Emotional Disclosure


So I sat on this topic for a few days now and ran it past several of my peers in the business that all got their shops started with their own money and blew them up into successful multimillion dollar companies all on their own without help.

The last post (“Success”) generated the most commentary… ever… for any post ever published on Vladville.

Almost all of the emails were quite gut wrenching, some even desperate, pleas for help. Lot’s of people that are in the SMB IT are struggling and wondering if this is just the time to close up shop, sell or carry on. Ouch.

I have not yet responded to the emails because almost all of them were quite personal and as much as I love this Vladville persona, there is a real Vlad behind it and I just don’t know how to help you address the same problems that I’ve had to figure out in the past. As soon as I come up with something coherent to say, I will post it here.

In the meantime, try to be honest and realistic – not every great idea pans out, not everything can be fixed with money or effort alone. Everyone has problems. You have to focus on just being a little bit better with each passing day, establish a support system and find partners because no matter what you’re doing, it’s better when others go along with it with you.

Keep your head up.

3 Responses to Emotional Disclosure

  1. karlp says:

    I gotta say, there’s no shame in re-evaluating things after going through the worst economic downturn in 70 years. Shit happens.

    You’ve written in the past about The Dip by Seth Godin. There’s a certain wisdom in figuring out whether you’re just going through a dip or falling into a chasm. Godin’s point is: Recognize if it’s just a dip and work through it.

    In the real world, most entrepreneurs who’ve been at it for 5+ years are more likely to keep thinking it’s a dip even when it’s a chasm.

    I’ve learned in my personal life over the last year that there comes a time when you have to face reality and stop denying the inevitable. The same is true in the business world. I know people who could have escaped a year ago but kept trying and trying because it’s just who they are.

    It is a time of hard lessons. In many ways, all we can do is to be there for one another.

  2. Rob Franklin says:

    Sometimes the hardest thing is to bite the bullet and call it a day. We are all in business because we have a passion for what we do and to have to call it a day feels like an admission that you are not good enough on a personal level, which is not the case. Not every business works, sometimes it is just not the right time for it to succeed. It is *always* harder to walk away than to keep “flogging a dead horse”. But never take it personnally, learn and move one. We all suffer defeat at some point in life, whether in business or personnally, it is how we move on that differentiates us. Remember you’re not alone, there’s a whole community out there ready to help.

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