When a startup fails it can feel like losing someone close to you. You’ll go through each stage of grief, or perhaps just skip ahead to despair and stay there awhile. Even small failures that don’t sink you, can still take the wind out of your sails. Having a stiff upper lip and denying anything is wrong though, just delays your process of recovery. Find someone you’re close to and you can trust, and be 100% honest with what you’re going through. Commit to coping, learning, and growing from the experience. You’ll find your way to a new outlook and the next opportunity before you know it.

3. Be prepared for what failure could look like, before you begin

Though there aren’t ways to predict what could go wrong 100% of the time, having a plan in place for what to do if the worst should happen is important. Too many people jump into something new and exciting with the feeling that it’ll all work out. However, you need to get comfortable with what could happen if something fails along the way. Whether it’s what to do if the business goes bankrupt, or how to go 3 months without a paycheck, having a plan in place will give you a stronger position to come from should something negative occur.

Failure will happen more than once, and it is painful, just remember it isn’t all bad. It will necessitate that you get stronger as a leader and entrepreneur. Regardless of the magnitude of the failure, or the degree to which you’re impacted, getting a good mindset around failure means that you will handle it better when it comes. Finding gold, after all, means you sometimes have to dig through a lot of dirt first.