Crossing the swamp

The higher the stakes of what you’re trying to achieve, the more personal conflicts you’ll encounter along the way.

Some people will try to pull you down because what you’re trying to achieve goes against their self-interest.

Others will do the same out of jealousy.

And yet others will do the same simply because they see the first and second groups doing so.

When this happens, you have a choice. You can either spend your time working on what you’re trying to achieve, or spend it trying to fight off these people. And only the former gets you closer to your goal.

As a NASA employee once said, “your purpose is to cross the swamp, not to fight all the alligators”.

Originally published at Thoughts of a VC.