I listened to a founder friend tell a story today about someone smart, accomplished, and on a clear path to success in corporate America. It was assumed this person was destined to achieve a lot. But he encountered some unexpected hurdles, and his path to success became less certain. He’d never had a major setback, so this was a shock to him. Unable to regroup quickly, he lost his way for years.
Everyone isn’t capable of powering through or recovering from difficult situations. This story was a reminder of that fact.
Founders need certain traits to be successful, and resilience is one of them. It’s something that sets founders apart from everyone else. They don’t let anything stop them from reaching their goals. Building a company will come with more than its fair share of impediments. Recovering from them and continuing building is crucial to founder success.