It's hard to believe that it has been almost two years since I left my job at Facebook. Most people thought I was crazy to leave a job at such a great company (many days while making my decision I felt crazy too). But I had a dream. And I felt so strongly about this dream that I couldn't not follow through with it. Even if it meant that I ended up being a failure, even if I had to go back and apply for marketing jobs around town, especially if I had admit that my dream wasn't going to become a reality. So I did it. Through the rough days of starting my business (and at the beginning there were a lot) I always tried to remember one of my favorite parts from Cheryl Strayed's Wild: "I made it the mantra of those days; when I paused before yet another series of switchbacks or skidded down knee-jarring slopes, when patches of flesh peeled off my feet along with my socks, when I lay alone and lonely in my tent at night I asked, often out loud: Who is tougher than me? The answer was always the same, and even when I knew absolutely there was no way on this earth that it was true, I said it anyway: No one.”
There have been lows. Having exactly ONE client and needing A LOT more than one. Finding a balance between the grind it takes to really make a business successful and the reality that I needed to work less than every hour of every day. Trying to build and manage the right team when I had zero management experience.
There have been extreme highs too. Speaking at my first professional conference and finally seeing the spark light up in my audience. Signing up my 40th client, when I started with just one two years prior. Hiring my first full-time employee, which is something I've cared about doing for a lot time.
The hardest part by far has been trying to figure out if it is all worth it. All of the hard work. All of the effort. And even with days (many of them) that have been not so fun, I know now that it has been worth it.
As I enter year three of Social Summer Camp, I don't know what the future will hold. I have a fantastic team, the most incredible clients and still a dream of where this all might take us.
Most days have been fun, but every day has been worth it.