Is It Time For an Attitude Adjustment?

In my little corner of the world, iKnitQuiltSew, I find myself always looking for the next best thing to have in my shop or in my booth. I’ve tried a myriad of things, very few of which worked. For example…

Infinity Set 2

My most recent idea was to offer tapered/adjustable headbands (perhaps my best-seller consistently year after year) with matching infinity scarves.  I live in the Rocky Mountains, and it gets cold and snowy here.  This will be a real winner, I thought somewhat gleefully.  So I dug in and knitted a total of ten sets of scarves/headbands.  I decided to offer them separately (maybe someone would just want one or the other) and at a small discount if purchased together.  I really thought this was going to be a big hit.

Over the course of the last 14 months, I finally got rid of the last of the infinity scarves.  All told, I sold a grand total of one set and just 4 scarves as single purchases.  The remaining five scarves were put in the clearance  section of my booth display at half price.  The last one sold just before Christmas.  Over the course of that year, I did pick up two different custom orders to knit headband/scarf sets in particular colors.  I made a bit of extra money on those orders, as I do charge a small premium ($5) for custom work.

But, at the end of it all, I’m just frustrated and perturbed at myself for investing time, effort, resources and funds into something that didn’t work.  It wasn’t broken and I tried to fix it anyway…  what an idiot.

FurPet Lime Hand

Hold on a minute!  Here’s where the attitude adjustment comes into play. Like all artists, craftsmen/women, and business owners in general, my work and offerings need to evolve to stay appealing and perhaps relevant. I absolutely didn’t fail.  I tried something and it didn’t work. But I learned from that experience, and my skills are improved because of it. (I taught myself a few new stitches in the process.) It wasn’t a total failure at all.  I actually didn’t lose any money. I simply didn’t discover that next best thing.  Not every idea I come up with will be a FurPet© (to date, I’ve sold 364 of ‘em!). And I’ll never find the next “thing” if I keep beating myself up over things I try that don’t work.

The bottom line is, none of us succeed if we don’t try! If what we try doesn’t work, it’s simply a step on the pathway to finding the thing that will work.

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