Feeling Down About a Lack of Success

When you work really hard on something and you don’t see success right away, it can leave you feeling down.

Feeling like you’re not doing the right things.

Like you’re not as smart as you thought you were.

Like you’re never going to see the upside.

It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re feeling this way. You were excited at first, but now you don’t know if you should keep pushing.

This is why being an entrepreneur is hard, and why so many people fail at it. Pushing through these tough times is what separates the wheat from the chaff. (Confession, I had to look up what chaff means)

What you do in moments like this defines you.

You can choose to give up and go do something that brings you a steady paycheck. There is nothing wrong with that.

Or you can choose to push ahead. Trust your processes and your intuition that this could be something great.

Focus on grinding instead of on checking your analytics and getting depressed. Ignore the other people around you seemingly finding success so easily, and work harder.

Maybe you need to make a big change, or focus on different things. Make sure you are pointed in the right direction, then press your foot on the gas.

If you choose to keep going, you will get knocked down again. It’s inevitable. The only consolation is that getting up will be slightly easier each time you do it.


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Posted by Scott

  1. Pippin Williamson July 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I find it helpful to remember that it’s okay not to constantly push forward. It’s completely okay, and human to slow down and not drive, drive, drive.

    I was reminded of that this morning http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-varon/to-anyone-who-thinks-theyre-falling-behind_b_9190758.html

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    1. Cheers Pippin, it’s hard to remember that it’s ok to slow down once in a while, and that our self-worth is not the same as our business success.

      Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Good motivation and good comment by Pippin too.

    “What you do in moments like this defines you.”–This was my favorite line because everyone working on a business hits a wall at some point. If you can get through it–climb over it, bust through it, go around it–there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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