In a candid post on Instagram, Australian supermodel Megan Gale announced that she is shutting down her start-up company after she “trusted the wrong people.”
Mindful Life, the natural skincare brand for babies and children, was in the making from conception to reality for six years and was launched 18 months ago.
“After a lot of consideration, I am making the hard call to close my online store,” she said in the long video post.
“Last week I posted a video and I touched on that I have been going through a fair bit of stuff this year – aside from what had happened with my brother, that stuff I was referring to has to do with my business,” she said.
“When you are a very small basic start-up and you don’t have a lot of infrastructure and you don’t have a lot of things done in-house, you have to outsource certain responsibilities and tasks to third parties, other businesses, which is what I had to do,” she said.
“In short, I trusted the wrong people … in some pretty major elements of the business.”
“It’s not been without its challenges, however. I knew going into a start-up it wouldn’t be without its challenges. I was prepared for that. I was warned about that,” she said.
“What I wasn’t prepared for was that these teething issues would grow into big issues, that they would be ongoing and they would be just ceaseless, really.
“It’s got to the point where these issues are quite insurmountable.”
“It wasn’t until I got to about June this year when I realised how much time I’d lost and how I couldn’t come back from it,” she said.
“So at that point I was completely spent. I mean, I’m a pretty tough chick, I’ve got a lot of fight in me. I had used up all of my reserves of resilience and tenacity and just sheer determination.”
“So I got to that point in June and said, ‘That’s it, I’m done’.”
“If they were things that were in my control or stuff-ups that I had caused, I could at least own that and try to remedy it and fix it, but when it’s something that someone else has done and it’s out of your control, there’s such an incredible amount of helplessness,” she said.
“There’s nothing like the death of someone extremely close to you to make you stop and take stock and reassess what you’re doing with your own life and underline the complete importance of how precious life is and what little time we really do have here.”