Hitting a Brick Wall (Then What?)

Sometimes you find inspiration in unlikely places.

I was sitting at a table at an entrepreneurial networking event. I introduced myself to the guy sitting across from me. He was older than me, probably in his late 50s.

Being the natural interviewer that I am, I asked him what he was doing at the event. He told me that he was looking for a new start as an entrepreneur.

He had tried years earlier several times to start his own business, but something stopped him. As he put it, he kept hitting a brick wall. He said as a younger man, he didn’t know what to do when he hit even a small brick wall. So, instead, he gave up.

Now, as he sat across from me, a smile formed on his face. He said he was now able to realize that a brick wall wasn’t a hard stop, the new opportunity was to find a way around that brick wall.

While he was talked about brick walls in entrepreneurship, my mind started going to the brick walls that I had let stop me. The brick wall in relationships was my lonely feelings, so I stayed and put up with emotional and physical abuse. The brick wall in making new friends was my social anxiety (and introvert tendencies), so I stayed home and watched TV.

I think everyone has brick walls that get in the way, maybe even most to every day. Whatever the brick wall is, I found some new inspiration from this man. It’s not that a brick wall appears that matters, it’s the next step. How you get around that wall and on to the success you are destined for (and deserve).


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