I still remember it as vividly as yesterday.
“Jake, we’ve run out of funding. We’re shutting down the project temporarily, but we have to let go of everyone. Here’s your last check.”
And just like that, the rug was yanked out from underneath me. The consulting project I’d been working for two years had disappeared overnight, and despite having a few small projects here and there, I was in trouble. The idea of Compete Every Day was there – but it wasn’t an apparel line, it wasn’t really anything more than the idea at that point. I was out of a client, out of a source of income, and out of my comfort zone.
And it was the best thing that could have happened to me.
I was thrown out of my comfort zone in the blink of an eye and forced to adapt. I was scared – hell, I was scared out of my mind about what I was going to do. But that moment forced upon me, ended up being the absolutely best thing ever. It made me truly evaluate this idea of starting a business, Compete Every Day, figure out what that business was, and without any other option and my back against the wall, make it work. Some way, some how, I had to find a way to win.
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t overnight. But having to live outside of my comfort zone forced me to find a way to build a business, learn an industry, and changed my life for the better.
The same thing can happen to you. Or maybe it is right this moment. If you’ve been forced into a new territory and you’re feeling very uncomfortable, this could be the moment the tide in your life turns for the better. Have you been recently laid off? Maybe a relationship ended prematurely? Or do you find yourself battling an injury?
Your perspective and approach to this new situation will determine how high you’ll bounce from the fall. Understand shit happens. Understand there’s nothing you can do to change the situation, but that what happens next is completely up to you. Then compete to set course for the direction you want.
No situation is permanent. No obstacle is insurmountable. You have what it takes to win already inside. And I believe that your current situation, just like mine in March 2010, is setting you up for the positive adventure of a lifetime.