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How These Successful Entrepreneurs Overcome Roadblocks

We've all been confronted by a roadblock at some point in our lives and to be quite frank - the feeling totally sucks. You've been getting shit done, you're a good human being, what could you have possibly done to deserve this?

Rather than spending time loathing in how unfair the world is, think about why it could be happening? What are the lessons you can learn from this? What is the universe trying to tell you? By changing how we perceive roadblocks, we are able to regain some control of the situation, regain our composure and create a plan of attack on what we are going to do next.

Here's how some of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs overcome challenges in their businesses.

Susannah George, Founder and CEO of The Urban List

It's your go-to guide for all things food, events and coffee in your city. Busy CEO Susannah George has a practical approach to dealing with challenges, "I Identify the root cause – often it’s distinct to the symptoms, go for a really long walk to clear my mind, make a plan and then work out how to communicate that plan to others". 

Ramzey Choker, Founder of The Grounds of Alexandria

Managing one of some of Sydney's most popular hospitality venues takes work. Ramzey looks to leaders in the industry or professionals who are experts in the field he's having an issue in. "It’s important to remember that someone has faced this issue before you. Whether it means turning to a mentor or picking up a book, spend some time researching how you can best manage the issue at hand".

Nathan Chan, CEO of Foundr magazine

It's the digital magazine that's featured heavy-hitters on the cover including; Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson. After getting frustrated with the slow growth of his business during the winter, Nathan realised he hadn't journaled for over a year, "I was like, okay, I need to go back to basics. Let's journal, let's start writing things down, looking at my goal pyramid more often. 

Abigail Forsyth, Managing Director at KeepCup

It's the reusable cup that's changed the way the world drinks their takeaway coffee. Abigail is all about backing away, biding her time and thinking it through, "with big business decisions, I need to give myself space. I map out the solution, walk away and let it bubble away at the back of my mind before I come back to it. I also talk through my ideas – I’m lucky to have a number of people around me who are good sounding boards".

Jess Ruhfus, Founder of Collabosaurus

She's a busy lady and doesn't let challenges break her stride and suggests to keep moving. "Stopping to wallow in self-pity doesn’t achieve much and makes you feel stuck awfully quickly (not saying I’ve never stopped to have an hour of popcorn gorging devastation, but after that, I make a plan)". Her plan of attack? "Make a list of all the things you want to do next - lists are amazing, they keep you moving and they’re so fulfilling when you get to cross things off". 

Taryn Williams of The Right Fit and Wink Models

She's known for saying, "If you're the smartest person in the room, then you're in the wrong room". Being vulnerable and asking for help can seem like a feat in itself, however, Taryn swears by asking for help, "I have an incredible mentor who is an invaluable part of my support network. He is the first person I would go to when I face a challenge to workshop a solution or seek advice".


The truth of the matter is, roadblocks won't ever go away. In fact, the greater responsibilities you have the more often they'll occur. There is no one-size fits all, you just have to do what works for you. Get in the habit of reminding yourself that challenges are part of the growth process and that it's not happening to you, it's happening for you. 


How do you work to overcome challenges?

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