Every so often, I sit down with an entrepreneur who’s going through some very difficult times. The funding they thought they had secured fell through. Their co-founder left after a nasty fight. Their product, which they have been working on seemingly forever, completely bombed in the market.
One of the most important factors in persevering through hard times is your personal support network. Tweet This Quote
In the late nineties, I had to shatter my first startup. I had to tell my investors that we couldn’t make it work. I had to fire a dozen people who worked their backsides off for the company. I had to tell my friends and family, who supported me throughout the whole ride, that I failed.
None of that is easy. Far from it. It pushed me into a depression and it took a three month backpacking trip to Central America to get me out of it. But life goes on. It always does. In some miraculous, wonderful way, the ship always seems to righten itself in the end.
As entrepreneurs, the work we’re doing is too important to give up.
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What I found, over the years, to be one of the most important factors in persevering through hard times and building up resilience is your personal support network. You need people you can talk to about this stuff. People who understand you, who have walked or are walking in your shoes. Who don’t judge you and are there for you when you need them. Who create a safe space and allow you to be vulnerable. Why not give them a call this weekend?
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This post originally appeared on Pascal’s blog.