miracles happen . . .
"Out of difficulties grow miracles"
Jean de la Bruyere
In my newly painted office which I had just rented, my attorney asked me if I had a plan should I not have sales for my first year of business. Of course, I did not have such a plan. I was absolutely certain of sales; in fact, I had some purchase orders on my desk. Filled with optimism, I opened my new company.
One year later, after great effort, I had no sales. A former business partner, had spread some damaging comments about me which cancelled my first orders and prevented my sales contacts from working with my new company. Try as I did, new clients were taking time to acquire and I could not confirm any sales with my previous clients. Out of time and money, I made a very painful decision to close my company the next day.
Filled with despair, I walked two miles home to my empty apartment that bitter cold night, slept in my coat and gave in to utter defeat. When I awoke the next morning, I found the courage to get to my office and prepare to terminate my assistant, cancel my lease and find a job. Although devastated by these unjust circumstances, calmly I plodded through my day.
At 2pm that afternoon, just minutes before shuttering my company, a fax popped out of my machine. It was a sales order for nearly one million dollars! Knowing that had to be a mistake, I called the fashion buyer who had just sent this fax. She answered her phone with the words, "Are you surprised and happy?". In shock and tears, I realized that a miracle had happened. I was in business with a very large order and enough profit to see me through the long term. From that point on my business grew steadily.
Little did I know at that time that it takes at least two years to get a business started. But, with only one year, it still happened. Through extreme difficulty a miracle happened. Never give up!