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32749768_SIf there’s one single truth people tend to take for granted, it’s that entrepreneurship and the growth that comes with it can be a lonely process. Yes, people are often quick to share examples of wins, but it’s rare to hear about the projects that didn’t go as planned. That might be because entrepreneurs tend to take their work very seriously and any indication that things aren’t going exactly right can be seen as failure. There is a lot of ego involved in starting and running a business, after all.

So then how can an entrepreneur thrive during both the high and low times? The answer is to get out of your comfort zone. Here are a few ways to move past your limits:

First, schedule meetings as early as possible. Most successful people don’t have much time to spare during the workday, so they have to start early. So trade in your midday coffee for 7 a.m. bagels and coffee.

Second, don’t look to one mentor, but seek out many experienced professionals. Many people are keen on consulting with one person regularly, especially when they are starting out. That may be comfortable territory, but that’s likely not the best approach. One person’s perspective is just that. It can be limiting. Build your network with a team of people who hold a variety of opinions and have had unique life experiences.

These are just a few ways to get outside of your head and encourage personal growth. There are many other tried and true methods you might want to pursue. Whatever you do, keep in mind that your comfort zone may feel good, but it’s not the place you want to stay. If you’re not stretching yourself every now and then, you’ll risk remaining stagnant. And no business owner wants that!

What’s one thing you can do this week to challenge yourself?