A potential investor hasn’t responded to your emails or phone calls. A shipment is late, meaning you can’t deliver a product that a customer expects tomorrow. A social media campaign launched earlier in the year isn’t generating the results you wanted.
If some – or all – of these scenarios sound familiar, you aren’t alone. Just about every entrepreneur has moments like this.
Here are words of wisdom from a few 40-and-older entrepreneurs interviewed for my book. Their perspectives may give you a lift if or when you’re having an off day.
“If my back starts to hurt, I pretend it doesn’t. I just keep my eye focused. It’s really about mental focus.” – Frannie Martin, Cookies on Call
“You have to be tough. You have to be ready to deal with it and have emotional support.” — Michael Penny, Savvy Rest
“Reach out. Find a mentor. Entrepreneurs want to give back.” — Suzanne Magee, Bandura
“Everyone makes mistakes when starting out. If you start small, these mistakes are not likely to be expensive ones.” — Art Koff, consultant and founder of RetiredBrains.com
“You have to love what you do, then those challenges become good challenges. Never stop learning.” – Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers
“Whenever we were over our heads, we found the right experts, such as attorneys who specialized in franchising, public relations/marketing experts and accountants. Leveraging the expertise of others is key to any successful business.” — Sharon Dillard, Get A Grip
“If you have an idea, you have to be able to work hard, persevere, listen to people and still stay true to yourself. Don’t get discouraged.” — Annie Margulis, Girls Golf