I'm part of a founders' community on Slack with an emotional-support channel. That's the place where we entrepreneurs post our struggles and receive love from peers who understand. One day, I get accepted into a program with pro bono legal support and I'm flying high. The next, I learn that a similar startup is making strides and I doubt my ability to execute.
Given that I experienced the same roller coaster with my first startup, I'd say this journey is common to most founders. My first experience helps me approach things with a little more wisdom this time. Here are a few things I keep in mind:
1. I keep my eyes on my vision of a world where all families of kids with special needs are supported, heard, and included.
2. I remember that my primary identity is God's daughter and not founder.
3. I incorporate practices outside work that are life-giving.
Of course there are days when I falter on one or all of those, but keeping them in focus over time helps me stay the course.