Nothing is ever wasted.
In the last 10 years I:
- trained and qualified as a childminder, so I could have an income stream while home with the kids
- become a virtual assistant, web designer and course creator proving that I could take the skills I had and package them to serve others and make money
- quit a lucrative job in the city that looked good on paper but I actually hated as it
- worked for a non-profit which I loved
- repaid £50k of debt
- started a business
- closed a business
- published a book (I wrote 40,000 in three weeks)
- experienced burnout and took a year out on sabbatical
- became a mum of two
- joined a mission-led start-up where I get to operate in my strengths every day
In every chapter of my story, there have been highs and lows. Things I am proud of and things I have learnt from.
As Steve Jobs said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Nothing you experience in life is ever wasted, even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time.
“Failure is just a learning opportunity”
Whether it’s the skills you learn, the people you meet or the person you have to become to do the thing you want to do. You also find that along the way you will meet people who will go through the very thing you did and because of that connection, you are able to share insight and support.
It’s easy to look back at parts of your life and feel shame and embarrassment, but I have chosen not to have regrets because all my experiences have moulded me into the person I am today. God never makes mistakes.
This is why it becomes pointless to compare yourself to other people because we are all on different life trajectories.
What things in your life have had the most significance on the person you are today an why?