My current obsession is learning to play double bass drums. Ultimately, my goal is to be able to play death metal music at extremely high speeds, which I know is a ridiculous aspiration for a middle-aged Asian woman. I’m terrible at it, and my progress has been painfully slow. In August, I enrolled in a course that promised to make me a master double bass drummer in 9 weeks. 18 weeks later, I still SUCK.

I was ready to give up, but at my age, I feel that it’s now or never. I took a break from drumming for 15 years and am desperately trying to make up for lost time. So I kept practicing and failing every day and recently had a breakthrough. My feet, ankles, leg muscles, and stamina started to cooperate, and I’m now able to pound through an exercise that I struggled with exactly 47 times.

This story doesn’t seem to have anything to do with my business, but maybe it does. Running a small business can be overwhelming, and when things get difficult, I wonder if it’s all worth it. Sometimes I want to curl up in a catatonic ball, but I keep pushing. Embrace your failures, whether it’s starting a new business or a blackened-death-doom metal band. If you’re failing, you’re growing and learning something new.