How To “Get Up” After Getting Knocked Down: In Business

Getting Back Up In Business

 

Sometimes, no matter how experienced we are or how much we have accomplished, we all can use a little help to keep going, a bit of motivation if you will.


In the face of the inevitable obstacles we are going to encounter, here are ideas that have worked for me, my friends who run both entrepreneurial and micro businesses, and others I talked to.

Some of these will resonate with you.

1. Necessity. A lot of my friends are incredibly literal. When asked what keeps themgoing, they point to the mortgage that has to be paid or an elderly parent‘s medical billsthey are responsible for. Says one, John Wayne got it right. A man‘s got to do what aman‘s got to do. And that applies to women, too. (I have to admit I could relate to thisresponse. At one point, three of my kids were attending private colleges simultaneously.During that period, I took to saying I can’t afford either writer‘s block or sloth.). |When asked what keeps them going, they point to the mortgage that has to be paid or anelderly parent‘s medical bills they are responsible for. At one point, three of my kids wereattending private colleges simultaneously. During that period, I took to saying I can’tafford either writer‘s block or sloth.). }

2. Quotes. Inspirational quotes were cited by many, but how they used them were as uniqueas they are. Some literally had a wall or white board filled with quotes they had discoveredthrough the years, while others took to putting a particular favorite (such as just keepswimming, from the kids movie Finding Nemo, taped to their monitor or they used a favoritequote as a screensaver. | Inspirational quotes were cited by many, but how they used themwere as unique as they are. Some literally had a wall or white board filled with quotes theyhad discovered through the years, while others took to putting a particular favorite (suchas just keep swimming, from the kids movie Finding Nemo, taped to their monitor or theyused a favorite quote as a screensaver. }


3. Employees are relying on you. This is related to the necessity argument. An extremelyhigh number of entrepreneurs I talked to mentioned all the people who could be potentiallyout of work, if the entrepreneur did less than their absolute best and their companysuffered. Feeling responsible for their employees economic future kept them going. | Anextremely high number of entrepreneurs I talked to mentioned all the people who could bepotentially out of work, if the entrepreneur did less than their absolute best and theircompany suffered. Feeling responsible for their employees economic future kept them going.}


4. Personal pride. It was hard to get people to admit to this one until they had a second(or third) glass of wine. { But although they rarely talk about it publicly, manyentrepreneurs are extremely proud of what they had accomplished and take (usually quiet)satisfaction in keep the enterprise going no matter what problems arise. | Although theyrarely talk about it publicly, many entrepreneurs are extremely proud of what they hadaccomplished and take (usually quiet) satisfaction in keep the enterprise going no matterwhat problems arise. } | It was hard to get people to admit to this one until they had asecond (or third) glass of wine. Although they rarely talk about it publicly, manyentrepreneurs are extremely proud of what they had accomplished and take (usually quiet)satisfaction in keep the enterprise going no matter what problems arise. }

5. A mission to change the world. Not everyone was evocative as Steve Jobs (who used to tell Apple employees we are going to make insanely great products) but a significant number of the entrepreneurs and business people I talked to truly believe their offerings will make the world a better place. It is the deeply help belief in that mission that keepsthem going. | Not everyone was evocative as Steve Jobs (who used to tell Apple employees weare going to make insanely great products) but a significant number of the entrepreneursand business people I talked to truly believe their offerings will make the world a betterplace. It is the deeply help belief in that mission that keeps them going. }

6. Support groups. This provides benefits in one of two ways (and it was possible for one group to supply both.) Either the entrepreneur met periodically with other entrepreneurs whocould offer words of encouragement and advice when they were stuck, or even if they didn’task for advice, simply being associated with other successful people made the entrepreneurwork harder. He didn’t want to fall behind his peers. | Support groups. Either the entrepreneur met periodically with other entrepreneurs who could offer words of encouragement and advice when they were stuck, or even if they didn’t ask for advice, simply being associated with other successful people made the entrepreneur work harder. }

7. They have a chip on their shoulder. More people than I would have thought say they keep going no matter what to prove to all the people who told me I would never be successful,that they were wrong. Intriguingly, that chip didn’t go away once they were successful. |They have a chip on their shoulder. Intriguingly, that chip didn’t go away once they weresuccessful. }

8. Consider the alternative. This one, too, took two forms. To keep themselves going, someentrepreneurs either thought back to the days before they started their companies andrecalled how unhappy they were working for someone else. { Or they pictured what it would belike to once again have a boss. | Once again have a boss, or they pictured what it would belike to. } Either image, they said, was enough to keep them plugging away. | This one, too,took two forms. To keep themselves going, some entrepreneurs either thought back to the daysbefore they started their companies and recalled how unhappy they were working for someoneelse. Either image, they said, was enough to keep them plugging away. }

9. A legacy. Knowing that their company may be the only real thing they are remembered for,or hoping that their kids will take over the business someday, keeps many entrepreneurs going, when times get tough or they simply get tired.

10. Create Momentum. This one was cited by just about everyone I talked to. Goals like: $1million in sales within the first year can sound awfully daunting from a standing start,i.e. you are beginning with no revenues. {But, if you say, let‘s get $83,333.33 coming in this month; and $83,333 next month, the numbers don’t seem as big, and you get a chance to celebrate 12 small wins, as well as the one big one, when you hit $1 million in sales. | If you say, let‘s get $83,333.33 coming in this month; and $83,333 next month, the numbers don’t seem as big, and you get a chance to celebrate 12 small wins, as well as the one big one, when you hit $1 million in sales. } | This one was cited by just about everyone Italked to. If you say, let‘s get $83,333.33 coming in this month; and $83,333 next month,the numbers don’t seem as big, and you get a chance to celebrate 12 small wins, as well asthe one big one, when you hit $1 million in sales. }

11. Get a Diagnosis. Here‘s how one entrepreneur described this one for me. You know whenyou are physically feeling lousy and know it is more than a cold or the flu, but you don’tknow what it is? Simply not knowing is worrisome. Once you get a diagnosis even if it something bad like pneumonia you actually feel better because you know what it is and what you are up against It is the same for me in my business. If I feel bad but I get a friendor even a shrink to tell me what is going on, I feel better once I have a name for it.That, in and of itself, is enough for me to come up with a battle-plan to keep going.. |Here‘s how one entrepreneur described this one for me. If I feel bad but I get a friend oreven a shrink to tell me what is going on, I feel better once I have a name for it. That,in and of itself, is enough for me to come up with a battle-plan to keep going.. }

12. Visualization. This one has never worked for me, although several of the people I talked to swear by it. They say focusing on what success will ultimately look like keepsthem going. I worry that having fixed image of success could keep you from pursuing other opportunities that you could encounter on the way, but I am including this one here because it seems to work for so many. They say focusing on what success will ultimately look like keeps them going. I worry that having fixed image of success could keep you from pursuingother opportunities that you could encounter on the way, but I am including this one herebecause it seems to work for so many. }

13. Exercise. Think. Sometimes being tired, depressed and wrung out is simply a matterof over-work or being out of shape (or both.) Taking a break at regular points could beenough to keep you going. And at the very least, if you get into shape you will have moreenergy even if your exercise program doesn’t do a darn thing to improve your company‘sperformance. | Think. Taking a break at regular points could be enough to keep yougoing. And at the very least, if you get into shape you will have more energy even if yourexercise program doesn’t do a darn thing to improve your company‘s performance. }


Although they rarely talk about it publicly, many entrepreneurs are extremely proud of what they had accomplished and take (usually quiet) satisfaction in keep the enterprise going no matter what problems arise.

To keep themselves going, some entrepreneurs either thought back to the days before theystarted their companies and recalled how unhappy they were working for someone else. Knowingthat their company may be the only real thing they are remembered for, or hoping that theirkids will take over the business someday, keeps many entrepreneurs going, when times gettough or they simply get tired.

They say focusing on what success will ultimately look like keeps them going. Taking a break at regular points could be enough to keep you going.

 

Keep Moving Forward,

Joe & Alex

CEO & CMO,
MPeMG

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CMO & Co -FounderAlexander J. Kubicek is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a focus in business marketing & communications within the digital space. He is a Certified Customer Acquisition Specialist (CCAS) providing cutting edge knowledge & insight in to paid advertising and traffic within the digital marketing realm to gain new customers for MPeMG & our clients. He was a Co-Foundering of this company while he was still in his undergraduate studies, Kubicek went on to help develop two state-of-the-art platforms for MPeMG, giving clients the opportunity to achieve all of their digital marketing needs in one convenient place. These platforms offer both complete DIY (Do It Yourself) & DFY (Done For You) services.

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