Great athletes sometimes have the most spectacular falls. Outfielders ruin their shoulders, football players tear their ACLs, and boxers grapple with neurological damage. The blows to their careers don’t make us think less of them;
As entrepreneurs, we hope for instant prosperity. Realistically, we know overnight successes are few and far between, so we plow on. We work so hard that we sometimes fail to see that our venture’s already gasped its last breath. How can we spot a troubled situation to avoid chasing a project without a pulse?