Last week my 5 year old daughter, Olivia, lost her first tooth and she was incredibly excited. Her friend at school actually pulled the loose tooth and the school staff was well versed in this situation. They already had small plastic boxes for the tooth. All the way home after school she kept shaking the box and loving the rattle sound it was making.
But her happiness came to a crashing end when she washed her tooth and it fell down the sink drain. The sadness and look of disappointment on her face made my heart fall. See, that week I also was hit was my own emotional roadblock. The highs and lows of entrepreneurship were hitting me and the low was hitting hard. I was working late nights (early mornings) while everyone was sleeping and in the end it wasn't as successful as I had hoped for. I was hoping for a major leap and it was only a tiny hop. Of course similar to my daughter's disappointment, tears were shed. But I felt Olivia's disappointment much more than my own only because she was a kid and this was the one time she had ever felt such major disappointment.
I let Olivia express her feelings, let her sulk for a bit. Then it was the pep talk on "what is going to happen next". And like that, I gave myself a little talking to: Disappointments are going to happen on my entrepreneurial venture but how am I going to handle them? My daughter is only 5. She is going to go through millions of disappointments throughout her lifetime. She needs to be learn how to act positively to disappointments but being her mom, I need to model that.
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