Obvious failure that turned out to be a blessing

You probably have heard many stories on how something really bad happening turns out to be actually a good thing at the end?

Many years ago I was in the real estate business. Making the big bucks and having the world on the palm of my hand (at least so I thought). But all of a sudden, the economy crashed and so did the real estate business. I was facing bankruptcy. I was facing losing my house.

Suck it up and get a day job

So I had 2 options. Suck it up and go get a day job (fast) or lose my house. A choice that might seem like a no brainer to many, but a lot of entrepreneurs back then actually went the latter road. The pride just wouldn't let them get a day job. It was just too damn embarrassing.

As I had a physiotherapist education from the University of Tartu and also a gym background, so I decided to apply for a gym instructor position at a nearby gym. Luckily I got the job (and actually ended up staying for 10 years).

Don't get me wrong, it was hard for me as well. I could even say I felt embarrassed. I felt like a failure. There I was, running my own show and calling shots, but all of a sudden I had to take orders from somebody else. But I was determined to save my house.

But during these gym years, I found my passion and true calling. I fell in love with helping others to make that lifestyle change.

At one point I realised that there was not an excellent solution out there to make healthy dieting easy and doable. So I co-founded Fitlap, which focuses on taking the complexity out of healthy eating. I believe that it is possible to make healthy eating easy, affordable and quick.

And the rest is history.

But I would have never founded my company unless I hadn't failed in my previous undertaking.
The unfortunate set of events that once seemed the end of the world, led me to find the things I love doing.

I actually even remember my neighbor's advice after I shared with him the business I am about to start (online meal planning). He said: “ Please start a “real” business”.

He didn't think that creating meal-plans was a business a grownup should be involved in.

Failure teaches more than success

What I have learned:

  • Sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward.
  • Don't let pride get in the way of making the right decisions.
  • Sometimes the events that seem really terrible at first, might turn out to be the best things ever happened to you.
  • Don't let other people talk you out of things you are really passionate about doing.

Have you experienced something similar? Please share.

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