“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work” – Thomas Edison – Inventor of the Light bulb

Everyone who sets out to start a business does so in order to become ‘successful’. But what does this really mean, and what do you have to go through to get there?

The large majority of businesses are not overnight successes. Entrepreneurs have to face the trials and tribulations of creating a word perfect business plan, embarking on that terrifying and treacherous search for funding, conquering the minefield of hiring staff, and actually getting their product or service to market. It’s a hard task, and one that’s steeped in pitfalls and days that will make you want to give up.

But in order to be successful, you have to learn how to use adversity to your advantage: how to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and adapt to the ever changing world that is technology. If that means radically changing your business idea, so be it. If that means completely giving up on your original startup idea and moving onto the next one, that is just something that entrepreneurs have to deal with. Some of the most successful startups in recent history have hit huge stumbling blocks along the way. Facebook was sued by the Winklevoss twins and, before Twitter, there was a company called Odeo that didn’t do quite as well. If you’re feeling like giving up, like it’s all getting a bit too much, remember that the reason you set out in business was to be a success – and every successful person has faced failure at some point.

However, this blog isn’t about failure – it’s about success. So, how do you move past the bad days into good ones? Here are some of the best snippets we’ve collected from across the web to help you keep going, despite the issues you may face along the way.

Richard Branson: “Try to take some comfort in the fact that most entrepreneurs fail when they launch their first businesses. Failing doesn’t mean that you’re not cut out to run your own business. In fact, many venture capital investors evaluate potential partners on how they reacted to a failed business, seeing it as a test of character, rather than a mark against them.” Via entrepreneur.com

Jonathan Kay, Co-Founder of Apptopia: “All I would say to other entrepreneurs is: don’t be naïve. Terrible, terrible stuff will happen to you. And it’s ok to be sad, it’s even okay to be out of control angry. Just don’t give up, and don’t turn on your partner. Take a day, process the entire situation, and then do what you do best. Get creative and find a solution. That’s what separates the really rich, really successful entrepreneurs, from the wannabes.” via https://www.attendly.com/

Ben Yoskovitz, Founder of Standout Jobs: “No road to startup success is without big, massive road bumps. It’s called a rollercoaster for a reason. On the flip side, failure is rarely so crippling a blow that entrepreneurs can’t pick up and keep going. Everyone fails. ‘Out of the ashes…’ and all that.” via http://bit.ly/1mya9l9

So, if you feel as if you keep hitting brick walls, perhaps take a leaf out of Rob Emrich, Co-Founder of PaeDae’s book and finish the day with ‘Three Good Things’. Inspired by Martin Seligman’s book Flourish, his team start each day by recounting two positive work events and one positive personal event from the previous day. It may not help your startup become a success, but it will help motivate you to keep going when you feel like all you want to do is give up. Here’s to your success…!