When I applied to college, I submitted an application to Marquette University, my father’s alma mater. My brother was already there and it was assumed I’d automatically get in and would go too.

But I didn’t. I couldn’t. They wouldn’t accept me. 

My father tried pulling every string he could, even asking his connections to make an exception and accept me on probation.

They wouldn’t and they weren’t willing to take a chance on me.

I wasn’t a bad student, but I had horrendous test anxiety and my grades and SAT scores reflected it. It was no wonder why they wouldn’t accept me.

But it hurt.

And it hurt again years later when my two younger sisters attended Marquette too. Making me the only one of my siblings to be rejected and not attend.
Fortunately I didn’t feel too defeated, the University of San Francisco accepted me and I was excited to move across the country from my tiny hometown in New Jersey to start a new chapter of my life.

However, the rejection from Marquette became the first in a long serious of failures I’d face in my college career.
Failure became a constant struggle throughout my college career, but I firmly believe the lessons I learned have helped me not only survive but thrive as an entrepreneur.

If you’ve ever had a moment of feeling like your business isn’t where you want it to be yet or that it’s taking longer than you’d thought to reach the level of success you’d like, I encourage you to watch today’s video.
If you’ve been feeling like you’re failing at times as an entrepreneur. If you’ve been comparing yourself to other’s progress or success. If your family doesn’t understand why your business is taking so long to grow, watch today’s video.

Please know that I get you. I know you. I’ve been there and you’re not alone.

What’s coming up for you as you watch this video? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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Jeannie Spiro

is a Business Strategist specializing in helping heart-centered, lifestyle focused entrepreneurs grow and monetize their coaching or service-based business.
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  1. Hi Jeannie:
    The Shark Tank Sharks say that if your business doesn’t work within three years, “take it out behind the barn and shoot it”.
    I’m asking myself what is working best right now, so I’m not tempted to get behind that barn.
    And I do best when I’m being m yreal, authentic self, stop pretending, and follow my instincts.
    Thank you, Jeannie. We are all only human and are not always perfect. Self reflection leads to awareness, and awareness leads to growth. Sometimes, awareness can take a lot of time to develop.
    Thank you again!

  2. It’s after 1am and I just finished watching your video. I feel better. A few hours ago I had a very tense conversation with my mother regarding my business which is going through some challenges. I don’t like to discuss my business issues because she doesn’t understand and I was in no mood to talk about it and trying to solve the problems at 9:30 at night. I prefer to keep quiet about my activity and focus instead of discussing it and risk judgement. Earlier I was crying and shaking my fists because I felt like a failure. I’m facing challenges in every area in my life. I felt like I messed things up. I don’t necessarily need people to tell me what I need to do because they really don’t know what I need. I think I have the clarity of where I want my business to go. My mother thinks I should try something else. I can’t go flying off after every shiny thing hoping this will work. I need to focus on what I already have.-following the path of least resistance. Words calmed me down. Thank you.

    • Valeria – I’m sorry you’ve been going through a tough time, but I’m glad my post and video may have been of help. Continue to get support around working through some of the challenges you’re facing. It does help. Wishing you the best.

      • Yesterday evening I was in panic mode which makes it difficult to focus on solutions. I’m glad your words helped me calm down and see things more clearly. I downloaded your Signature Talk nearly a year ago and the exercises have been helpful. It’s strengthening my content and message albeit I’ve been slow at pulling it together. It’s hard work, but it has to be done. I want to pursue to teaching part of my business and I’m definitely clear about that. I do have a foundation to build on. So reacting and flying off in five different directions hoping something works will not get me where I want to go.

  3. Thank you for your openness and honesty, Jeannie. I am truly enjoying being a part of your group. Much of my frustrations come from feeling like I’m suppose to know what to do next…when and where to market, how to write compelling copy, how to make important connections. I’m a creative, visual-spatial person and can create anything, but trying to navigate the processes…the step-by-step methods, the logistics, the details, the scheduling…it all becomes so overwhelming and I freeze in my tracks. agh!!!

    • Wonderful, I’m so glad to hear that Tina and I’m so happy I’m getting the chance to get to know you.

      You’re not alone, there’s a lot that needs to be done as a business owner from managing your schedule, growing your business, marketing, etc. and it really can get overwhelming. I appreciate the feedback and look forward to sharing more about how I handle much of what you’re dealing with right now.

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