April 2015 by Schuyler Deerman

If You Fail, Start Up Again

This is a guest post by Schuyler Deerman. Schuyler is the co-founder and CEO of Sidestage. Learn more about Sidestage and how to find and book amazing musicians, bands and DJs at www.sidestage.com.

Starting over isn’t easy. It’s hard and humbling. Since most startups don’t work out, more founders fail first than succeed. But all of that doesn’t deter entrepreneurs from trying, either for the first time or all over again.

When you read about a successful exit, you don’t see “This was his fourth company.” That’s because when you make it, no one cares about your failures. Failure, though important, doesn’t define you.

In founding my second startup, I’ve found more meaning and purpose in what I’m doing than ever before. I’ve taken all my real-world, practical experience and applied that towards what I’m now doing. I’ve never felt more comfortable in my own skin.

My advice to entrepreneurs who didn’t exactly succeed in their first go? Start up again. Start everything all over. I promise you, the passion you felt before, you will feel it again, even more so. All you have to do is get away, get perspective and restart.