I've had my dreams crushed more than a few times. From the realization that my fitness company (that I had poured years into) was no longer profitable, to the day I made the decision to step away at Sevenly.
But the beauty of dreams is they are plural. We have more than one.
For you, it might be a career you once loved but now is feeling empty, or a sport you play but a scholarship isn't looking bright, or maybe just an app you self-funded, you grew, but still couldn't keep it alive.
On the contrary, there’s something to be said for a ruthless stick-with-it-ness attitude. But in my experience, entrepreneurs can often stick with dreams that won't work, don't work, or hurt the areas of their life that matter most.
Thankfully, true starters are never built on one idea. Rather, the pursuing of many and the sustaining of few.
But how do you know which ideas or dreams to give up on? Or when to change directions? While I'd never promote my readers to be weakly dedicated or undisciplined, here are some signs it's time to count your bruises, the lost time and money, and walk away.
4 Signs It's Time To Let Go Of Your Dream
1. The Truth Is Glaring & You Know It
Organizations almost never die quickly. I've watched executives and shareholders frantically search for solutions while employees are laid off and consumers witness a bloody mess. Denial is a real thing. If you're in a company, partnership, or organization (no matter how much time and money you've put in), allow yourself the smarts to hear the truth. Have the courage to face reality. Even if it's hard. And even if it means to kill the very thing you birthed.
2. Your Gut Will Sense The End
When people say “gut” they are really speaking of your limbic brain. The portion of your mind that accurately senses emotional worry and tension based off past events. If your “gut” says it's time to go, it's time to get some wise counsel and make a decision.
3. Your Dream Has Changed
I've seen too many entrepreneurs sustain businesses or ideas strictly to avoid letting other people down. While commitment is honorable, if your dream has truly changed (and you're sure of it) it's time to go. Remember, that next exciting mission – the one that ends up changing the world – is typically just a slight detour from the path you’re already on. But spending your life supporting the dreams of the past is not exciting… or wise.
4. You’re About To Fall Apart. Burnout is serious. I've hit two difficult seasons of exhaustion in my life, both from overworking. If your dream makes your life miserable, depressing, or filled with anxiety this journey you call a “dream” might actually be a nightmare. Quit and do something else.
Are you stuck in between one dream and the next? Are you struggling with when to let go and move on? What's helped you in the past to move forward? Let me know in the comments below.
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Some know me as a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Sevenly and StartupCamp, others know me as the guy who can ride a unicycle and still kickflip on a skateboard. I’m on a mission to inspire people. Will you join me?