“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
— H.G. Wells
Now, stop for a minute.
Did you actually read that? Or did you just scroll by?
If you really stop to think about what that means, I think you will find that it’s incredibly empowering to believe that today (and tomorrow and the day after that and the next day...) is always a new day to try again.
You can’t stop somebody who is going to be successful because they have a mindset that no one can take from them. That mindset is going to be why you keep getting up and trying again. That mindset is what makes someone successful.
I knew I wanted to be and I knew I was going to be successful. Did I have all the tools to make it happen easily? Hell no. But I worked and worked and worked and made mistakes that I learned from because I knew the process was going to be worth it.
So sure, it was tough sometimes. But aren’t most great things? And honestly? I don’t know any entrepreneur who hasn’t failed.
Failure and growth are both a part of entrepreneurship. You have to embrace the setbacks to enjoy the successes. When I look back at where I started, it blows my mind that the 11th season of ABC’s Shark Tank has just premiered. Shark Tank is more than just a reality show, it’s an opportunity for people who have dedicated their whole lives to their business and a place for us as Sharks to make their dreams come true.
After 11 seasons on Shark Tank, I have seen hundreds of pitches and I have enjoyed and learned from every single one of them. And I think that Dave Heath, Shark Tank success story and founder of Bombas Socks, got it right when he told me that, “it’s super reassuring to find the little wins along the way.” That’s the mindset you need to have.
One of the things I’ve learned chasing this dream for the past 30+ years is that all the little wins add up to the big victories. So when you are feeling defeated, lost or rejected, remember to find the little wins every day and keep pushing forward.
I love to hear comeback and success stories. If you have a story to share, shoot me an email!