You must choose the vortex or the monster

In ancient Greek myth, sailors feared sailing the Straights of Messina because of the Charybdis whirlpool.

In order to avoid being sucked into the vortex, ships had to hug the opposite side of the channel.

The trouble was Scylla, the twelve-headed monster, that lived on the rocks on the opposite side.

To avoid the vortex and certain death, you had to confront the monster and possible death.

Entrepreneurs face the same dilemma.

Never take a risk, and be inexorably sucked into the vortex of failure.

Take a risk, and maybe you’re eaten by a monster.

It’s not really a choice.

You have to take the path where you at least have a chance of success.

Face the monster.


Originally published at The Big Almanack.