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Women entrepreneurs: mistakes happen! And if Disney can survive them, so can you. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Women entrepreneurs: mistakes happen! And if Disney can survive them, so can you. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Sometimes, a plan just doesn’t come together.

The Walt Disney Company just rolled out its new streaming service, Disney+, in the United States, the Netherlands and parts of Canada. It should have been a moment of triumph for the mass media conglomerate — instead, the debut was marred by technical glitches.

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Indeed, rather than partaking in favorite films and shows, thousands of users were greeted with error messages. In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives said that “consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations.” But that explanation didn’t stop users from taking to Twitter and other forms of social media to complain about the glitches, which also included lengthy loading times and lagging content.

Yes, all in all, things could have gone better. There’s a lesson to be learned, however — one that women entrepreneurs can and should take to heart:

Things can go wrong, and that’s okay.

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She had the idea for her African fashion line, D'iyanu, in her head, and a business plan on paper. But before taking the leap of running the business full-time, Addie Olutola asked herself one critical question. (Credit: D'iyanu)
She had the idea for her African fashion line, D’iyanu, in her head, and a business plan on paper. But before taking the leap of running the business full-time, Addie Olutola asked herself one critical question. (Credit: D’iyanu)

If a giant like Disney can make mistakes, your business can, too. For example, sometimes you’ll overextend yourself like Disney+ seemingly did, or perhaps you’ll trust the wrong person. Stumbles and mistakes are tough to accept, and tougher to bounce back from — but not impossible.

If you’re hesitant to launch or scale your business because you fear failure of some variety, perhaps take a page out of fashion entrepreneur Addie Olutola’s book. Before opening her e-commerce store, D’iyanu, she asked herself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” And when the answers were setbacks she knew she could survive, Olutola decided to take a leap. Today, she makes millions of dollars.

Disney+ will endure past its disastrous first day — and so can you, should anything go wrong.

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