At age 19 I started my first business with help from my family. I thought I knew what I was doing, I had the idea that if I just worked hard enough and never gave up I would be successful. I quickly realized I didn't know what I was doing. I had bills to meet, a lot of debt and I had invested a chunk of my families savings I could never pay back. I spent a lot of time crying as I watched my dreams crash in around me. With this massive failure I started to question myself and my dreams, maybe I was just a dreamer.
What I learned is that becoming a dreamer is great but unless you learn how to make those dreams a reality, you might as well be asleep.
I still could not see myself quieting. I knew I needed to be more careful. My family was struggling and I needed to help not be more of a burden on my family. I knew I had to keep a positive attitude and remind myself that every struggle was only a temporary state of mind. I learned that nothing is easy in life, no matter where you live, you have to fight to succeed and once you succeed your success if much more fulfilling and appreciated after a failure.
I spent about 4 years digging myself out of a hole because I approached my business with no planning, no education, no back ground.