Guest Post by Beate Chelette
All Creative Entrepreneurs hit the wall sooner or later. You know the wall I am talking about. The one that just won’t move. You push and push, working your butt off, talking to potential clients, sending out estimates—but it doesn’t budge. The wall remains standing, unaffected.
Jobs are not coming in fast enough, the ones you do land are not in the big leagues where you want to play, and profit margins are too tight. It’s like dancing the tango on a dollar bill. You keep moving but stay in one spot.
I remember when I hit my wall. It was a long time ago when I was a photography representative and a producer. I knew I had a lot more in me and that I was playing too small. I kept thinking there had to be something else out there for me, something bigger and better. Frankly, I was ready to play with the big boys.
When you are ready to step up it means what you are doing now is too small. When you change your energy to a higher vibration by playing bigger, all the small stuff has to break away and is mostly left behind. Why? Because the small stuff is your security net and as long as it’s there, you have no reason to venture out too far and take risks.
For me, in my heart I knew there was something else I needed to do. And that’s when I entered my decade of bad luck. My trusted employee got too close to a key vendor and they decided to set up their own shop that was just like mine, but without me. That sparked a lawsuit which spanned a year. My photography representation business went down the drain and I never recovered from this betrayal. Nine months later, 9/11 happened and the production business shattered leaving me and what was left of my business in ruins.