Image source: Jon Oliver and Funk Inc.
The entrepreneur journey is not all gumdrops and rainbows. Some times you get tired, frustrated, impatient and downright sad while trying to convince the world your product is the greatest thing since John Travolta met Saturday Night Fever.
If you find yourself in a bit of a funk, here are some ways out:
- Be grateful.
OK, so your business may not be taking off the way that you want it to just yet. But is that the only thing going on in your life? Maybe you have great kids. Maybe you chose the perfect paint color for your guest bathroom. Maybe people say you look just like James Dean, when the light hits you right and you are having a good hair day.
- Be bitter and inappropriate.
All that gratitude stuff can be just a little too life-coachy, can’t it? Time to drink up a bit of snark, like Go Fug Yourself or The Bloggess.
- Watch shoot em up movies.
I realize that fashion snark may be a bit weighted towards the ladies. Gentlemen, what do you prescribe, a really good slasher movie or a few rounds of Grand Theft Auto?
I can’t get enough of Rhett and Link‘s zaniness. You may like highbrow English humor, or YouTube videos of people falling down. If it makes you laugh, it is fair game.
- Watch television on Hulu.
Glee’s episode on Funk got this whole blog post started for me. Maybe for you it is House or Saturday Night Live.
- Read stories of successes who were once failures
Do we ever tire of quoting that Edison took 10,000 tries to get the light bulb right? That makes our fifteen tries to sell one seat on a teleclass sound downright anemic.
- Call your best friend and moan and complain. Tell him the only things he is allowed to say are “Seriously? I can’t believe that! That is NOT fair!”
Sure, he may have his phone on mute while you ramble on like Charlie Brown’s teacher, but you WILL feel better after having explained your entire theory of the Conspiracy by The Man to Keep You Down.
- Walk down old school road.
There is a good reason why high school reunions make the most staid person bust a move on the dance floor . Who doesn’t perk up when hearing the tunes of your youth? I am a child of the 70s, so no dour mood can resist the healing power of Donna Summer or The Commodores.
- Ice cream.
Ben and Jerry should call their product “pint-sized therapy.”
- Call your mother and tell her to remind you once again why you are the cutest, smartest and most likely to succeed child in the history of planet earth. Then ask her to send some pie.
It must not be healthy to feel cheery all the time.
So if you get down deep in a funk, may I suggest you get all the way down to the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk?
Enjoy your weekend.