10 Tips to Break Out of Your Founder Funk

Obstacles, barriers, walls, swamps, quicksand – call it what you will, your job is to get through those points of startup friction. Here are 10 tips that will work for you.

We all get to those choke points. Your brain just won’t process what to do next. Maybe it’s a key product decision or an office space contract. These decisions will compound over time as you add investors, employees and customers to the mix.

So, here you sit with a key decision and you can’t decide what to do. Don’t freak out and please don’t think you are alone in thinking that others never get to this decision paralysis. We all suffer from it. But there are a few tips and tricks that I use that will prove useful to you.

The bottom line–you need to stop thinking and clear your brain for a while. Some tips are time dependent and some provide more time to wash out the uncertainty and eventually find your answer.

Get out of your office. This is the obvious first thing you should try. Your office has all the trappings of your business brain. You need to remove this immediately and getting outside your office is the start.

Take a walk. There are many studies that reveal that walking frees your brain and enables more open thoughts. Steve Jobs was notorious for walking meetings. The same trick works for you. Get out and walk for at least 20 minutes.

Go workout. This is the next level version of the walk where you need to utilize physical exertion to change up your mojo. Working out should be an integral part of your daily preparation anyway.

Shut your eyes. The story goes that Albert Einstein napped for 15-20 minutes in the middle of the day to clear his head. Find a quiet room, jump in your car, or go sit in the park and just close your eyes. Set a timer for 20 minutes on your phone to keep the nap short.

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Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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