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Business Stress: How to Deal with Disappointment as an Entrepreneur

Here are three ways to bounce back from disappointment in business and become a stronger, savvier and more determined entrepreneur.

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3. Jam out your positive checklist.

When you are disappointed this might feel impossible – yet it is essential to your recovery.  Pull out a pen and paper (or your iPad) and “jam out” (list) all of the positive things that you have experienced as a result of your recent disappointment.

The mere fact that you have learned something about yourself and what is really important to you should be number one on your list. Also, the path taken that resulted in disappointment has probably increased your skill level and knowledge in some way.

But most importantly have you considered that disappointment “paid you a visit” for a reason?

There is likely to be an even bigger, better opportunity just around the corner.

For example, the British novelist and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, J.K. Rowling was rejected over and over again before she was published. Perhaps if she had gone with a different publisher she would never have received the exposure and level of success she has now?

The lesson is simple: Trust your path and believe that you will get to where you want to be in the end, even if the journey is not panning out how you imagined. Don’t forget they call it a “journey” for a reason.

Aiming high in life and business — going for what you really want — is not easy, but if it were it would not taste so delicious when we finally get there. As the saying goes:

“If you can find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

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