Small Business Is Risk And Change

Small business risk change

 Change as a Constant

I’ll tell you flat out it wasn’t easy. It was the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. It was the most stressful two and half years of my life, and financially, it was draining. But... We would all do it all over again in a heartbeat because it was simply that awesome. We learned not to be afraid of the unknown, we learned how to deal with stress and figured out what makes us who we are, and we learned that we don't need stuff—because there’s nothing wrong with living as a minimalist.

Small business is all risk, for better or worse, through success or failure. Every small-business owner who’s taken the plunge knows the doubt, has met the naysayers and cheerleaders, seen the world through different eyes and, best of all, is fearless. It's all about “new,” starting a new phase in your life, meeting and working with new people, seeing life through new eyes. It's not easy, as we all know. It's downright stressful. Hershey had several failed ventures before Hershey Chocolate took off.  I bet his family and friends thought he was crazy. I bet he just liked new.

Nothing stays the same in this world. In fact, the only constant is change (or so I learned in a high-school science class). Small-business owners are the pioneers of new and accepting the fact that the only constant is change. They change their lives and the lives of their family and friends by starting a small business and bringing new experiences with them. It's risk, pure and simple. It’s also courageous. There's a sense of pride and strength that goes along with “When I had my own business....”

When we're older, sitting in a rocking chair on that cliché front porch, looking back at our lives, I think we'll be able to look back and smile, for better or worse, through success or failure, because we knew what new was all about.

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About the author

Lynmarie McCullough

Lynmarie McCullough was born and raised in New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She’s a seasoned production coordinator, having worked with VH1 / MTV Networks, SONY Electronics and various production companies. She wrote and produced a short in 2009, which was shown at the Wake Forest Film Festival. She published her first children's book, The Grand Hall Character Ball, in 2010, and in 2011 co-authored, Marshall & Planet Saurus with her seven year-old son. The books are available on their website,, where her son hosts videos as well.