5 things you shouldn’t do when you feel like throwing in the towel

Written by Wendy Mak


Every solo entrepreneur at some point feels like throwing in the towel.


Despite our best efforts, there are always days when negativity kicks in.

“Why bother? No one is reading.”

“No one is going to buy it.”

“I’m never going to make it.”


But if you want to succeed, you NEED to stay bright eyed and bushy tailed to conquer your goals!


Success is not an easy path. But just because the path is not clear, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

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One of the worst things you can do is to surround yourself with stuff that actually brings you down even further, rather than lifting you up. So here’s what you should AVOID if you don’t want to be become a self-fulfilling prophesy.


1. Watch TV

Unless you’re watching something inspiring like Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom, it’s probably best to avoid watching TV. Tear jerking scenes, unrequited love – those scenes do nothing to help you out of your slump.


2. Seek solace from social media

You ever felt like everyone else around you is doing SO well and you’re not??

I blame social media.

On social media it seems like everyone is be knocking it out of the park, posting & tweeting their wins, successes – heck, some even post screenshots of their sales figures.

Here’s the thing – when we use social media for our biz, we’re likely to only post about all the sweet success stuff – not the down moments.

So it should come as no surprise that if you spend your day on social media, you’re going to find it distracting + possibly disheartening.

When you’re feeling down, take a little break from Facebook. Go for a walk with the dog or take the kids to the park instead.


3. Lose focus

When we lose motivation, it’s natural to lose focus.

It’s easier to distract ourselves rather than continuing to stick it out and work on our biz.


Do something that helps you get (productively) busy. Write a blog post.

Send birthday cards to your clients. Organise your office.

Instead of staying in a slump – do something of value for your biz.


4. Being hard on yourself.

True, sustainable businesses take time to build. “Overnight” success stories are few and far between.

Understand that just because you threw the doors open yesterday doesn’t mean instant line of customers.

A business is hard work, but HUGELY gratifying as it’s your own baby and no one else’s. But be kind to yourself.

Allow yourself time to grow the biz and know that just because it takes time, does not mean it’s a failure.


5. Think “it’s impossible”

14 03 27 impossible dora.jpgHaving a mindset that slips towards negative thoughts makes success a million times harder.

I take a lesson from my dog. She’s a small little thing, but regularly wins sticks off (much) larger dogs. As my husband observed, she simply just wants it more…

She’ll stick it out (yes, pun intended) until the other dog finally just gives up and allows her to take the stick.

There’s never a moment where she thinks “this is impossible” (which does come with its own set of problems in dog land), but a hugely valuable lesson for us humans.

Nothing is impossible.

It may take more time, patience and work than initially thought, but not impossible.


Growing a business has its challenges, especially as an independent entrepreneur.

But if you’re here, you are not alone.


So jump on to the comments area below or send me an email and let’s connect.


To your success,






By | 2017-09-19T10:04:30+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Grow Your Biz, Motivating Mindsets|6 Comments


  1. Alex April 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I love the story about your little dog with a BIG ambition 🙂 I am going to think of your little dog every time something seems too difficult or too much effort! If I want it bad enough I can make it happen! It may take a little more effort or a little longer but I must hang in there like that little dog with her stick 🙂 Great post Wendy!

    • Wendy Mak April 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Oh thank you Alex!!! Little dog with BIG ambition, you hit the nail on the head!! Hang in there until you get YOUR stick!! My little dog Dora is cheering you on xx

  2. Gia April 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    As always Wendy, you are an inspiration – so to is your gorgeous little dog.

    Gia xx

    • Wendy Mak April 4, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Gia – you are always so beautiful and supportive. Thank you xxxx

  3. Jessica June 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Hehe thanks Wendy I love this notion. I always look to my puggle Lottie for inspiration, she’s so clumsy and free spirited that whenever she trips or stumbles.. she breaths, just shakes it off and keeps on playing!

    • Wendy Mak June 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Oh that’s too cute Jessica!!!! Pets just have a way of keeping things in perspective. Just shake and keep going!!!

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