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March 27, 2012 2:36 PM   Subscribe

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues.

We recently started a business and have been open for 3 week. Yesterday we were presented with some legal concerns. We, the 4 partners, now feel a bit sheepish for treating this cavalierly in the planning stages. You get the idea, it's a bummer we weren't expecting.

I prefer not to go into too many details. We are meeting with a lawyer, probably a second. My question here isn't of that nature. Rather, how do we shed the bad feelings and move on?

Many thanks for your adivce.
posted by humboldt32 to Human Relations (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Fail early, fail fast, fail often?

You hit a hiccup. It's not a mistake you'll make again. Plow ahead.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:40 PM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Accept that you'll be constantly stubbing your toes on a bunch of unexpected business issues, that the act of successfully running a business involves dealing routinely with minutiae you never imagined could exist.

Cultivate a feeling of "Okay, learn from this so we don't repeat this" as the stock emotion when dealing with a facepalm, especially your own. Everything else is un-needed drama.
posted by fatbird at 3:29 PM on March 27, 2012

Legal issues are a persistent risk, often a quantifiable risk, that for the most part can be managed like any other business risk with competent outside help. You should sweat your business objectives; let the lawyer(s) sweat the legal details you need to get there.

What do you usually do when you need to leave work at work? Do that.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 3:33 PM on March 27, 2012

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