Don’t stop believin’
Few people are entrepreneurs. Even fewer are successful.
But for the resilient ones — the dreamers, thinkers and changemakers — being an entrepreneur is the only path.
I’ve come to find entrepreneurship is a process. It is neither a sprint, nor a marathon — it is evolving. It is beautiful, gratifying and deeply terrifying.
Fortunately, I’ve had help along the way. Advisors provide valuable advice, direction and motivation. Investors do the same with an obvious vested interest in success.
With each time I’ve failed — and it’s been often — they have guided me back on track and helped me walk the path to my vision.
But I’ve learned that while investors, advisors, co-founders, etc. are necessary, no one will build this company for me. I am the one person who can make it become my vision.
The only entrepreneurs I know have achieved success after years of pushing forward with their vision. And every time I encounter a challenge or question my motivation, I’m reminded of Chris Sacca:
“Everything good in my life has come immediately following a period of anxiety, intensity, uncertainty and commitment.”
Don’t stop believin’.
I'm an EIR at Animal Ventures, an entrepreneur and an advisor to startups and funds. I'm also on the Council of Judges for National Geographic, a guest professor at The University of Texas, and have served as an expert for the U.S. State Dept. More »