The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

It takes a little bit of insanity, according to Tina Paparone writing for Reuters, to start a business but sometimes it just might send you over the edge too.

How do you stay sane? After two years of being on the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship, these are the things I’ve found help me manage the dips and stay focused on the loops.

Learn to be patient: I realized the same tactics that had always worked for me in highly structured environments weren’t completely applicable to my bootstrapping startup. I’ve learned to be happy making progress each day and to celebrate the small hurdles.

Open your eyes and ears: Sometimes I consider the amount of opportunities around me and am blown away. The crazy thing is that these opportunities have always existed, but I was always moving too fast with tunnel vision towards my next goal to notice them. Once I opened my eyes to all of the wonderful opportunities out there, any lingering doubts about going out on my own vanished.

Explore other activities: Don’t feel guilty about spending time doing other things. As difficult as it may be, try to dedicate 100 percent of your attention to these various activities. I’m guilty of working on my computer through movies and bringing my BlackBerry on bike rides, but it makes a big difference to truly escape.

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