And I decided to use the last balance of my credit card and travel to Garda lake in Italy together with my friends Miikka and Antti for one week.
I had been an entrepreneur for 8 years and was totally burned out financially, emotionally and mentally. Before traveling to Garda lake, the direct sales company we had worked incredibly hard to build a decent business with was going bust after six years.
On top of that my investments backed with huge personal loans (don’t try that at home) were also backfiring and two of the companies I was a major shareholder in were going bankrupt.
Two weeks before we travelled to Italy I had started as a partner with a Swedish direct sales company called Zinzino. My hopes were not too high because I was totally burned out.
Also because I was so immersed in all the adversity related to my business, I had actually totally neglected our relationship with Anita for too long and had taken everything for granted. Somehow during the week I was able to turn my fears of bankruptcy and loosing an once amazing relationship with Anita into hunger. I decided to turn things around and I felt that zinzino came into our life for a reason.
When we got home I started to work with the business but getting started was tougher than I thought. I felt that I had burned too many bridges because of so much adversity and failure. I remember walking out from a few business presentations because I just couldn’t see how I could get to even break even with my finances.
I’m so thankful that my dear friend Manu kept believing in me and pushing me forward and thank you also to Ørjan for taking me under your wing and teaching me to play in a totally different league than before. 🙏
Despite of great mentors I quit more than anyone in my team but i also managed to fight back every time I was feeling down or filled with fear (which was several times a day in the beginning). And for once in my life I decided to focus one course until successful and persevere through the pain and fear. I also decided to not take things so serious, trust my intuition and take it step by step.
One customer at a time…
And here we are again in Verona, Italy after seven years, with my best friends (thank you Anu for organizing) who I have built an incredible business and travelled around the world together with, who are Godparents to our kids, best men at our wedding and best business partners one could ask for.
The last seven years have been the most challenging but at the same time the most rewarding in all possible ways. After five years of hard but rewarding work, my bankruptcy turned into freedom and our almost divorce turned back into love with two wonderful boys as strawberries on top of (and in) the cake.
We should all have a license to fail because we can only get to success through failure.
“It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, it matters how many times you get up and keep moving forward”.
Thank you once more to Manu, Olli, Ørjan and Anita and to many others for believing in me when I didn’t see the light myself.
Thank you also to Zinzino and my team for being the greatest in the world. Let’s continue thriving and making history together.
This is just the beginning peeps! 🙏🚀