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BLOG: Get Unstuck in Business

Everyone faces burn out or hits a wall or just loses motivation. Trust me. I know. I’m stuck. Entrepreneurship is damn hard sometimes. And this is one of those times.

Everyone wants to talk about the sunny, bright side of entrepreneurship and business ownership. But, what we do when we’re stuck is even more important than what we do when we achieve a major milestone.

So, as we get ready to celebrate a major milestone – ELEVATE Frisco’s 2-Year Anniversary (mark your calendar for our soiree on Oct. 19) – I had a revelation. I’m not as motivated as I could be or should be. I’m stuck.

I need to “get going” but how?

Here’s what I’m doing right now to get my motivation mojo back. (and huge thanks to everyone for your support and, for those entrepreneurs who shared their stories and tips with me):

  1. Admit that you’re stuck and seek support and help
    • I didn’t realize how stuck I was until I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Intrepid Entrepreneur, and Kristen (the host) bravely shared her story of being stuck and then how she slowly got herself unstuck. (Thanks Kristen)
  2. Revisit your why (aka your purpose) to reset yourself
    • I recently re-watched the Simon Sinek TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” or as it’s become known “Start with Why” to help me re-focus on my purpose and mission. Then, I wrote my purpose and mission in my notebook so I see it every day.
    • Maybe you need to pivot or change directions entirely. That’s okay. Do it now and do it quickly.
  3. Feel gratitude for where you are (mired in muck) and what you’re learning now even if they’re painful lessons
    • Yeah. This one sounds much easier than it really is. But, trust me – try it. Figure out what you’re supposed to learn from your current situation and be grateful for the lessons and insights. With an “attitude of gratitude, things don’t just look better — they really do get better.”
  4. Dig into where you’re stuck, ask questions to yourself, to your team, to others to help pinpoint:
    1. the limiting belief that’s holding you back
    2. and then the habits that are keeping you stuck
  5. Dig deep to change that limiting belief.
    • This is a tough one to change, but it’s critical. Otherwise, it truly does become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    • A business coach can help tremendously with this one. I’m still working through this one.
  6. Commit to getting rid of at least one habit that was holding you back and to trying a new approach or tactic
    • I’m still working on this one.
  7. Keep track of everything and hold yourself accountable. Or, better yet, find an accountability buddy to help you (or business coach)
  8. Celebrate the small wins and small steps forward

As I said, I’m still working through this process but am grateful for the support and for my community. If you’re going through a similar situation, reach out. We’d love to help, support and guide you – and, as always, would love to learn from you, too.

Speaking of which, here are a few more articles and resources:


Here’s to a new day! Make it count.

BLOG: Tech Mixer at ELEVATE Breck

We’re excited to bring the first-ever tech mixer to Breckenridge on Sept. 29 at ELEVATE Breck. This event is for those who work in tech and those who love them to get together in an informal environment, have a bite and a drink and talk about tech stuff – new developments, new projects, etc.

For this first event on Sept. 29, FathomVR, an ELEVATE Breck member company, will be on hand with some virtual reality toys. The Tech Mixer is set 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Elevate’s new Breckenridge location, at 505 S Main St (between Hub and LoLo Juice). There’s free parking for two hours underground at Main Street Station.

We envisage the first couple of mixers as being very informal, but we’ve already got some ideas for future events:

  • Lightning talks – 5-15 minute presentations on interesting topics, developments, projects;
  • Matchups between those wanting tech help or development services and those who can provide it.

We’ll be looking for your input as to how you’d like to see the mixers progress. And we’ll be looking for sponsors to help support these meetups and the community with food, drinks and funding.

The event’s open to all, but please register beforehand so that we don’t run out of sustenance. RSVP online through our meetup group.

For more information, email or

I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

–Dave Knell

BLOG: Pitches and Pints Event

You asked for it. We listened.

That’s why we created a new monthly event at ELEVATE Frisco – Pitches and Pints. You said you wanted an event where you could pitch an idea, business or prototype and get feedback. So, that’s what we helped to create.

This is an event for entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, software engineers, business owners, wanna-be business owners, investors, marketers, community leaders and anyone else who’s interested in supporting the entrepreneurial community in Summit County, Colorado.

Join us every last Wednesday of the month for the Pitches and Pints event. We’ll kick off the event at 5:30 pm with one to three pitches. Each pitch will have a time limit of 5-10 minutes and feedback will be limited to 5-10 minutes. Then, we’ll take a break, head over to the Backcountry Brewery for some pints and continue the discussions and conversations there.

If you’d like to pitch or have questions or suggestions, email us:

RSVP for the next Pitch event at ELEVATE Frisco on Sept. 28. Or, find the whole schedule at our meetup group.