I remind myself that being an entrepreneur is all about ups and downs. Some days you will doubt yourself and other days you will believe that you’re on the perfect path. I remind myself that even if I end up making a wrong choice, mistakes can sometimes be a blessing in disguise because they only make you stronger and give you something to learn from. It’s all about the journey, so you have to believe in the end goal, not the moments when you doubt yourself.
—Yarden Katz, co-founder and designer at Carbon & Hyde
I always ask, What is inside my circle of influence? If it is something I cannot change or is in the past, then I move on and focus on things I can change and make an impact on. Beyond finding out what you have done wrong and where you can improve, you have little to gain by obsessing over things you cannot change.
—Randy Rayess, co-founder, VenturePact
I take everything to heart. Sometimes when things go wrong, I let them marinate in my head over and over again. That is not conducive to a healthy, stress-free life. Therefore, I decide to take action. When something is not right, I sit down and brainstorm ways to make it better or learn from my mistakes. After the brainstorming is complete, I box up those negative feelings and just remember what I learned.
—Lyndsi Stafford, founder, CEO, eLuminate Marketing
Before deciding to table a project, I do a comprehensive review of it. I have a set of questions I use to assess a project’s progress every two weeks. During this review process, if the project isn’t moving the needle in the direction I want it to, or isn’t allowing me to hit the goals I established for it, only then do I make the conscious decision to move on from it. Sometimes, you can pivot the project slightly, and it can be a win! At the end of the day, if what you’re working on is not directly helping you achieve your goals, you need to move on.
—Agnieszka Burnett, founder and creative director of Nomaterra
The first step in being able to move on is to first recognize and accept that an issue has occurred, then learn what caused it and determine how your actions led to either fixing it or making it worse. Once you know where the issues stemmed from, you can leverage that knowledge to find a solution.
—Rahim Charania, CEO, American Fueling Systems
This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.