As first generation Americans, business owners, and entrepreneurs, we look for inspiration in many places. Martin Luther King Jr. gives us a mantra that makes sense in all aspects of our lives:

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.“

The real question is what does moving forward look like for you. If you are an entrepreneur, this is a question you will ask yourself often.  For some, forward movement looks like a new fund-raising round; and for others it looks like closing shop and moving to a next project. There is no right answer; success does not look the same for all people. This was a particularly difficult lesson for me to learn – don’t compare yourself to another person’s reality. Determine what your success looks like and keep moving forward to meet that success.

Priya Sinha Cloutier is the Co-Founder of Cloutier Ortega. Priya focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of domestic and international patents, trademarks and copyrights. Her experience includes various technical areas such as aerospace, hybrid and electrical engines, architecture and construction, medical devices, agriculture, food, and energy systems. Priya is a proud member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Patent Practitioners.

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