Stories to inspire you when the going gets tough in your small business

Building and operating a successful small business is never easy. Some days you think you’ve got everything under control, and other days, it feels just the opposite. On the bad days, I think it helps to realize that others have been through the rough patches you’re experiencing and have not only survived, but gone on to thrive. No matter what challenge (or combination of challenges) you’re facing, you are far from the first person to experience such tribulations on the path to success.

I’m sure you already know what I’m saying is true, but it helps to have concrete examples that show you that others have made mistakes, run into roadblocks, or otherwise faced travails with their business. Inc. magazine has a page on their website full of videos and first-person articles from famous and not-so-famous entrepreneurs who talk about how they got started and the challenges they overcame along the way.

I think these stories are great inspiration at all times, but especially when things aren’t going your way. Check out the Inc. page here. Bookmark it and return to read more on those days when you are struggling. Think of this page as a tool for re-generating your energy and determination. It’s uplifting to know others have been where you are and have found a way forward.

Do you have other online sources of inspiration for when things are tough in your small business? If so, please share them with us.

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