People you love will question you. Recognize that their concern come out of their life experience and ignorance. They want what is best for you. But they don't know the entrepreneur world. Let the have their say. And thank them for their input. But most of them do not know startups.
You will have to respond to both the kings of commerce, your customers and your investors. As well as with the stakeholders your employees,
your suppliers, and your neighbors. You will need to guide your own path through them. Not swaying like a grass to the breeze nor being an
Determination and courage are vital qualities to have as you embark on the unknown. The will to hold on is important. And the courage to change and follow through on the transition are equally vital.
make a path towards it, and don't falter simply because things get a little rough.
you have and put it down on one shot? Your reputation, savings,
assets and resources and put them on the line? There is no secure
safety net. Entreprenuers and their companies live and die on their
own merits. If you can't survive without a subsidy or a support
structure, then when it disappears so will you.
There is risk in every stage of startups. There is risk in everything you do.
However it is always done in a way you never would have allowed. The
reality is you would have broken your toy in a different way.
Relationships, contracts, contacts and companies all are at risk.
Sometimes you will need to play cleanup. Other times you will rebuild.
It can become wearying to constantly build and rebuild infrastructure.
But the organization always needs it.
Be prepared to go over ground again. It's all part of the game.
in many ways. Others will always take you words and add their own
The press and media will be culpable in this. The folks running those
organizations will have their own agenda and goals. How your words
best fit their needs will be what you see in print.
Anyone who puts too much faith and trust in those press clippings
without doing their own research will be challeneged.
There is no such thing as an "idea man." You need to execute, you need to make sure that you are doing more than mental exercises. No investor wants you to just sit around and think. No one will pay you to be "smart." They want you to do something.
The imposters of triumph and disaster convey the idea of finality. Rarely will that be true. Only a few events can or should stop a true entrepreneur. Keep going and persevere for the long haul. Not letting temporary conditions trick you into letting up or letting go.