Humble Beginnings...


As I look back over the past five years of my life, my work, my accomplishments, my struggles and my failures, WOW is the only word that comes to mind. My life has been a combination of ups & downs, highs & lows, valleys & mountains, laughter & tears, sorrow & joy. At a very young age, I had aspirations of becoming an Entrepreneur even before I really understood what was required and what it truly meant to be an Entrepreneur.  At that time, I only knew that I wanted to have my own business, be my own boss, create my own schedule and make my own decisions. Boy was I in for a rude awakening as I imagined that the life of an Entrepreneur would be an easy, worry-free and stress-free one. Defining who an Entrepreneur is can be a complex task but defining what an Entrepreneur does is easy… essence, they are simply “people who take risks.”

 I embarked on the journey called “Entrepreneurship” at the tender age of 25 when I decided to start my own technical writing business, Creative Complex LLC. Because of my exposure to technical writing in graduate school, I developed a love for writing. It was not only a means of expressing myself but also a way of escape from the sorrows and pain that life will most certainly bring. My passion for writing was primarily birthed in high school when I began writing poems as a form of self-expression and escape. Though my passion led to me becoming a published poet, what I've realized most, in hindsight, is that I didn't get there by myself and you won’t either. Even though the road to success is often a tedious and tumultuous one, there will be people who will cross your path solely for the purpose of helping you reach your next level. You must possess the ability to effectively discern whether they are supporters or inhibitors. Please remember this one truth, “not everyone is in your corner or on your team.”

What was birthed in high school was later strengthened in college and as result of hard work, effort, determination, perseverance and TIME, I was able to launch my first business and watch it bloom into something I would have never imagined.  Though there are always areas of needed improvement and greater levels of success to achieve, I am definitely enjoying the journey. It matters not where you start, but instead how you finish. Do something... Start Somewhere. Use what’s in your hands! Stop allowing your finances or the lack thereof to be your excuse. Though money may not be in abundance, creativity is! On this journey (entrepreneurship), discouragement will come but don’t allow it to remain. Stop looking at where you are and what you don’t have and use what you do have! Even if you must start small, just start! In the words of Zechariah, “Despise not the day of small beginnings.” Please be mindful of these three things: 1) Where you start is not where you’ll finish, 2) Success doesn't happen overnight and 3) Preparation Time is Never Lost Time!

Like you've probably heard or experienced before, this life of Entrepreneurship is definitely not easy but it’s possible and in the end, it will most certainly be worth every early morning and late night spent on your journey to success.  Sacrifice and Entrepreneurship go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other. If you’re not ready to work HARD and make sacrifices, you’re not ready for a life of Entrepreneurship. Point. Blank. Period. There’s an old adage that says, “Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.” I can personally attest to the veracity of this statement!

While on this journey, I've learned that life is a university, by far the best you’ll ever attend and no one is exempt from experiencing its many challenges, obstacles and struggles. It brings heartache and pain but also joy and happiness. One of my favorite quotes (which I live by) says, “Those who are not learners of history are destined to repeat it.” I can summarize this quote in one word, TRUTH! If one doesn't learn from their mistakes, they will definitely repeat them. I've made many mistakes and taken many risks but what I've learned most is that the greatest risk is the one you don’t take! In other words, if you don’t take risks, you've already failed. In the event that you do fail (and you sometimes will), fail forward and fail cheaply.

In closing, I hope that Sobeit Apparel Co., in addition to what’s been written, encourages, inspires, empowers and awakens something on the inside of you. Don’t be afraid to step up and step out. Whatever you do, don’t allow your fear of failure to be stronger than your desire to succeed.  In the words of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”. Why? Because FEAR is NOTHING more than FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL! Whatever it is that you desire to do or whoever it is that you desire to be, Go for it! Never compare yourself to ANYONE because YOU are uniquely YOU and there will NEVER be anyone quite like YOU.

Have faith in yourself and confidence in your abilities. Dare to Dream AND believe that you have what it takes not only to succeed but also to be a SUCCESS.  BELIEVING MAKES IT POSSIBLE, GRINDING MAKES IT HAPPEN.

Until next time…. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Harold R. McAlindon

To Your Success,
Courtney Smith

Posted on November 16, 2015 .