I wrote this post some time back when I was struggling away at a yoga retreat.
When I read all this crazy stuff about Theranos, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/03/shes-a-criminal-who-should-be-in-prison-vcs-trash-elizabeth-holmes-theranos-and-shareholders, I am reminded again of the scene. For the record I think the CEO if Theranos should be in jail and it may actually happen if people who were tricked by her begin to sue.
Being in the startup industry I see all of the stages of companies but I remind myself that as a whole we all only see what is being written about, what is being put on social media or what we grok at an event. For the rest of us we either feel what we are doing, see the folks around us or hear first hand tails retold by those who know.
However most of the time we only know about our personal struggles, losses and wins – and maybe those close to us. I urge everyone to listen more closely to those around you while digging into your own journey a bit more.
Your own markers for success probably won’t come with a press release and may even go unnoticed by others but you have to dig down and enjoy them for what they are. You will also have to deal with many of your losses on your own and figure out how best to course correct and learn from them.
The startup journey is never easy and mostly doesn’t end for founders they way they hoped it would.
I have been writing things down more than usual hoping I can look back to celebrate the small successes while making sure I try and learn from the bumps and bruises all the way.
I salute the doers – wherever you are. Enjoy your journey.