City : Enterprise Road : Bouncing Back from Difficulties

Enterprise Road

How to bounce back...

When starting your own business you're likely to face quite a few complications, difficulties, and rejections which can set you back! 

When you face a set back the most important thing is to stay positive and keep going - if you're passionate about your business, don't let difficulties ruin it for you.

Below we've listed some advice to help you bounce back...

  • Some Inspiration



    Lots of successful people have failed many times before being successful, but they kept goin and transformed their failures into successes...


    tick.gif Colonel Sanders (KFC) went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found an interested buyer. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for $15 million!

    tick.gif  Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

    tick.gif  Katy Perry's first album only sold 100 copies and then the label went bust! She then went on to move to LA and kept trying - after changing her record label again she finally released an album which saw her shoot to success!

    tick.gif  Eminem was bullied as a child and went through a lot of family difficulties, yet he used these experiences to inspire his music and became a very successful rapper.

    tick.gif  Charles Darwin gave up a medical career and wrote in his autobiography that his father thought he was 'below the common standard in intellect.' He then went on to develop the theory of evolution and become one of the most famous scientists of all time!

    tick.gif  Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11 and, as a result, didn't grow as much as he could have done.  He was told he would never make it as a footballer but he persisted and is now a successful and widely known footballer.

  • Some Useful Thoughts

    Remain positive and tell yourself...

    • Failure proves that I am learning - it's okay to figure some things out as you go along,
    • This may be hard, but with practice and help I can succeed,
    • I am resiliant and can keep moving forward,
    • I can learn to cope well when things change by thinking clearly,
    • I can learn to cope with pressure and manage stress well,
    • I can stay positive - negativity will never help me succeed it will just bring me down!


    If you have problems with thinking positively and you cannot make yourself feel better then get some help and don't suffer alone – check out the Motivation, Health and Well-being building to find out more about picking yourself up again from negative feelings!

  • Some Useful Actions

    To help you bounce back you can:

    • Write down what you've learnt, gather feedback, and understand what you could do differently next time,
    • Remember why you are passionate about your business - write down your motivations,
    • Set smaller achievable goals and reward yourself when you achieve them,
    • Talk positively to yourself - let go of negative feelings and tell yourself you can achieve your goal,
    • Plan, organise, prepare, and focus - it will make you feel more confident that you have done all you can to succeed,
    • Think about how you can make progress rather than achieve perfection.
  • Dealing with Failure

    OK so failure happened and it feels rubbish, but so what? – That moment is gone! The most important thing is that you're.

    positive.gif Think about a small child learning to walk, when they take their first steps they fall down lots of times - but no one says ‘never mind – he is not a walker!’, they keep going, despite falling, and eventually get up on two feet.  Just because you may have taken a tumble doesn't mean it's time to give up!

    positive.gif Don't dwell on what has failed - it will only end up making you feel upset or angry. Spend a little time thinking about what went wrong and then think about how best you can begin again with the new knowledge. 

    Failure is not permanent and it does not define you!

    Here is a thought: There is no such thing as failure; only feedback.

    positive.gif Don't think of a rejection as an end to an idea - think of it as figuring out what changes could be made to make it work! The only person who failed is the person who never tried anything new.

    positive.gif There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them. Once you accept that things need to change you can work towards success again - it's all a learning curve!

  • Tackling Your Fears

    Fear about taking risks can feel very real but it is often created by your imagination.

    attention.gif We accumilate fears by dwelling on past mistakes or not knowing exactly what we're heading towards. These are things we can't easily control so we can feel helpless.

    attention.gif BUT we do have control over what happens NOW - so focus on what you can do now to either rectify any mistakes or prepare and plan for the future.

    Mistakes are all part of learning and progression!

    Failure happens to everyone it is how you respond to difficulties in life that matters. 

    attention.gif Faliure and mistakes are something all humans have in common. Think about all of the people in your neighbourhood, those you walk past every day and remember that there isn’t a person alive who hasn't made a mistake at some point.

    attention.gif Successful people are simply those who have worked through their fears and mistakes and not let them hold them back from fulfilling their potential. That doesn't mean they aren't scared,  it just mean that they're brave. 

  • When You're Back on Track

    Make sure you make the best of your new start!

    • Delay gratification - do the difficult things you need to do first and reward yourself with some fun things only AFTER they're done.

    • Minimise distractions - in this digital age it is easy to get distracted with social media or games. Make a schedule and plan time for work as well as down-time.

    • Get focused - you can't be switched on all of the time, but you need to be focused when it matters. Make sure you're always present at meetings and aren't distracted when it's time to get down to work.

    • Enjoy the process - make sure you are having some fun along the way and are passionate about WHY you are working towards your goal!

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