Lesson #1 – I’m braver than I thought!

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

As I sat down to write this post I poured a cup of tea. The tea bag had the above quote on it, I thought it was a great way to begin this last post in my series of 10 Lessons Learned in 20 years as a self-employed Graphic Designer.

When I began my business in 1992, I wasn’t looking for success, I was looking for survival. We needed additional income as we were a typical family of four. I’m an expert at pinching pennies, doing without and even gardening, but we were still short at the end of each month. I applied for a few jobs and even went to an interview but I had few marketable skills and very little experience for typical entry level positions. Plus I really wanted to be home with my kids!

I did have curiosity, calligraphy skills and artistic talent, not to mention DETERMINATION. I would never have said I was BRAVE! But God is gracious to us that we CAN’T see the future – it’s so much better to take life one day at a time. If I knew all the hurdles I would have to jump over back in 1992, I might never have started this entrepreneurial adventure – but I did and I have successfully developed a profitable business.

I laugh as I remember some of the new skills I acquired:

  1. Learning the basics of a computer at the LIBRARY (no Google yet)
  2. Attending a conference in Florida on programming (and a very little on design). They were speaking a WHOLE new and different language!!
  3. The fun of cold calling and networking in a new area.
  4. Diving into new technology, from my first Gateway 386 machine to my iPhone – you just have to figure it out!

I love the freedom I have by being self-employed. It has provided the second income we needed and given me the additional benefit of laughing at some of my fears. I thank God that I live in America where we can work hard to create our own success – whatever success means to you.

About Becky Bayne

Becky is a graphic designer with over 30 years of experience. She is the founder and president of Becky's Graphic Design which she began in 1992. She and her husband live outside of Nashville, TN where she enjoys creative photography, gardening, and baking for her family.

One Comment

  • Roger says:

    There is no better inspiration in life than watching your wife succeed at something she loves. I admire her spirit everyday. A spirit that she has taught our children and me.

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