There are moments where I feel embarrassed. When I'm at a marketplace and some people don't know me or what Finding Ferdinand is. I have to make eye contact, smile, and invite them over to share my story. Sometimes people don't care and they smirk and say politely, " oh... no thank you" or just ignore me completely!
This hurts my feelings... for a hot second. I feel the blood rushing to my cheeks and turn a bit red, but I remind myself that not everyone will be open to a new brand or trying new things. They're not early adopters.
Now I know how hard it is for sales associates to sell perfume. I appreciate it when they approach me with samples. I'll always be picking up samples!
My day to day schedule is about the same.
In the mornings, from 9-3pm I go into an office or around the city in brand partnership meetings.
From 3-8pm, I go into the marketplace.
The office part is EASY compared to the marketplace. At the marketplace I really have to put myself out there. In my bubble, my friends and I are accustomed to having college degrees and corporate jobs. Retail sales is something someone does when they're 16 as a part-time job, but in my case, it's everyday. BUT there's a lot that is learned from this :)
1. If you think you're too good, then you'll never be good enough.
You've already lost the game if you're too good to go through the pains of being entrepreneur early on. Starting your own business requires you to put yourself out there and be extremely vulnerable.
2. Getting turned down is rough, but you can't let those things bring you down. You have to overcome the rejection when you're first starting out.
Getting hurt is part of it. No one will believe that you can do it until you prove them wrong. You're creating a business and it takes time for it to get traction. If you let rejection stop you early on then how will you ever know if it will be successful?
3. If you get turned down, don't ignore it completely, but examine what you can do better next time.
Re-purpose the negativity with rejection and use your learnings to make the next interaction better. Don't take rejection too personal. Study it and make yourself better from it.
4. Everyone has a beginning.
Something the ladies at the marketplace always say, "you gotta start somewhere." This always makes me smile.