No matter if youâ€™re the COO of a small business or a huge one, itâ€™s going to feel like a rollercoaster. Even if your business seems steady, there are always going to be ups and downs, either with the company or with getting your work done.
Not to worry, though. The most terrifying roller coasters have the most peaks and are often the most memorable.
It Excites You
Even before you get on a roller coaster, youâ€™re jittery with anticipation and excitement. Starting a new business and/or taking up new responsibility should feel that way. You look up at the steep drops and loops of the roller coaster, knowing exactly what youâ€™re in for, and still excited to go for it, even if it scares you. New businesses, jobs, and responsibility should scare you. Being able to push yourself forward in the face of the terrifying ups and downs you know are inevitable shows a strong foundation for new business and a COO.
â€œSome people will think that youâ€™re crazy to start a new business and they will be correct. The safe and rational thing to do would be to never take a risk and work for someone else for the rest of your life. // Did you gag as you read that sentence? Thatâ€™s because youâ€™re an entrepreneur and risk-taking is in your blood: You canâ€™t live without it.â€ – Entrepreneur
Being a COO taking up all that responsibility is a risk. The most successful COOs look at the risk in the eye and get straight on the rollercoaster.
At the highs of the rollercoaster, you feel like youâ€™re at the peak of lifeâ€”and business. You can see the world around you. Everything is in perspective. You get a taste for how great things can be. This is called informed optimism in your business. Itâ€™s when you start feeling confident and energized to keep trying and working harder.
â€œBeing optimistic obviously doesnâ€™t mean seeing rainbows 24-7. Everything wonâ€™t always be great. But optimism helps us see new opportunities, learn from different situations, and keep moving.â€ – Entrepreneur
Optimism is vital for a business, but that doesnâ€™t mean things are always going up. The important thing for a COO to do is to try their hardest to be optimistic even when the up of the roller coaster starts to shift and you can see the steep way down.
Just like every business has its ups, it also has its downs. As a COO, those downs hit especially hard. A successful business doesnâ€™t mean not going down sometimes, it means learning and making your way back up again.
â€œAs is often stated, in business and in life, we learn more from our failures than our successes. Mistakes help us gather useful information. Information that is necessary for our continual growth and the growth of our business.â€ – COO Alliance
Mistakes and downwards trends in your business can feel stressful, but without lows, you donâ€™t get highs. A steady rollercoaster is a boring one.
You Want to Go Again
The best rollercoasters are risky, terrifying, and filled with up and downs, but theyâ€™re also the ones that you want to go on again.
â€œOnce you’ve built your first successful business, like your first rollercoaster ride, you’ll just want to have another go.â€ – Inc
Being a COO should feel like a rollercoaster. The best ones donâ€™t let that scare them into stopping, they let it inspire them and drive them.
Remember, when riding a rollercoaster, one has two choices:
- They can either hold on for dear life and scream.
- They can wave their arms in the air and laugh.
No matter what, youâ€™re still on the rollercoaster. You canâ€™t quit, you canâ€™t get off, so do your best to enjoy it, even if that takes a lot of effort.
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Editorâ€™s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and had been edited for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Â