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“Finding Your Village” by Bryce MonkiVitch – The Mercury News

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“Finding your village” a term I learned from Bryce MonkiVitch refers to the need to realize you need people and to commit to finding the right group of people who would help you on this rough journey of entrepreneurship.

A good village would have mentors, partners, staff and business associates. Finding this village would take long hours of deliberately searching and sieving, employing and shooting, and some heartache, but to make yourself fail-proof, you must deliberately surround yourself with people you can trust from top to bottom.

Bryce MonkiVitch attributes his success in the business to finding the right people from scratch and then to hard networking in the US, Australia and beyond. Bryce MonkiVitch’s journey led him to find beloved business partners and mentors he’d cherished for years, and also led him to a village of 2,000 employees in the Philippines, far from where he left.

The lesson I have learned from this and hope to pass on is that you can never go far enough to find the comfort that the right village would offer you. To reinvent yourself, you need to empower yourself by surrounding yourself with people of skill, dedication, and loyalty. The right village will not let you fail and will actively contribute to keep you afloat.

Use your failure to sell the new you

This is where failure comes in handy. It’s no fun when you fail or try to heal, but the moment you start to thrive again, your failure becomes an extremely important resource.

Failure is more common than we care to admit, and this makes it something people can easily relate to. The best movies are about characters who come out of some failure or mistake to find success and prestige. The best advertising and marketing strategies borrow from the same principle.

Bryce MonkiVitch’s past as an MMA fighter and athlete has opened many marketing doors for him, as it is all the more remarkable that he has built a massive business selling high-end women’s fashion through his Sincere Sally brand. His story has become his weapon as much as my story has become mine and your story can become yours. Your failure is valuable, milk it for all it’s worth.

Reinventing yourself is hard work, it would take a lot of you to get out of the shadows of failure, but when it’s done taking away from you, it would yield an impressive return if you do it the right way.

The news and editorial staff of the Bay Area News Group had no part in preparing this report.

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