"People who don't quit eventually rise to the top because the world is full of quitters." - Amy Sherald.
Yup, that Amy Sherald: the artist who painted Michelle Obama's portrait and who was savaged when the portrait was revealed but whose work will eventually be considered a masterpiece. I saw the quote Instagram a couple of days ago (I'm coming around to the benefits of Instagram wisdom) and her words mean everything to me.
This week has been difficult. There were no new orders on the website. I feel like the business is just a black hole filled with money I've set on fire. I sent my catalogue and samples to a few stores and then went door to door to show people my work. The response was, frankly and kindly, somewhat unenthusiastic.
I've also been taking terrible, terrible care of myself. I'm not getting enough sleep. I spend waaaaaay too much time in front of my computer screen and I've gone from being mostly gluten free to eating cupcakes and cheese toast everyday. All of which help contribute to my overall feeling that things are never going to happen fo me. Finally, I saw a picture of myself from our photo shoot and I looked so tired and out of shape.
So the quote is a timely reminder is to not quit and could not have come at a better time. For me, the quote is about the power of persistence and hard work over luck and even talent. When I start to doubt my talent and skill, I can remember the I need to just keep going.
Honestly, I don't really have a plan beyond the same plan I tell myself to put in place everyday: work hard, eat better and move more. But the quote is a reminder that as long as I continue to grind away at it, eventually and inevitably, I will be a success.