When my grandmother Vivi, the grand daughter of “Big Mama”, turned 105, I asked her for the umpteenth time, what her secret to longevity was. She replied for the umpteenth time: “I don’t make the mistake of worrying about things I can’t control”. Then, we split a piece of peach pie and watched a rerun of her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars”.
When I started RICA, a hundred people gave me a hundred reasons why my company would not work out. Some were practical, some numerical, some logical, some factual, some cynical, some mythical, and some were simply projections of a particular person’s own self-doubts. What got me through the gauntlet of naysayers was this: I believed in myself, the rest I’d figure out along the way. And so, I jumped in, made many different mistakes of every variety. I learned to love these mistakes for giving me the gift of experience and also for bringing me right back to what my grandmother had said; that the only mistake you don’t want to make is worrying about things you can’t control. Like Vivi, lets all live long, healthy and unafraid.