If this happened to me, I would cry

If this happened to me, I would cry

What if Your Launch Doesn’t Go As Planned?

Imagine preparing for something for months – years even – and then overnight it goes poof!

Last week I got to see a friend perform in Lempicka on Broadway.

It’s a musical about Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka’s escape from the Russian Revolution and her time trying to make it as an artist in Paris.

It hit the stage just 2 weeks earlier. It was getting so much buzz.

And then it got canceled.

Their final performance was actually 2 days ago. 😢

Before the show, we chatted with our extremely talented Broadway friend about what happened.

He and his cast mates were devastated. Thirty minutes before curtain time, they found out the show they’d worked on for months – and planned to perform for years – was over.

All that hard work – poof.

I’m not sure whether audience goers knew what happened or how upset the talented cast was.

Squeezed tightly into the red velvet seats, my heart hurt knowing how much they’d put into it. I was equally inspired they put on such a heartfelt, energetic performance despite the circumstances.

Even though they knew their days were numbered, they all performed with the enthusiasm and energy I imagined they had on Day 1.

Their ability to keep calm and carry on reminded me of something…

I couldn’t help but think of what happens when you’re in a launch.

You plan and work for months for it to go perfectly. But no matter what you do, things don’t always go as planned.

No matter how your launch goes, how many sign ups you get, or who downloads your free thing, you’ve got to show up and see it through.

When I started, I’d pout if launches didn’t go my way. I’d obsessively check stats and stop showing up right in the middle of it.

Over time, I learned the value of what the cast of Lempicka did.

No matter how things are going off stage, it can’t impact what you do on stage.

I’ve had a few launches recently that didn’t start out great (I had a big tech snafu on Day 1 of my February ‘24 launch… which ended up being my biggest yet!).

But now, I don’t quit. I keep the same level of enthusiasm and energy throughout the launch. I keep showing up.

So next time you feel like throwing in the towel because you think your fate is already sealed, shake it off and channel that Day 1 energy.

You’ve got this. Lights, camera, curtain… 🎬

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