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Too Big To Fail: Response to Daily Prompt

I liked this prompt and it moved me to respond.

Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).”

I feel like I have too many ideas! It’s not that I’m afraid of failure. Usually what I lack is capital ($$$$) to attempt my ideas. But now as I’m writing that, I wonder if it’s actually true. Let me share a little more of my story with you.

In 2011, I quit my job in teaching to launch a nonprofit program called Healthy Kids in the Heights. I wanted to improve the health & nutrition of Latino families in Washington Heights. Why did I do it then? I felt I was a turning point in my life and didn’t want to have any regrets. This was my passion and I wanted to pursue it. The problem with this venture is that it wasn’t growing quickly enough in order to provide me with an income for myself. I pursued Healthy Kids in the Heights for a year and half, working part-time on other projects as well, but eventually decided it was best to go back into full-time work.  I’m blessed that my day job is in the non-profit field and my focus is obesity prevention and intervention. Healthy Kids in the Heights successfully launched three community programs, gained partners, and raised money. Progress had been made, but I felt I needed more training and a different approach to really make waves. These are the realities of entrepreneurship sometimes. You have to pivot and change course.

So after going through that experience, I’m thinking very carefully about how I would answer the prompt. If I was guaranteed not to fail, I think what I would do is become an expert consultant for schools and institutions to implement comprehensive wellness programs and health interventions. My approach would be to weave in health into all aspects of the organization and embed it into the curriculum. I would want to build investment within the community and involve leaders from the school/institutional environment. In doing this, I would be afraid of failure in two areas: securing a steady stream of reliable, ideal clients & also generating successful outcomes. If I had a guarantee that everything would be successful, then it would be go time! What’s stopped me from doing this already? I feel clients might question my credibility as an “expert.” That’s why I’m going back to school in the fall. I will pursue my MPH (Masters in Public Health) and see where it takes me. My concentration is Community Health Education. I think this idea is a realistic dream that can occur in the future. I just have to get there!

What would YOU do if you were guaranteed not to fail? This is such an awesome question. Would love to hear from you too 🙂