Have you ever experienced tailing a heavy-loaded truck in an uphill climb? Worse, the climb is in a curve you can’t overtake the truck? That’s so nasty not only for you, but also to the truck driver.
There were even stories of truck drivers losing their control or their machines giving up because of the climb. Lucky for those who were able to avert accident and just their machines going under repair.
Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to drive such trucks, hauling heavy cargoes in long distances. And although I haven’t driven myself a heavy-loaded truck, I know the inner workings on the driver’s perspective.
It’s not an easy work.
I Almost Given Up With My Machine
I don’t have an idea how heavy your load is, but one thing is for sure, we are all heavy-loaded.
During my worst downed moments, I even thought of killing myself or committing a suicide. The reason that thought got a chance in my mind is because, I envied those people who are already dead—it seems they are now free from problems.
Thankfully, my loving mother got my back and encouraged me to get up.
The business has gone down to its lowest point, and unlike those countries where someone could just declare bankruptcy to escape creditors, in my country there’s no such escape route.
But my mother was so diligent in encouraging me. He even reminded me that the thought of committing suicide is of evil and will land me in hell. Funny thing is, I was afraid of hell since childhood, I don’t wanna be there so I picked myself up.
In Proverbs 1:8 the Lord said…
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction AND do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”
Moments of Introspection
“How did I landed in this situation?”
“What principle or belief that got me here in the first place?”
Those were the questions in my mind while sitting in silence tears dripping down my face.
I realized, there’s no one to blame but me. It is wrong to blame the problematic electricity our town has, that if it weren’t for them, I would have made more money with my online business.
I started an online business to augment my offline business needs.
It is also wrong to blame the market, and to blame anyone else. As a business owner, I should take responsibility for the failures I got. This wouldn’t be here if I have not made personal mistakes.
Thankfully, I got my mother and this mind that seems being empowered by our Big Boss up there in Heaven. Thanks a lot I’m still able to think, as there are a lot of people out there taking disastrous actions hastily without even thinking.
When Going Uphill, Downshift!
What happened to me may happen to many of you out there so let me warn you not to commit the same mistake.
In the beginning of this blog post, I mentioned about heavy-loaded trucks going uphill. There’s big reason why they move very slow as they climb.
To be able to pull the load up the hill, the engines run faster but the gear ratio is lower and the speed is slower. However, the power is greater—enough for the truck to climb and get to the other side of the hill.
This was my mistake:
The first time I got a financial challenge, instead of downshifting, I did the opposite.
After taking out the money in a business loan that’s beyond my capacity to pay, I allocated a portion of it and invested in an online income program that I thought will accelerate my income production.
You know, those online income opportunities that promise a lot of potential, pays weekly, but charge fixed amount monthly as system fee. Good if you can generate huge income in short span of time as the system will be paid by itself. Bad if you are not able to generate quick income as you will find yourself obligated to pay them monthly even if you’re not making money.
This happens every day with people in haste of making money online. Worst, aside from the cost of maintaining your “supposed to be money-making system”, the only way to generate income as per suggested is by buying solo ads!
That was my mistake. Instead of taking that high-flying adventure that depleted my cash faster than ordinary, I should have taken caution with the remaining cash from my loan.
Instead of accelerating my speed (as I thought it will help), I should have done the opposite—downshift.
There’s a huge tendency for risk-takers like me, when faced with a similar challenge, to be driven by emotion more than by rational thinking. Sometimes, overconfidence can do harm than good.
Always remember, you’re in business, you’re not playing a Casino game. When on the brink of losing money, don’t bet higher. When faced with such challenge in business, that’s the time to be careful in your thinking and making decisions.
When the going gets tough, cut costs and put your eggs in a safe basket. Don’t think high-speed, get-rich-quick sounding programs gonna pick you up. They might drain your cash faster.
Invest in a solid business, a business that’s both low in investment and risk, and a business that has a sure or ready market.