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Sometimes You Just Have to Scrap it

sometimes you have to start from scratch with ideas

I know. You’ve worked so hard building something or creating a masterpiece, only to find out that it’s wrong. All wrong.

So wrong, that it can’t be fixed. There are only two options: move forward (with all its wrongness) or scrap it.

You need to scrap it and start over.

What about all the time that’s been spent? All the tears and sacrifices? What will people think?

I’ve been there. I worked so hard building a business that wasn’t a business at all. It was a wonderful labor of love, but not a business.  Sure it had an impact and sure there was some money made, but I came to a point where I couldn’t move forward with it. Well, I could, but I wouldn’t truly be moving forward; I’d just be spinning my wheels (which can deceivingly look like forward movement).

For quite some time, scrapping it wasn’t an option. It didn’t even register on my decision radar.

I just needed to stick it out.

Then I heard that little voice inside of me – you know the one – the one we often try to ignore. My voice sounds like the seven-year-old me. She said in her simple wisdom, “Why don’t you just scrap it?”

Gasp! And clutch my pearls. I couldn’t do that.  What about all the time that’s been spent? All the tears and sacrifices? What will people think?

And more tragically, wouldn’t this mean that I…failed?

Failing is something that I just don’t do. Ask my high school teachers.

But what I had to come to realize is that I was failing by continuing to operate a business that wasn’t going anywhere.

Failing in this case was going to open new opportunities and doors.

So I did the unthinkable: I scrapped my business.

Started over and I haven’t looked back.

I rebranded and relaunched a business that makes sense: Pride Collaborative, a content agency.

This allowed me to launch a startup project too, The Create Daily.

Freedom.

Sometimes we have to let go in order to move forward.

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