How many of you have been at the point in your lives where you feel like everything is lost? I know many of you have been there one time or another and this is where I am in my life at the moment.
January 2016 started off as an exciting year, I was the Co-Owner of a restaurant business and we had just opened our third location. We were on top of the world. 2016 was going to bring prosperity, success and positive returns, so we accepted her with open arms. The new location was doing great [or so it seemed], we were making money, hiring every week, gaining traction at all our locations and the word was spreading about our brand. To everyone on the outside [and the inside], we were on the verge of taking the world by storm.
Fast track a few months on, everything started to crumble. We were running out of operating capital, expenses were piling up, staff morale was declining and we had to be firing employees almost every week, we ended operations at our second location and went into survival mode. Expenses were drastically cut, staff was reduced to skeleton, but the debtors didn’t stop calling. In mid 2016, what started out as a great year began to look like an absolute disaster.
Long story short, due to all the elements mentioned above and a few other unfortunate incidents, we had to put a lid on the business in August 2016. Needless to say, it was a very tough decision but it had to be done. Few weeks on as I write this article sitting on my toilet, I cannot help but reminisce on a daily basis, the potential the brand had to succeed. We started a restaurant company from nothing in a cut throat environment like New York City. We grew to three locations in three short years and accomplished feats that many people never achieve in their lifetimes.
It has been an arduous road to get over all of that. Sometimes I cannot even bear to look at the company website or the Instagram page because of the memories they trigger. I am a spiritual individual [not referring to religion], and I believe what happened was suppose to happen, maybe to serve as a life lesson, a learning curve, to open the door to greater opportunities. Who knows? This mindset is what has helped me through this period in my life. A moment in which I feel all is lost. However, the great writer Napoleon Hill once said, “Strength and growth only comes through continuous effort and struggle.” This is our struggle and with continuous effort we will overcome and become even stronger than before.
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