What’s Entrepreneurial Resilience?

What’s beef? Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep
Beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the streets
What’s beef? Beef is when you make your enemies start your Jeep

– Notorious BIG (What’s Beef)

They say that all learning and growth comes from “the struggle” but the the vast majority of things I read are about seemingly overnight successes. Over the last few years I’ve come across so many stories of resilience, struggle and growth in my entrepreneurial friends and I wanted to share a few of them. This is for all of you out there, waist deep in shit, trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents and looking for some inspiration.

What’s resilience? Resilience is keeping your business running after your partner, and close friend, steals all of your company’s investment money.

What’s resilience? Resilience is being forced out of your company because the sale you proposed to the board wasn’t enough of a return for the investors. Resilience is watching the company go bankrupt and still starting 5 more companies.

What’s resilience? Resilience is your corporate job offer being rescinded after a short pre-job vacation. Resilience is starting and selling your own company 4 years later.

What’s resilience? Resilience is being turned down by 45 Venture Capital firms and other investors only to watch another team replicate your product idea and sell for >$100M.

What’s resilience? Resilience is watching one of your companies sell for far less than the initial investment, being sued by your business partner and starting yet another company.

Share other short stories of resilience in the comments and then go kick some ass.

What’s Entrepreneurial Resilience?