The Little Engine That Sucked…

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You know the story The Little Engine that Could and how he overcame his challenges by positive thinking...well, I am proposing an updated version called The Little Engine That Sucked. It's still a story about reaching your goals but this time he is going to:

  • make mistakes,
  • look stupid,
  • feel afraid,
  • doubt himself,

AND continues on track to his vision.

It is time to shine light on the darker side of being an entrepreneur with the purpose of inspiring commitment, growth and willingness to be vulnerable when achieving your dreams. Be willing to lean into the uncertainty of what is just ahead. Be fueled by your unbridled passion to create your vision into your future. Because even if you are on the right track if you stop, the train it will eventually run you over!

Of course you are already using positive thinking, keeping a positive self-belief and surrounding yourself with supportive people but they will only take you so far when you reach the dark tunnel of doubt, resistance, and fear.

What will you do to keep moving? Here is what you do: you suck ass, you look stupid, you make mistakes and then celebrate how sucky you are doing!

Let me clarify what celebrating your suckiness means:

  • This is not a pity party.
  • This is not a chance to pull out all the reasons you can't move forward.
  • This is about embracing the imperfections you will create.
  • This is about loving YOU even when you don't want to.
  • This is about pure acceptance for all you bring into the world.

I'm declaring this week to be the "I totally sucked and celebrated it" week!

Are you willing to join me?

About Adeah Wetzel
With a degree in psychology, 6+ years of social service work, and her background as a successful real-estate entrepreneur, Adeah brings her finely tuned sense of human behaviors, thoughts, and motivations into her true love affair with social media – the ultimate way to bring like-minded people from across the globe into your business. As a mom with two kids of her own, Adeah lives the successful-business-well-loved family dream.


  1. Oh Adeah, I so needed to hear this right now. I’m completely on board with “I totally sucked and celebrated it” week! Anything to move me past fear and pulling out all the reasons why sucking means I can’t move forward. Excellent post.
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  2. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Christie, Yes! Thanks for being willing to suck and celebrate this week! I believe many self-employed people need to hear this message otherwise we tend to think “something’s not working” or “this isn’t my path” or other nasty thoughts that stop us in our tracks. Sure wish someone would have let me know that sucking ass is part of success!

  3. Rena Hatch says:

    Adeah, I love this post! Yes, I’m joining you. This is such a great reminder! Your post reminds me that it is also important to keep our sense of humor, not take ourselves ‘too seriously’ and have fun with the “adventure of being self-employed”. Thanks for starting my week off with a smile. 😉
    Here’s to embracing all the ups and downs!
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  4. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Rena! OMG is it an adventure of self-growth just by being self-employed. I’ve been sucking & celebrating for the last week and now I can re-frame mistakes as milestones to creating my vision!

  5. So happy to see other people promoting this idea, Adeah! I call it Radical Self-Approval. It’s the place where I get to say: “OMG, I just fell on my ass — aren’t I the cutest thing?”

    I believe wholeheartedly in being transparent on our journey to success, b/c no one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life. Some just omit those from their story. Nice for those just exercising their entrepreneurial wings to know it ain’t always as easy as it looks!
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  6. This posts reminds me of one of my favorite entrepreneurial ideas: “Fail fast, fail often.” There are plenty of variations on this but the idea is the same as that in your post. Embrace the failure! Then get back up and get ready to do it all over again. It’s not just about learning from our mistakes. It’s about expecting them in a way – and celebrating them. We learn so much more from our mistakes, errors and fall-on-our-butt failures. I completely count myself in that group and am gladly joining your “I totally sucked it and celebrated it!” week.

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  7. Randi says:

    Yup. I’m in. I figure we need to name it when it sucks, dance a little jig, gather up the learning and move forward. But what I love best about naming it when it sucks, is that it sucks! We don’t have to pretend that it’s something else, trick ourselves or act like we’re cool with it. That in and of itself seems to be a magic wand for taking the pressure off, but also being ok with it. And if not ok, out of denial and free from being tethered to it. Thanks!

  8. nasrine says:

    It’s all about the mistakes, it’s where we learn, develop and evolve the most. The painful lessons not always when we’re sitting pretty on easy street, rather when we’ve hit bottom and the only direction to go it UP! Thank you for this wonderful reminder of what needs to happen in order for us to be “all that we can be” we need to fail. Someone recently mentioned to me that some folks are starting to include their failures on cover letters, CV and resumes and it’s helping them land jobs!
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  9. Kathleen says:

    Brilliant! Bravo! Thank you so much! This IS the mantra we need to embrace! because… it’s EXACTLY what shows up! and there is no way to displace it, or get read of our fears and terrors and ignorance. It draws up such vulnerability! yet you are writing here actually gifts me with the TERRAIN of becoming an entrepreneur! and how to embrace and move with and be fueled by these aspects that show up.

    Love it, Adeah! Thank you!

  10. Awesome post. I love it.

    There are definitely been days that being an entrepreneur sucks. I really felt that last week. But in talking to my coach this week, we agreed that I had matured, because I didn’t let the suckiness of it run me over. Ok it sucked. But so what. It’s supposed to suck. Even for her, after 10+ years, there are still days where you threaten to go back to a day job. But oh, that is not what the world has in mind. I have bigger things to do. So off to do them.
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  11. Ashley says:

    Ah, I feel a sigh of relief reading this, Here’s to sucking it up and loving myself whole heartedly! It’s so crazy to read the comments above and realize that everyone has these days. You don’t see the internal battles. Last Sunday I had a really good cry, and I felt so relieved from the pressure of “appearing to have it all together.”


  12. Love this celebration in suckiness! Need this right now as I am branching into new untapped territories of entrepreneurial-ship! Thanks for making this fun, refreshing and acceptable! Here’s to my mistakes and suckiness as I find my way!!
    xo, Tina
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  13. Can we extend the celebration for a few months? I feel like I do the “I suck” dance just about every day. I’ve been an entrepreneur for about four years now and I’m getting to the point where no one returns my phone calls/emails. I actually clicked on a spam email today thinking it really was someone wanting to give me money. Crazy!
    Thanks for the nice post. I’m glad I found it. Jesyca
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