Words from the experts are often looked up to by not just their peers but also those who want to reach their level. Starting entrepreneur? Employee? Accountant? Whoever you are there will come a time that you will feel down and demotivated. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. But how will you get back? With a little motivation from the experts, maybe it will ignite again the fire in you and help you realize what your goal is.
Get Up and Recover!
“Every time you take on a challenge or make a decision, there’s a chance you may come up short, and that’s alright.”
— Aaron Meyers, President & COO of Hammer & Nails
You can always take a moment or break whenever there are failures and mistakes. But don’t let yourself stuck in that position forever nor define you and what you can do. Get up and recover!
Introspect and Be Self-Aware
“Self-awareness helps you make the right decisions.”
— Bill Warren, former President of Monster.com and CEO of Direct Employers
For Warren, knowing your core self is foundational to success, especially at the top level. Even researchers and leadership guru agree with this, as Jack Senger seconded that self-awareness is the singular secret for success.
Be Courageous, Not Perfect
“Starting a company can be scary and lonely, and the funnest and most rewarding thing you will do. Just keep taking steps towards the goal. Buy the domain name. Tell people about what you are building. Close your first customer. Don’t focus on doing these things perfectly, do them bravely. Focusing on perfect will lead to inaction. With each imperfect step, it will be harder and harder to turn around and walk away.”
— Maxine Minter, co-founder and head of operations at Radvocate, a tech-enabled consumer advocacy startup
Starting a company may sound grandiose for others, but in the first stages of it, you’ll be alone on the groundwork. So, it’s important to keep a brave and persistent heart while championing this stage.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
“You will never know enough. You will always be forced to make a decision without fully understanding what is coming. As a founder, that is just something you have to get comfortable with.”
— Aaron O’Hearn, Co-founder and CEO of Startup Institute
It may be scary at first but you’ll be surprised to know that it is a rewarding and learning experience.
Let Go and Move On to the Next Big Thing
“As a founder — or anyone who feels proud of and close to the product he or she creates — you struggle to have the right perspective about your business. It’s easy to get too close, and that can be distracting. Here’s the good and bad news: No one is looking at your work as closely as you are. So, remember that when you’re on hour four debating which shade of navy blue works best for your logo. Yes, details matter. But at a certain point, you have to let go and move on to the next thing.”
— Pavia Rosati, Founder of Fathom
It’s frustrating if those small things are not done perfectly. But remember that those do not deserve your attention anymore. Let your people handle that and focus on your core goals and objectives.
Recognize and Own Your Success
“One issue I had to face and overcome as a female entrepreneur was taking ownership of my success. Unfortunately, women are often taught to downplay our accomplishments, so we seem less threatening or boastful. It’s important to realize that you don’t need to do this in order to succeed. Make a habit of recording hard evidence of your successes, so that no one (including you) can dismiss them. This practice is a great way to boost your confidence as a female business owner.”
— Katie Schmidt, owner, founder, and lead designer of Passion Lilie, an ethical clothing boutique.
If you put heart out in everything you do, there will surely be a fruitful result. Don’t let other people dismiss your success just because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. It’s a crime!
Have a Firm Stand
“In 2020, all organizations are being asked to embrace a higher standard on ethics and equality. Customers, vendors, and employees all want this, and companies that live up to these standards are rewarded.”
— Dr. Chris Tomshack, Founder, and CEO of HealthSource
In order to have a holistic success, it is important to adapt and live to the dynamic social norms. Take a close look at your policies, listen to stakeholders and make sure everything is aligned.
“With the community, give before you get. Do deep research for your ideas, but trust your instincts. Actively seek guidance, but know the advice often conflicts, so you need your own conviction. With product, think expansively, then pare it back to basics. Be proud of what you build, though there will never be perfection. Be aware of competition, but don’t worry about it. Be direct with your team, but always kind, empathetic, and self-aware. Understand that maybe the world doesn’t need your idea, so know when to move on. Luck and resilience are as important as ideas and talent. Don’t believe your own press, good or bad. Don’t take yourself too seriously, even if you’re trying to change the world. Never lose sight of the important stuff: love, friends, family.”
— Jamyn Edis, Founder and CEO of Dash Lab
You can be distracted by so many beautiful and amazing opportunities and work, but don’t forget to look back to where you started. And have a life outside the four walls of your office!
Don’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket!
“The best entrepreneurs don’t seek risk. They seek to mitigate risk.”
— Rick Desai, Co-founder of Dashfire
It’s basic economics. Successful people always calculate what they’re going to do.
Focus on You!
“Ignore the hype you see about other startups in the press. It’s usually a pack of lies, and half of them will be dead in a year. Focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing”
— Jules Pieri, Co-founder, and CEO of The Grommet
It may build up pressure on you but don’t let their noise get in your way.
If there’s one thing they would say to you, that’d be “Been there, done that.” Success is not an overnight process but a long, rigorous journey. It’s all about continuing what you have started and being true to your goals. So, if they can do it, so are you!