November 23, 2016

A Heartfelt Thank You

thank-you-to-the-dreamersI’ve been thinking a lot in the last few months about the courage inherent in becoming an entrepreneur.  It is terrifying, absolutely terrifying, to jump off the ledge of the known into the unknown of entrepreneurship.  I don’t care how long you’ve been at it, every time you start a new business, launch a new product, or bring a new offering to your audience, there is always a really big chance it will fail and that is enough to keep most of us awake at night.

But yet somehow you all manage to do it every single day and your courage is not lost on me.  You face insurmountable odds, never-ending to-do lists, and not nearly enough money or time to get done what you need to get done, but still you keep chugging along driven by passion and a belief in what you’re working on and working towards.

I can’t tell you how much your courage inspires me every day.  The fact that you share some of your very limited time with me through this site, through Facebook, through the podcasts, and by reaching out to me with questions or just to say thanks yourself, means the world to me and is what keeps me going on days when I struggle and wonder if I should turn back towards the known.

In the next few months I’m going to be launching a big new addition to this site.  It’s something that’s been in the works for 3+ years and the fact that the launch is right around the corner is terrifying.  What if it doesn’t go over as I think it will?  What if it fails?  What if it doesn’t have the impact I’m hoping it will?  What if all my market research, planning, strategizing, and more – 3 years worth of work! – is all just plain wrong?  Like I said….terrifying.

But also so exciting.  We are creating our own futures.  There’s no guarantee that we’ll get there but it’s a heck of a ride along the way, isn’t it?

So thank you for inspiring me every day and sharing your courage with me.  I am so humbled to share this journey with you.

~ Jennifer


In honor of American Thanksgiving, we’ll be pretty here on this site the rest of the week.  Check back on Monday for a new podcast about some of the ins and outs of running a successful popup store.


2 comments on “A Heartfelt Thank You

  • Tim Painter on said:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Your inspiration was “Exactly” what I needed to offset a lot of negativity I have been receiving from family and friends. I recently purchased a bank owned bar/restaurant. While I get there are a lot of challenges in the small food business, I am excited to be on that, “Heck of a ride”.

    I am fortunate that I have come across your site. I was surfing the web on many things restaurant related, and I feel comfort knowing that your business exists. I will read through everything and get back to you soon.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Jennifer on said:

      I’m so glad that it provided you some help. It’s so hard to deal with the negativity – especially from the people who are supposed to be your cheerleaders – inherent in entrepreneurship. Of course, it’s not necessarily going to be an easy journey or one that’s clear of road bumps, but great things really can happen when you take great risks. Best of luck!