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Going Through Hell? Keep on Going!

At one point or another, every entrepreneur will fall on hard times. Here’s some motivation to keep going when that happens.
Cover image via: The New Yorker

If you’re an entrepreneur, or someone aspiring to launch into a feat of entrepreneurism, you have to come to terms with something up front. One day—maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow and maybe not next week—you may find yourself staring down the barrel of a tremendous obstacle.

When you’re starting a business, you could find your wings melting as you get too close to the sun. Maybe your concept doesn’t pan out like you imagined it would, or something in your process proves to be faulty.

In the midst of a young business, you can get hit with something quite unexpected. A key team member announcing a sudden resignation. A cornerstone client deciding to conclude service.

Even the entrepreneur with established businesses can butt heads with some Goliath-sized obstacles along the way, no matter what their track record looks like.

The Key is Not Getting Stuck

When bad things happen it’s the human tendency to dwell and dwell and dwell. Although it’s quite alright to take your time to feel the pain of that loss, or to burn with frustration from that situation, what’s most important is that in the end you find the courage to move on.

When you get stuck in that unhappy place, your endeavor and life will suffer the negative results. Again, it’s OK to take some time, but don’t get stuck in that place for longer than you need to be.

When you’re going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill

The above quote really says it all. You need to get through it. When you dwell, you’re sticking around hell—whatever your “hell” might be.

Get Better, Not Bitter

When you’ve gone toe-to-toe with a foe—whatever that obstacle looks like—you can do one of two things when it’s all said and done. You can get better or you can get bitter.

Getting better means at its core that you take time to analyze the situation. There’s always a lesson to be learned. Those who get better, however, don’t let their hearts harden—they keep their chins up. But yet they at the same time don’t expose that chin to the haymaker swings of other obstacles. They learn from the situation and grow as a result.

When you get bitter, you’re in a state of negativity. That negativity fills any room where learning can occupy. Even if you recognize lessons to be learned, you’ll assign them to your memory banks with a negative bent that might actually cause you more pain in the long run.

Some Quotes to Help You Push Through

When you’re going through hell, here are some quotes to help you keep going.


Never, never, never give up.
– Winston Churchill

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
– Robin Hood

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas Edison

No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.
– Maeve Greyson

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.
– Unknown

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
– Albert Einstein

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
– Earl Nightingale

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
– Unknown

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett

A winner is someone who gets up one more time than he is knocked down.
– Unknown

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
– Vince Lombardi

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
– Confucius

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Stowe

I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.
– Thomas Edison

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
– Charlie Jones

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
– Zig Ziglar

It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it is refusing to fail.
– Unknown

Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
– Conrad Hilton

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
– Japanese Proverb

Here’s to perseverance,

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