Right out of the bat, let me share this quote from Oprah Winfrey even at the risk of giving away the essence of this article
Here it goes:
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
I have had successes and failures just like all of you.
When the first time I had a failure, I lost a few friends.
That was painful.
Actually, strike that.
That was very painful.
Those I thought were near and dear to me silently walked away without giving a clue.
Once I calmed down, I realized that they were NEVER near and dear to me in the first place. They were near and dear to the possibilities I was bringing to them.
I was, in short, means to an end.
When the “means” was questionable, there was no need for them to devote any time with me.
I was an opportunity cost for them.
Slowly and steadily, I learned.
Slow part was painful, for sure.
A few years ago, I made a mental switch.
Whenever I witnessed a setback, I realized that my focus has to be on what I need to get back on my feet rather than focusing on part of the network that was going to disappear.
Next, I started looking at the half-full part of the network glass.
In fact, I thought it is to my advantage to know that my network will get totally optimized as part of the network will self-select to continue to be there for me.
A setback created an unquestionable filter for my network.
The real network continued to exist
The not-so-real network disappeared fast.
So, while setbacks were not desired, it would be impossible to avoid them because as an entrepreneur I take chances and with that comes the risks for failure along the way.
So, my suggestion to you:
When a face a setback and part of your network disappears, thank God for the filter that the setback created. More importantly be happy for the network that remained with you post setback.
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