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How to Stay Motivated After a Startup Failure


CREDIT:  Culled from  http://under30ceo.com

staying motivated after a business failure

Achieving your goals and dreams is not always easy.  This is especially true when it comes to building a business.  Building a business is one of the hardest things anyone can do.  It takes years of absolute dedication and effort to truly make a business thrive.  The whole process of starting a business is physically, emotionally, and financially draining.  And oftentimes we invest all that energy just to see the business we built fail.  And that happens quite a bit.  According to the Wall St. Journal, 3 out of 4 ventured-backed startups fail.  And that’s just venture-backed startups.  Bootstrapped startups, with no starting capital, have a higher failure rate.  It’s a difficult thing to face for startup founders; seeing something you’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into crumble.  So the question for founders of failed startups is—how do you stay motivated keep going after the failure of your startup?  Well here are four things to keep in mind to keep your spirit and motivation up after flop of your startup.

Take Comfort in the Fact that Most Startups Fail

Those who start businesses are extremely smart and talented (for the most part).  But even with the talent and intelligence, you cannot get away from the nature of startup heartache.  As a founder, you should take comfort in the fact that most startups do not succeed.  The reasons for a business failing is plenty and many of today’s top entrepreneurs have emerged from previous startup flops.  Andrew Mason, the founder of Groupon, actually founded The Point prior to his successful multi-billion dollar coupon site.  Never heard of The Point?  That’s because it never took off.  Bill Gates, prior to founding Microsoft, was also the founder of the now-defunct Traf-O-Data.  Sir Philip Green, the billionaire British businessman, went through at least three startup failures before making his first million in his thirties.  So as you can see, startup failure is not an exception, it is almost a rule.  Failure with your initial startup is almost a rite of passage for startup success.  So take comfort in that fact.  Take comfort knowing that even the brightest and richest have failed.  Knowing that will give you the motivation to move on and try again.  Because, as the famous Albert Einstein would say, “you never fail until you stop trying.”

Have your End Goal in Mind

I’m sure one of your biggest goals was to make your startup a smashing success.  But I want you to think bigger.  Reach down deep to think about your ultimate goal.  What is the purpose of starting your business?  Why did you want to build a successful startup?  Was it to provide a valuable product to society?  Was it to support your dream lifestyle?  Was it to give your family and loved ones the life they have always wanted?  The startup isn’t the goal itself; it is a means to getting to the goal.  So if one startup doesn’t work out, there are plenty of other opportunities for you to succeed and achieve your goals.  Looking at the big picture and having the end goal in mind is an important element to keeping your motivation after startup failure.  Without seeing the big picture and the end goal, you will be knocked down by every little mishap.

Giving Up is for the Weak

Being a business owner is a whirlwind adventure.  You will feel the ultimate highs and the ultimate lows.  It takes emotional resilience and grit to be able to be a successful business owner.  And if you are planning on giving up after failing a few times, then you are not meant to be a business owner.  So if you want to build a successful business, you have to be willing shrug off the lows.  You have to be resilient and keep going.  Otherwise, startup life is not for you.  Essentially, giving up just means you don’t want it bad enough.  And when you don’t want it bad enough, you will not survive in the competitive culture….  LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE… http://under30ceo.com/how-to-stay-motivated-after-a-startup-failure/#.UWA-bx6EMu5.wordpress

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3 comments on “How to Stay Motivated After a Startup Failure

  1. Mont @PittMoss
    April 12, 2013

    The only way to truly fail is to quit!

  2. Nnadozie Egeonu
    April 12, 2013

    Exactly @PittMoss. Quitting is the stepping stop to failure.

  3. hotstuffstogo
    May 1, 2013

    Reblogged this on hotstuffstogo and commented:
    Very Helpful!

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