For a girl that grew up on the Gold Coast - I started surfing late. Girls didn't really surf back then and to be really honest I didn't have it in me to stick with it. I paddled out a few times but I was more interested in looking at the surfers and making sure I looked good in my bikini to take it seriously. Gosh, did I just admit that? :/
So at the ripe old age of 27 I wanted to find something to substitute my love for snowboarding. I needed a summer sport. Learning how to surf has been one of the hardest things I've done. Surfing and I have had a love/hate affair for over 10 years now.
It wasn't until I moved to LA that it all started to click. However once you progress in one area you realize the next thing you need to master and so the evolution begins.
Some people pick it up easily, but not me. So as I was sitting out in the surf today easily catching, wave after wave (basking quietly in my glory) I reminisced about the trials and tribulations I've endured with surfing. It can be intimidating, frightening, exhilarating and rewarding all in one session.
There have been times where I've seriously wondered if I should just throw in the towel. Why was I persisting at something that I was so slow to progress in? I practiced and practiced yet there was no perfection in my efforts, in fact sometimes there was barely grace.
Much like entrepreneurship!
It's a roller coaster of successes and failures. As we progress in one area we realize the next thing we need to master. It can be intimidating, frightening, exhilarating and rewarding all in one day, week, month and year.
So why do we do it? Why do we enter a vast ocean that is unfamiliar, coaxing yet terrifying, challenging yet gratifying?
Because much like surfing, entrepreneurship rewards you with achieving things you never knew you were capable of. Much like surfing there is a summoning to test your boundaries and break free of limiting beliefs. Much like surfing entrepreneurship allows you to connect with who you are and much like surfing it won't ever, ever, let you off the hook. Once it's in your bones it will never go away.
If you are committed you will succeed, it may take time and it won't be a perfect ride. Your success is inevitable but perfection is not. AND that's OK!
Make your dream a reality.