Remember that story about how an Atlanta rapper transformed my business (read it here)?
I was referring to a song of his from 2009
I then went and bought the t-shirt of the title of the song…
My First Trip to the Hospital…as a Patient
I had a health scare a couple weeks ago — I spent 4 days in the hospital — 3 cat scans, an ultrasound, a stomach x-ray, oh and a liver biopsy — the docs STILL are not sure what is wrong with me.
I tried some other things, but never did much with it. I then launched my first eCom store in June of 2015 — with $252 in total sales that month!
In July, the store did about $2,500 in sales.
I dedicated more time to it in August, and it paid off, doing just over $15k in total sales in my 3rd month.
After about 14 months, my main store did just under $300k in total sales.
By far, my most successful online venture of my entrepreneurial career.
However, I was selling women’s jewelry — not really a passion of mine.
Never Ever Chase the Money
Earlier this spring I got burned out, and stopped doing the daily work. I half assed things, and my sales plummeted. I was burned out. It took me 3-4 months to finally admit to myself (and others) that I made an enormous mistake — I chased the money.
And I wasn’t having fun anymore.
You can watch the video below…
I stopped all Facebook ads in August, and basically walked away from the store. I had had enough.
I then went in a different (new) direction.
I walked away from something that was working.
Something that helped me pay off a ton of debt — my car, medical bills and a big chunk of my student loans…
Something that helped me take my Dad to the Masters earlier this year…
Something that allowed me a ton of freedom to spend more time with Ava & Ashton…
From the outside, you would think I lost my marbles.
And it took a health scare for me to realize that.
Last Friday, I met up with a guy I have followed online for years.
I am honored to call him a friend, and I was talking with him about how I got in my own way.
This has been something I have been good at, unfortunately.
It reminded me of a song I use to jam to freshman year at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
It amazes me that it was 15 years ago.
Ludacris, a rapper from Atlanta, had a song years ago called — Move Bitch, Get Out Da Way (listen here)
In this case, I was talking to myself in that hospital bed…
You found some success, why go in a completely different direction?
There are a million and one things you could sell online, why not find something that you enjoy?
Something like sports?
Being out of commission for 2+ weeks, I realized how much I missed the “automated income” eCommerce provided me. It also provided me a lot of freedom as I have anywhere from 1-3 people working with me to handle the customer support issues, warehouse issues, order fulfillment, etc.
I was working 2-3 hours per DAY.
That is what I always wanted — FREEDOM!
I had it, but for some reason, I didn’t realize it at the time.
A few years ago, I would have been Downer Dukes and pissed & moaned about this health issue. The 2016 Adam has grown in recent years (possibly matured?) and am trying to find the silver lining in all this.
I learned many things, but for business, it’s that I got in my own way.
So my focus moving forward is launching a new eCom store around something I am extremely passionate about — sports!
I plan to continue doing my Dad-preneuer TV shows (watch them here).
I will still manage the Dad-preneur Edge Facebook group (join here, if you’re a Dad-preneur)
Just another pivot, in my entrepreneurial career.
Impact over Income,