Saturday, January 12, 2013

Clues That It's Time To Move On

Most entrepreneurs go into business as a byproduct of beautiful timing.

Why should their exit be any different?

Here are a few clues that it's time:

When you feel like you’ve squeezed all of the juice of this lemon, and there’s nothing left but rind and pulp.

When the drug you used to be addicted to, the one that served you well and was good to you, no longer has the same effect.

When you reach the point of diminishing returns, bloodying your knuckles on doors that have no intention of opening.

When you’re executing without elevating, spending all your time just to make enough money to buy more time.

When you feel like you’re just keeping your head above water, but never actually swimming anywhere.

When you’re bored with the work, burned out by the hustle and no longer in love with the future.

When you’re showing up faithfully, every day, shipping your face off, and still hearing nothing but crickets.

When you’ve hit your growth ceiling and have a hunch that your golden goose is probably done laying eggs.

And when you come to the sobering realization that you can't keep the fairy tale alive forever.

It’s time to move on.

No regrets. No shame. 

Just gratitude for the past and openness for the future.