Embrace the Business Setbacks

Because life is so unpredictable, no matter your career or influence, there will always be a point in which things do not go as planned. Curveballs will always be thrown your way, and these surprising moments can actually be the turning point your business has been waiting for.

Arguably, the main reason why some thrive when setbacks hit versus those who do not is left up to how the issue is perceived. A person’s mindset contributes greatly to whether or not the setback is viewed as an opportunity. These unexpected moments could range in level of intensity, such as taking tough criticism from a superior or dealing with the loss of a deal.

No matter the setback, accepting it gracefully and using it as a way for honest self-evaluation will give it a positive spin and an element of wisdom. Setbacks are gentle reminders that there is more than one way to solve a problem. Look at them as an invitation to approach a challenge differently and you will find more peace and profit in your career.

As you figure out how to overcome these inevitable setbacks, keep in mind that no one can go it alone. No person goes through life as a one-person show. Look to your friends, family and co-workers when you need a little extra support. Their caring, thoughtful advice will carry more than emotional support – it will offer you the chance to remain vulnerable. Vulnerability is often reinforced as a weakness; however, expressing this side of yourself will show others humility and humanity. Embracing this quality will not only offer you more professional and personal support, it will show your co-workers and customers your human.

As soon as you stop equating setbacks with failure, you will have the confidence to forge ahead in the pursuit of a happier, more open-minded you. Knock the curveball out of the park and encourage those around you to do the same. Life is unpredictable, but we should be thankful that things do not go as planned. As they say, ‘When nothing is certain, anything is possible.’


Facing a turning point in your life? Let FranNet connect you with the business you’ve been looking for. Ask us about a free consultation. Our purpose is to connect the dots and make the transition from corporate employment to the freedom of business ownership manageable and safe.


Check out FranNet GoodWorks to learn how FranNet consultants are lending a hand for others in their community!

Sep 3, 2015