the favors were returned.
I spent the time from October through December last year in figuring out my brand and what I wanted my business to be and tried to separate myself from what I had become at my previous place of work. I hit the ground running in January, and 2015 has been one of the best years of my life. I met so many amazing new people in the industry, built so many significant relationships with clients, and grew so much as a person. I've had my fair share of what I think to be my failures and I've learned to take them and grow from them and just keep moving. I think Walt Disney put it best, "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."