Fear of Failure


Did you know I started two businesses prior to Bagnet? The first was an Interior Design company based here in Sacramento. I set up a website, made business cards, took photos of my work and . . . soon decided that Sacramento was not an ideal place to start my business due to some very talented competition and a limited number of designer-hiring residents. The second was an e-commerce store selling large dog supplies and accessories. Again, I created the website, added products and photos and even went to a few trade shows. Despite receiving some orders I realized that my heart wasn’t really into selling dog supplies and I closed up shop.

 During that time I was pretty unhappy in my career and I was hell bent on figuring a way out and being my own boss. The day I created the first Bagnet I wasn’t necessarily looking to start a business – I made the first one out of sheer frustration that there wasn’t a product on the market that could solve my (regularly occurring) problem of no hooks in public restrooms. I didn’t make the prototype with a business in mind, but when I stitched together that first Bagnet and started using it everywhere, there was no option in my mind but to develop the product and start selling it.

 Sometimes I wonder if I hit upon success because I stopped trying to “manufacture” a business and allowed one to develop naturally. One thing I’m sure of is that my first two “failed” businesses weren’t really failures at all. I look at those attempts as stepping stones that allowed me to finally achieve my goal, and without having those experiences Bagnet might not have ever taken off. Without those failures, I’d have no perspective on success and I wouldn’t have clarity on what truly fulfills me as a business owner. Most importantly, I didn’t let those failures define me and I didn’t let them inhibit me. I could have dwelled on the disappointment and the embarrassment of failure but instead, I reflected on the experiences, learned what I could from them, and allowed myself to move on without beating myself up (no easy feat for a Type-A perfectionist). Whenever the fear of failure creeps into my thoughts I remind myself that you have to fail before you can succeed, and I repeat this quote from Henry Ford: “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely”.


  • Posted on by Brigitte A Baker

    I just want to second Manuela’s comment. Get over yourself, Ummmmm.

  • Posted on by Manuela

    I just learned about you, the amazing products and the blog from a friend while we were out to dinner!
    Your struggles are very clear in the blog, and true to Ford’s quote….failure is an opportunity.
    I am so sorry that some people play revisionist history (as the person above) and get so “triggered”, if they spent more time creating themselves they wouldn’t care ( or have time) to worry about slamming others.
    I teach Personal security and can’t wait to show off your invention to my next classes!
    I thank you for your perseverance!

  • Posted on by Sarah Vasquez-Curtis

    Wow Congrats on your success! You should be so proud and I am so excited to see your Sacramento Strong. I am a true believer its better to allow a business develope naturally, and you are proof that works best.

  • Posted on by Ummmmm

    Wow. Was really disappointed to see a quote from Henry Ford in an email from your company. I hope this “inspirational” quote isn’t a true reflection of you and your company. Henry Ford is a well-known racist (see this recent article which brings up the issues: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/04/mayors-bid-to-censor-article-on-henry-fords-anti-semitism-goes-viral.html ). There are plenty of other non-racist people who have inspiring quotes about failure you can lean on. I suggest you think about the people who inspire you a bit more and maybe even do a two minute google search before linking your company to a dark history like what Henry Ford left behind.

  • Posted on by Kelly
    Love this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It’s uplifting for other entrepreneurs to know that it’s okay if things don’t always turn out the way you thought they would and to never give up hope, spirit or belief in yourself. ✨🙌🙏

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