Getting Gutsy in 2015

2015-01-13 Getting Gutsy in 2015

Getting gutsy is about taking a risk. One of my favorite Boy Meets World episodes talks about the pros and cons of risks. Shawn Hunter describes it best when he correlates “risk, risk, risk” to “reward, reward, reward.”  Without the risk, it’s just luck. Without the reward, it’s just foolishness.

In 2014 I opened an online greeting card shop. I had been talking about that moment since high school and I finally made it happen. I made it happen by talking to an accountant, researching online sales, and creating products to sell. I used $200 to buy product to open the shop and hoped I would be able to make my money back. It was a small risk and I was hoping for a small reward.

I sold 15% of the product I purchased – not bad, not great. However, now I have some data points. Now I know what people like to buy and the questions they have about the products. Now I have a better understanding of how long it takes to make each greeting card; I have a better understanding of how much energy it takes to ship each product out the door. That was my reward, knowledge.

Not only did I learn about logistics, I also learned about my own motivations. I learned that the reason I like to make greeting cards is to help people stay in touch. I have also learned that while I would love for people to use my greeting cards to stay in touch, I don’t really care if that’s the case. This was a big realization for somebody who has wanted to own her own greeting card shop for over a decade.

Because I better understood my motivations, it was easier to plan my next risk. My next risk is to write an e-book about staying in touch. It’s a risk because it’s going to take hours of planning, writing, and editing. It’s going to take financial backing to market the product, and I’m going to open my book of stories and share personal details with the world. This is my risk for 2015, doing something I haven’t done before and sharing it with the world – and then explaining to the world that it’s worth paying for.

Shawn Hunter was actually talking about betting on racehorses when talking about risks and rewards, but I am applying this motto to my newest business venture in 2015, writing an e-book. And hopefully I can pick up a little bit of that Feeny wisdom along the way.

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy. This post is my entry for Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details and download a free copy of the inspiring Get Gutsy ebook.

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  • Awesome post! I love the correlation to a childhood show (that I love) and a snippet of the next big risk you are taking. I’m working on one of my own, so I’m right there with you. Hopefully we can help each other out! I’m excited for you and wish you all the luck!

    • Thanks! I’m pretty sure I gained most of my life lessons from Boy Meets World and Full House. There’s probably a blog post in there somewhere.

  • Hooray for you! Staying in touch is SO important, and I would definitely be interested in reading what you have to say on the subject. Also, last year was my first time to see Boy Meets World. (We weren’t television watchers when I was a kid.) We ended up buying every season and watching them all within the first 3 months of the year, and it is definitely a favorite now!

    • Yay, glad to hear it’s something people might want. Also, does that mean you’re watching Girl Meets World too? It’s ridiculous how many gems there are hidden in there for Boy Meets World fans.

  • So proud of you! That is totally gutsy to start your own biz- I can’t wait to hear more about the ebook on the horizon! Thank you so much for participating in the contest! xox

    • Thanks! I’m excited to keep writing about it. And it was fun to participate in the contest, thanks for hosting! (Is that the right word for this? I vote yes.)

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  • Jackie B

    I’m upset that I couldn’t collect my thoughts and words fast enough to post my own Get Gusty story, but I absolutely love this for two reasons: 1. The Boy Meets World reference obviously. And 2. I am so excited for this e-book! I think we are the last generation of people that still has even an inkling of what life was like before we were always connected. I am so in love with the idea of writing letters and with sending cards, but I think that much like a lot of people our age, it’s all about making the time and the effort, which I admit I don’t do. I wrote a really long, heartfelt letter to a colleague who’s moving away last week and before handwriting it, I decided to type it out just so I could gather my thoughts appropriately. When I realized how long it was going to be, I immediately thought I should print it out. I went back and forth thinking about the appropriateness of printing it. And then I realized that printing out what was supposed to be a heartfelt letter wasn’t genuine. I realized how impersonal that was, so I wrote it out. I realized then that handwritten letters and cards are so important, and I hope to do more of my own handwriting letters and cards this year. I think you’re going to start something huge with your e-book. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂

    • There will (probably most definitely) be a next year Get Gutsy competition as well, so just think of it as having 12 more months to figure it out. I’m glad you liked the Boy Meets World reference, I knew I could count on you for that one. Also, I’m so excited that you like the idea for the e-book, that makes me really happy, and gives me a bit of a kick in the butt to really get going on it. And I totally see where you’re coming from about the handwritten letter. I love getting them in the mail so much. They definitely take a little bit longer, but are totally worth it in the end.