Eternal Optimism – How To Survive The Startup Grind

“Do puppies ever die?”

In the Buzinga blog we always talk about marketing techniques, strategies for success and technical how-to’s in order to build a successful tech company.

But one of the fundamental factors of success, is optimism.

We’ve worked with people who’ve been successful, and some that haven’t been that successful.

And the one thing that the successful have in common, is their sense of optimism. 

Building a tech company is hard.

Really hard.

It’s very easy to give up if you can’t find the funding straight away, or if your app didn’t get the uptake you hoped for.

Sometimes it’s really disheartening when there are bugs and your timelines are looming.

It can leave you stressed and worried.

But in order to survive the startup grind, you need to be able to find the silver lining in every situation.

There’s always two ways to look at every situation:

A positive way and a negative way.

An eternal optimist will always choose to look at it from the positive point of view.

What is an eternal optimist?

An eternal optimist is a a person who never gives up hope in something that they believe in.

They continue to believe that there will be a positive outcome. No matter what situation they are in.

Last week we met Andre Eikmeier, the CEO of VinoMofo, at the Startup Smart Awards.

Andre is hands down is one of the most optimistic people I’ve ever met and one of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in Australia.

He started his business at 39 years of age, after SEVEN failed business ventures.

His speech was epic, and he stressed the importance of appreciating every small detail of your life.

What’s the point of success if you can’t appreciate how you got there?

Would he have been successful had he not been optimistic and pushed through 7 business failures?

I would say not.

This is my own philosophy:

“Inspiration won’t always comes to you, sometimes you have to go out and find it.”

If you’re struggling to find the silver lining, here are 12 inspiring quotes by successful individuals:

Tony Dorset Quote

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” –Tony Dorsett CLICK TO TWEET

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius CLICK TO TWEET

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. – Dalai Lama CLICK TO TWEET

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” Dennis P. Kimbro CLICK TO TWEET

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler CLICK TO TWEET 

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson CLICK TO TWEET

“Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.” – Willard Scott CLICK TO TWEET

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson CLICK TO TWEET


“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”– Will Rogers CLICK TO TWEET

John F Kennedy Quote

“If not us, who? If not now, when?”– John F. Kennedy CLICK TO TWEET


BillCosby Quote
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”– Bill Cosby CLICK TO TWEET


Mark Twain Quote

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.”– Mark Twain CLICK TO TWEET


WinstonChurchhil Quote
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill CLICK TO TWEET


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Katelyn has nearly a decade of experience in sales and customer service management. Working with some of Australia’s leading brands, she understands from the front-line the fundamentals of creating a successful marketing strategy to attract and retain loyal customers; a key goal for the launch of any new app.