The Silent Entrepreneur: Christmas Failure

I was on autopilot, and all I could think about was not failing. Yet, I was. I can remember several years in a row at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I would get up at 4 a.m. and cook for our entire family and our extended family. I would recruit my kids to join in, and the music would play as we cooked up a storm. But as our family members would arrive and our four tables beautifully set, I would serve the food and then disappear into our bedroom.

I had nothing left to give anyone. I was mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. I made every holiday as memorable as I could for everyone but myself.

For everyone, delicious delights, my husband, and his father personally served dinner at their favorite spots at the table each time. But my strive for perfection left me empty.

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About the author : Darlene Gagnon

Darlene Gagnon is an award-winning entrepreneur recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners and is an Enterprising Women Inspirational Entrepreneur. She served on the board of directors for Entrepreneurs’ Organization and has mentored entrepreneurs and start-ups for over a decade. Her two companies, WeKinnect Global Branding Agency, and Kinetic Promotional Product Services have been recognized as “Best Places to Work” and “Largest Agency” by American City Business Journal. Both companies serve the US, Canadian, European, and Australian markets. Most recently induction to the $1 million dollar club with industry leader ipromotu.