Thanks for writing the article Jeff, but I’m calling bullshit on this one. I agree that an “overnight success” is pretty much a myth, but quite often one does need to take a leap of faith in order to pursue a dream, even if there’s a long and arduous road ahead, as there almost always is.
For many, quitting their day job is a terrible idea. But the reality is that things aren’t as black and white as you make them out to be. What may have been your path to success is not a typical path for most successful entrepreneurs, according to a man much wiser than myself — Paul Graham. Consider his thoughts on the day job:
Statistically, if you want to avoid failure, it would seem like the most important thing is to quit your day job. Most founders of failed startups don’t quit their day jobs, and most founders of successful ones do. If startup failure were a disease, the CDC would be issuing bulletins warning people to avoid day jobs.
If you’re building something people want, and you believe in it and have any means at all to pursue it, my (lowly) advice is to go for it. We only live once, and if everyone takes the slow and steady approach, human progress is sure to be stunted. And you know what the best part is: no matter which path folks choose, odds are we’ll be happy with our decision. Startups are an immensely risky endeavor, but for most entrepreneurs, the bigger risk feels like watching our opportunity to pursue our dreams slowly pass us by.