2014/01/02 by lingdecklee
Building a startup is a stressful and exhausting experience. More often than not, it is capable of wearing you out with many seemingly petty things and making your everyday life utterly miserable: your family is mad at you because you are not home all the time, your co-founders are not devoting as much time as you like, your development team is about to miss a crucial deadline, your local city council just sent you a notice demanding immediate response to a violation your business committed, your supplier suddenly demands a better payment term, your most trusted business partner criticized you behind your back, you do not have enough customer orders, your investor dismissed your monthly report as rubbish, your cash reserve is about to run out next month, your website had a major security breach, your disgruntled customer just filed a lawsuit against you, your office just got flooded, … this list can go on and on. Remember the Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Or what if your goals have been set so high, so monumental (such as the first privately funded spacecraft), to the point that it becomes too easy for people to start doubting whether you can actually deliver what you have promised? If it is just a few dozens people thinking you are crazy, perhaps you can still handle it. What if hundreds of people are mocking you and calling your startup a complete waste of time and money?
Perseverance is what takes an entrepreneur though thick and thin. Of course, in order to persevere, the entrepreneurs will need something to help them stay motivated. The following article provides some ‘energy drink’ which may help those who need it: How To Maintain Motivation When Your Goals Are Epic. In the following, I have listed the motivational words for those of you who don’t have the time to read it.
- Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post): Think of failure as a stepping stone to success.
- Bobak Ferdowsi (systems engineer at NASA): Make sure you enjoy the journey.
- Rebecca Woodcock (founder of CakeHealth): Keep things in perspective.
- Ruchi Sanghvi (VP of operation at Dropbox): Don’t let fear hold you back.
- Shaherose Charania (co-founder of Women 2.0): Do something that transcends yourself.
- Aaron Levie (founder of Box): Have passion for what you do.
- Leah Busque (founder and CEO of TaskRabbit): Practice what you preach.