On Monday, it will have been exactly 10 years since I conveyed my half interest in the old company to my business partner to begin anew with Patient Media. Wow. Time flies.
The Small Business Administration reports that over 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years. I understand. I learned some of the most important lessons of my life during those difficult first five years as we struggled to find our voice, establish our tribe and face the cash flow issues that all new businesses struggle with. On several occasions I remember thinking that if I had known that it was going to be this difficult, I might not have sold a sure thing to start over on my own.
Of course, nothing is a sure thing. Especially these days.
We got a lot of help. A couple of critical speaking gigs exposed Patient Media to a group of new customers at a pivotal moment. A printer who came through at a particularly difficult time. And Bob Ashida, a graphics genius. Plus, an incredible support team that has included Leslyn, Sam, Mike, Maggie, Kim and Melissa. Not to mention our incredible distributors around the world, our affiliation with the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance and our chiropractors, Dr. Bill Henrie and Dr. Lou Jenik.
Thanks for being part of our 10 years of learning, loving and serving. We appreciate you more than you will ever, ever know. It’s an honor to serve beside you and we look forward to the next 10 years with even greater anticipation. After all, we’re just getting started!
Thank you. I mean it. Thank you!