If you’ve never heard the phrase, “Everything is figureoutable”, I (this is Rebecca here) won’t say you’ve been living under a rock—you just might not be that into business books, and that’s totally OK.
This is the title of a business book written by Marie Forleo in 2019 . I haven’t read it yet but you can check it out here if it suits your fancy.
As soon as it hit the shelf, I found myself kind of annoyed by the title.
It just seemed too easy and maybe, a little too slick. I don’t like trite advice and this felt like it.
Here’s the thing—there are tons of things that are not, in fact, figureoutable.
Chronic health challenges, grieving the death of a loved one, a freaking global pandemic—none of these things can be dealt with by “figuring it out”; matters of the heart aren’t easily fixed.
But, because I haven’t read the book and I know we’re not to judge a book by it’s cover (or I guess, title, in this case) I do think it’s important to make a distinction.
Some things are totally, 100% figureoutable and most of the challenges that accompany building, growing, or scaling a business, fall into this category.
And that’s really important to remember when you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.
If you’re doing something you’ve never done before—as we often are when starting a business—you are literally always going to feel like that.
It’s actually supposed to feel like that.
At Growing Small Towns, we’re renovating a 100-year-old building.
Every single day, I’m confronted with questions that I don’t have the answers to, and honestly, have zero clue about.
From building codes to choosing each and every material, I often feel like I’m drowning. I’m in over my head regularly.
The old me would have felt embarrassed and ashamed, believing that I should know better; I’d have felt like something was wrong with me or that I didn’t do my due diligence.
None of that is true.
When we feel like we’re in over our heads and we don’t know what we’re doing, we just need to ask for help.
Someone will know the answers. Someone does have the expertise to solve the challenges you’re facing. You are not a less capable business owner because that someone isn’t you yet.
That’s what makes these things figreoutable; there are answers, we just need to find them.
So, in times of growth, grit, and fumbling with what to do next, don’t let yourself be dissuaded.
As long as it’s not life or death (which most things in business are not) you can figure it out and if you care enough about seeing your vision come to life, you will.