Best of Preston: Secret To Success: Never Give Up!

Good Afternoon!

As you may or may not know, I enjoy reading your comments and am very appreciative that you take the time to share your thoughts and experiences with me. Yesterday, while reading through the posts, one (by Paul) really stood out.

Like many others who are fighting through difficult economic times, Paul has faced some setbacks and it has impacted his confidence and sense of direction.


Hi Preston,

I fell in love with flowers, just like you. I left school with not the best grades. I started working at a local florist where I built up my skills and eventually became a head designer. After 6 years, I decided to leave and start my own business at the age of 21. I built up a very good clientele and a thriving business, but with the economic climate getting worse it soon finished after just 2 years. This experience really knocked me back. I spent 6 months without work and lost all my imagination. Back in March, I found a small premises that a friend rented to me, I rang my best clients and told them I was back. I have been open nearly 6 months now. It’s not as busy as I’d like it to be, but it’s getting better. I still haven’t gotten all my confidence back. Sometimes, I think of looking for something different to do. I would love to travel but when I am not taking a wage this is hard to imagine. This is the first time I have written or told this to anyone, so I do feel a bit better now its out. I always read your blogs and each time they give me a little boost. I get the urge to create something. I will carry on until Christmas and then I am going to make some decisions. If you do read this,

Thank you.



When people look at those who have found success, they often get the feeling that the path was without many challenges. I am here to tell you that this is not the case for most, and certainly was not for me. I also endured some very difficult years. There were times when I faced uncertainty and big challenges, but I learned that success is a step-by-step process and that the only sure way to fail was to give up on what it was that I wanted to do.

Please, never give up.

If you manage to get a steady weekly client (such as a local hotel or restaurant) it might be a good way to eliminate your overhead. I live in New York City, a place not known for spacious living quarters. For 10 years I worked out of my small apartment. It used to drive my neighbors crazy when I would hold up the elevator with my flowers. The point is that I managed to continue doing what I loved– working with flowers– and was able to receive a small salary with no overhead. Finally, after years of working this way, things started to turn around. Thank God!

I wish you my very best, Paul.


Many Blessings,




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  • http://YOURWEBSITE Latisha

    Dear Paul,

    Stay encouraged. Life is full of cycles. There will be seasons of plenty and seasons of drought. I love watching documentaries about celebrities life story because every success story has many trying times that would make it easy for one to give up. My guess is they are only successful because they stuck with it even when hitting rock bottom. Hang in there! You are just in the beginning chapters of your own success story. Good luck and may God bless your journey!

  • Navjot Kaur

    Preston, you just said it right Each word that you write is filled with inspiration. Even the picture that you placed is very encouraging. Life is never going to be give anyone a smooth ride. This is learning platform and one who try’s again and again has more chances to be successful. Look above and recognise that destiny has in store for each one of us. Keep faith in God and oneself. God Bless All.

  • http://Facebook.Captivablooms The Garden District, Naples, Fl

    Your local community has volunteer retired business professionals who will mentor you. Send out a mailing…go to event rental companies and caterers, hotel, spas…get a second shft job to pay your bills………….when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. I have been there. Always look prosperous!

  • Mimi

    Preston, I so appreciate your generosity. Not many people in the floral/event business would be willing to share as much as you do. As a boutique florist in Yonkers, NY for nearly 5 years, there’s certainly a lot to learn. Reading your blog is like having a great mentor. Thanks for all you do and the inspiration yo uprovide through your work.

  • Zsuzsana Dunn

    Dear Preston,

    Thank you for being so open, honest & inspirational. It is so rare to find someone who is as successful as yourself to do that. I seem to come across many “snobby” turn their noses down “designers” who won’t even give you the time of day if you’re not of a certain pedigreed designer label. Times today are tough for everyone & some days I do feel like giving up. But I keep going & I’m so thankful for every “small” wedding with an even smaller budget. I have met some of the nicest couples & they make it worth while. Someday I’ll have a big wedding or event. One things for sure I will never forget where I came from & how hard it is to make your dreams come true. I will also never forget those who have inspired me & brought me joy. Every day that I work with natures beauty & share that joy with someone else, makes every day worth while. Thank you for being you.

    Zsuzsana Dunn
    ZuDun’s Event Flowers, Vancouver, WA

  • Carolin

    Thank you so much for those words of encouragement as it resonates with me as well. It can become pretty difficult at times especially with a small business but if this is truly your passion, you’ll persevere. Put God first in all you do and let him guide your path.

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    I really enjoy your blogs..never give up is easy to say, but in reality, how many people actually give up:)

  • Mishka

    First – Paul – I don’t know if this is a possibility for you, but my first thought was “if you want to travel, maybe you could do your business someplace else (even another country!) AND combine what you love to do :).” If I told you what I made in a year and yet I’m still able to do some traveling, you probably wouldn’t believe it – but I’m extremely careful with my money and, as Preston mentioned, I do most things out of my own home :). It’s a pain when I get busy and my house is a mess – but it does enable me to have a bit more freedom :). Thank you for sharing because I completely relate to feeling like giving up and doubting oneself. You are not alone :).

    Second – Preston – feels weird to type that – feels better to type Mr. Bailey – thank you so much for sharing and for caring about us little owners with big dreams and hearts. I agree with Mimi – I have started to feel like I have a long distance mentor through your blogs and I appreciate it with all my heart.

  • Tatiana

    You designs are always my inspiration. Happy new year
    Best Regards

  • Debra

    With winter being here….take on a second shift job that brings in real money.
    Sign up for the bridal shows that happen in January and February
    Get yourself in order to be ready when the season hits.

  • Tarisai Makwavarara

    today I sat on my computer and I was thinking of giving up this bussiness. i was just dobting myself and the work that I am doing especially when i look at how far other have gone, but when i started to read your blogs and some of the comments shared here, i felt a boost of hope and faith that i will make it. where i want to reach and where i am feel like a long way away, i am only building my bussiness through doing events. But when i read these inspirational stories i just realised that i am on the right track and I will get there.

    thank you so so much Mr Bailey for having this blog and for reaching out to us small ones who are trying to make it in this bussiness. i have tried so many many things in mylife and failed but this that I am doing now i know i will not fail. the passsion i have will drive me to my success.

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