When I was a kid, I actually did not believe that Santa could exist. I know, I was a really WEIRD child. And a really observant one at that. Same with the tooth fairy.
Somehow in my 5 year old brain I put together that my parents were just pretending to be these things. My friends and other kids would always talk about how they couldn't wait for Santa to bring them gifts, or for the tooth fairy to drop off some money. I just flat out did not believe that he existed because I didn't think it was possible for someone to have the ability to fly, have magical reindeer, or magically produce presents on a small sled for hundreds and thousands of kids across the globe. Not to mention the time zones, duh! I was an abnormal kid who thought about these things. It was because for me, seeing was believing.
As I got older, I became more aware of my surroundings and how the world worked. Funny enough I had always thought that I had an extra sense. I thought that I could read people really well, almost reading their thoughts like a psychic, but somehow, Santa did not fool me. I think what made me start believing in things that I did not see was that I would get “lucky streaks” of things happening. I would win a small little scratch off, or win a contest, etc. because a part of me had a slight feeling that I was going to win. And that feeling, my friends, is why you must believe without seeing.
The very first contest I remember winning was about ten years ago. I went to Subway for lunch and they were having a giveaway for a PlayStation Plus handheld system. For giggles, I decided to enter the code on their website to see if I would win. I vividly remember right before I hit the ‘Enter' button, I envisioned myself winning this prize.
I pictured it in my mind. I visualized how I would react, what my boyfriend would say, how excited I would feel if I won it. I actually felt the excitement when I visualized it! Then I pressed the enter key. “Congratulations! You're a Winner” popped up on my phone screen. Ironically, I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing. At first I doubted my psychic powers. I thought maybe it was a virus on my phone, or that I won a free sandwich instead of the grand prize. But after reading the message over and over again, it was indeed legit.
A quote that always stuck with me was the difference between hope and faith is that hope is wishing for a thing to come true, and faith is knowing a thing to come true. Once I started to truly believe that I would win something, I did. It's as simple as that, but also as complex as that. Convincing yourself that you are going to win something takes a lot of convincing. Because you don't see “the luck”. You don't see God or the Universe. But you have to believe it in order to make it true.
My dad was someone that needed to see things first to believe it. A few years ago I joined the family business and we decided we were going to go to a trade show. We walked in and saw they were raffling a $500 shopping spree. For some reason I felt an adrenaline rush telling me that I was going to win. As I wrote down my name and put it in the bowl, I turned to my dad and said “I am going to win”. My dad just laughed because he thought I was joking around. But then I said it again: “I am going to win”. He probably thought I was crazy. As we walked around the trade show, they started to announce the winners. Sure enough I hear my name over the PA. I don't think I've ever seen my dad so stunned before! But I always think back on that story so that I don't ever forget that I have to believe -like really truly believe- in myself, or else that “thing” might not ever happen.
We actually started Stain Fu shortly after that happening. It wasn't the sole reason, but it helped us make the leap on starting the adventure. We knew that creating a stain remover in today's world was going to be tough, challenging, and a LOT of work. But we believe in our story, believe in our product, and believe that we can make our mark. Once you believe, that's when you will see the good things happening.